Dec 212014


We all have different answers concerning what label started the whole independent movement.
Some call it the “Roots Music” movement or “scene”..I don’t know folks.
I DO KNOW that Chicago’s own Bloodshot Records was the label that introduced me
to a boatload of the artists I feature on here, and have loved for years!
It introduced me further to Wayne “the Train” Hancock with it’s release of “A Town Blues” and
“Swing Time”. Both were classic albums in my collection.

The Dirty O’l One Man Band…none other than Scott H Biram also was introduced to me by
being a frequent Bloodshot Records lover.
And last year he released “Nothi’n But Blood” which was indeed a classic album of 2014.
I highly suggest you listen to that album as soon as possible.

Recently they released the LIVE Whitey Morgan album which i watched FLY OFF the merch shelf last weekend at the Exit In.
He performed a stellar show and you can read more about that HERE.

I also got into independent music from Moonshine Willy and The Bottle Rockets whom are both
on this label.
When I first moved to Nashville the Bottle Rockets tore up several venues I attended.
And later on I got into Eddie Spaghetti and Justin Townes Earle.
Earlier on I got into Split Lip Rayfield as well, and their live shows were some of
2004’s top shows along with Jason and the Scorchers and BR5-49 (who were NOT on this label).
Now in 2014 they bring us “While No One Was Looking” toasting 20 years of Bloodshot Records.

THIS IS why I started my website..this is why I do what I do. Because there aren’t a whole
list of many websites that DO tell you about independent music. I could name about ten!
The underdogs and the little guys are what Bloodshot Records is all about.
If YOU want to be part of the solution of what’s wrong with Music Row then support this
label and ALL OF THEM that release the independent music.
DON’T sit behind the social media and gripe….I WANT to see YOU at a venue!

This album is a two CD set that comes complete with a booklet and they are selling
shirts and other things on their website.
Here is a complete list of tracks:

1. Blitzen Trapper – “To Be Young (Is to Be Sad, Is to be High)”
Originally performed by Ryan Adams on BS071 Heartbreaker (2000)

2. Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants – “Look the Other Way”
Originally performed by Justin Townes Earle on BS193 Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now (2012)
(Shiflett is the lead guitarist of Foo Fighters and Me First & The Gimme Gimmes, formerly of No Use For a Name.)

3. Samantha Crain – “Cold Forgiver”
Originally performed by Ha Ha Tonka on BS207 Lessons (2013)

4. Chuck Prophet – “Dirt”
Originally performed by Andre Williams on BS185 Hoods & Shades (2012)
(Chuck Prophet is the former singer/guitarist of Green on Red and has written songs with/for Alejandro Escovedo, Solomon Burke, and Heart.)

5. Hiss Golden Messenger – “Where I Fell”
Originally performed by Robbie Fulks on BS211 Gone Away Backward (2013)

6. Dave Davison (of Maps & Atlases) – “Things I Didn’t Say”
Previously performed by Bobby Bare, Jr.’s Young Criminals’ Starvation League on BS110 From the End of Your Leash (2004)
(Dave Davison is the lead singer and guitarist of Maps & Atlases.)

7. Ted Leo – “Dragging My Own Tombstone”
Originally performed by Waco Brothers on BS054 Electric Waco Chair (2000)

8. Into It. Over It. – “Deep Red Bells”
Originally performed by Neko Case on BS099 Blacklisted (2002)

9. Split Single – “My Backyard”
Originally performed by Nora O’Connor on BS116 Til the Dawn (2004)

10. Limbeck – “Sound of Running”
Originally performed by Old 97’s on BS066 Early Tracks (1995, 2000)

11. Tim Kasher – “Aspidistra”
Originally performed by The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir on BS148 The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir (2007)
(Tim Kasher is the frontman of the bands Cursive and The Good Life and has also recorded several solo albums.)

12. Shakey Graves – “Happy Birthday Julie”
Originally performed by Wayne Hancock on BS080 A-Town Blues (2001)

13. Ivan & Alyosha – “My Winding Wheel”
Originally performed by Ryan Adams on BS071 Heartbreaker (2000)

14. Chuck Ragan – “Survivor Blues”
Originally performed by Cory Branan on BS195 MUTT (2012)
(In addition to his stellar solo career, Chuck Ragan is the lead vocalist/guitarist of Hot Water Music.)

15. The Minus 5 – “Cherokee Grove”
Originally performed by Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands on BS146 Cody’s Dream (2008)
(The Minus 5 is somewhat of a “supergroup” featuring Scott McCaughey and Peter Buck of R.E.M.)

