In honor of Independence Day, KEXP is saluting some of our favorite indie record labels who’s DIY-spirit helped revolutionize the music industry. As an independent radio station ourselves, KEXP is thrilled to give a 13-gun salute to these pioneers with a series of label spotlights through the Fourth of July.
Throughout its 18-year run, Bloodshot Records has remained faithful to its namesake, releasing records that straddle genre lines with riotous passion and a penchant for rowdiness. Founded by Nan Warshaw and Rob Miller as a way to document Chicago’s burgeoning underground country scene, the label soon gained momentum at the forefront of the alternative country scene. It wasn’t long before their roster expanded to include non-Chicago artists of all genres, including Old 97’s, Neko Case, Kelly Hogan, Alejandro Escovedo, and Ryan Adams. Still based in Chicago, Bloodshot remains fueled by a constant curiosity, a militantly DIY-approach, and a well of hatred for commercial country and rock. The label celebrated their 15th anniversary with a series of concerts in 2009, and if they don’t burn themselves out, chances are that they’ll still be pounding drinks and releasing records another 15 years from now. Watch video of the Old 97’s playing the Triple Door for KEXP below, alongside videos from other Bloodshot artists. For more samples of Bloodshot’s catalog, visit the giveaways section of their website.
Old 97’s – Wreck Your Life (1996)
Alejandro Escovedo – Bourbonitis Blues (1999)
Ryan Adams – Heartbreaker (2000)
Kelly Hogan – Because It Feel Good (2001)
Neko Case – Blacklisted (2002)
Jon Langford and the Sadies – Mayors of the Moon (2003)
The Bottle Rockets – Zoysia (2006)
Justin Townes Earle – Midnight at the Movies (2009)
Lydia Loveless – Indestructable Machine (2011)
“I Want My Mojo Back” by Scott H Biram