16. Carolyn Mark – “Last to Know”
Previously performed by Alejandro Escovedo on BS027 More Miles Than Money (1998)

17. Daniel Romano – “Strange Birds”
Originally performed by Jon Langford & The Sadies on BS092 Mayors of the Moon (2003)

18. Charlie Parr – “Manifold”
Originally performed by Devil in a Woodpile on BS065 Division Street (2000)

19. The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – “St. Nick on the Fourth in a Fervor”
Originally performed by Ha Ha Tonka on BS145 Buckle In The Bible Belt (2007)

20. Possessed By Paul James – “I Came Around”
Originally performed by Murder By Death on BS200 Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon (2012)
Disc 2:

1. Andrew Bird and Nora O’Connor – “I’ll Trade You Money for Wine”
Originally performed by Robbie Fulks on BS211 Gone Away Backward (2013)

2. Ben Kweller – “2:00 AM”
Originally performed by The Meat Purveyors on BS091 All Relationships Are Doomed to Fail (2002)

3. Frank Turner – “The Corner”
Originally performed by Cory Branan on BS195 MUTT (2012)

4. Superchunk – “Come Pick Me Up”
Originally performed by Ryan Adams on BS071 Heartbreaker (2000)

5. KOJI – “East Jefferson”
Originally performed by Ben Weaver on BS173 Mirepoix & Smoke (2010)

6. The Great Crusades – “Fake Out Jesus” (Live)
Originally performed by The Blacks on BS 063 Just Like Home (2000)

7. Mike Watt & The Missingmen – “Up to My Neck In This”
Originally performed by Jon Langford & The Sadies on BS092 Mayors of the Moon (2003)
(Mike Watt is a legendary punk bassist and vocalist who has been a member of The Minutemen, Iggy & The Stooges, and Hovercraft (w/ Dave Grohl & Eddie Vedder).)

8. Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers – “Oh My Sweet Carolina”
Originally performed by Ryan Adams on BS071 Heartbreaker (2000)

9. Jerry David DeCicca – “Broken Bottle”
Previously performed by Alejandro Escovedo on BS027 More Miles Than Money (1998)
(Jerry David DeCicca is the former lead vocalist/guitarist of beloved Columbus folk-rockers The Black Swans.)

10. The Handsome Family – “1000 Dollar Car”
Originally performed by The Bottle Rockets on BS212 The Brooklyn Side (1994, 2013)

11. Warm Soda – “All Grown Up”
Previously performed by Gore Gore Girls on BS142 Get the Gore (2007)
(Warm Soda is a band led by Matthew Melton, former frontman of Oakland garage-rockers Bare Wires.)

12. James Leg (of Black Diamond Heavies) – “Is That You in the Blue?”
Originally performed by Dex Romweber Duo on BS186 Is That You in the Blue? (2011)

13. Two Gallants – “Truck Driver”
Originally performed by Scott H. Biram on BS122 The Dirty Old One Man Band (2005)

14. Diarrhea Planet – “Dry Land”
Originally performed by Waco Brothers on BS015 Cowboy in Flames (1997)

15. Kevin “Shinyribs” Russell – “All the Time”
Originally performed by Lydia Loveless on BS214 Boy Crazy (2013)
(Kevin Russell is the former frontman of The Gourds.)

16. The North Carolina Music Love Army (featuring Caitlin Cary, Chip Robinson, and Kenny Roby) – “Stick to the Plan”
Originally performed by Graham Parker on BS140 Don’t Tell Columbus (2007)
(Caitlin Cary is the former fiddle player and vocalist of Whiskeytown; Chip Robinson is the frontman of Backsliders; and Kenny Roby is the frontman of 6 String Drag.)

17. William Elliott Whitmore – “I Wish I Was the Moon”
Originally performed by Neko Case on BS099 Blacklisted (2002)

18. Samuel Fogarino (of Interpol) – “Liked It a Lot”
Originally performed by Charlie Pickett on BS 154 Bar Band Americanus (1984, 2008)
(Samuel Fogarino is the drummer for New York City’s heralded rock band Interpol.)

Just a few footnotes here off this tracklist.
“Truck Driver” is one of my favorite songs Scott H Biram does, and I think
it was re-done really well on this album.

PBPJ (Possessed By Paul James) is one of my favorite people on the independent
touring circuit. He is currently on Hillgrass Bluebilly Records and his release
“There Will Be Nights When I’m Lonely” was also a MUST HAVE in your collection.

So go ahead and order this album HERE.

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