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Andre "Mr. Rhythm" Williams is a perfect study in the mysterious, multifaceted power of music. Throughout his 50+ year career as a performer, songwriter, and producer he has seen how music can define the individual, how music is widely perceived, how it can alter a soul for better or worse, and now how it can simply be used to describe things you just don’t understand - the overriding theme of this release.

As the story goes: during the summer of 2010, Andre got together with his "Detroit boys" to record, as he called it, "the Andre Williams folk album." 'Hoods & Shades' is the result, nine songs created by music roadmen led by THE music roadman.

Making contributions are: renowned Grammy Award-winning producer Don Was on upright bass, Motown legend/Funk Brother Dennis Coffey on acoustic and electric guitars, Dirty Three drummer Jim White, Greasy Carlisi (Robert Gordon, Chris Spedding) and Jim Diamond (Dirtbombs) on electric bass, and longtime producer Matthew Smith (Nathaniel Mayer, Outrageous Cherry, Volebeats). The album plays out like an afternoon hangout among music peers, speaking of experiences through their instruments, dynamic stylings, and overall touch…

Barrence Whitfield & The Savages

Soul Flowers Of Titan

    From a far out moon beyond the rings of Saturn to a dingy studio in Cincinnati, Barrence Whitfield and the Savages' new platter embraces a cosmic and groovy unification. It's a wild, electric phantasmagoria of blues, rock, garage, and soul; it blasts off into diverse orbits only to come back together into a singular Savage cosmology. BW&S shot out of Boston in the mid-'80s with the force of a rocket ship. Through their sweaty dance party shows and love of primal soul, they were to R&B what the Cramps were to rockabilly-a gateway musical drug for nascent underground roots mavens.

    Sarah Shook & The Disarmers

    Years

      When Sidelong, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers' debut album, was released in early 2017, it quickly earned kudos for its blast of fresh, fierce honesty and sly wit. It was a welcome new voice in a genre too often mired in the staid and conventional. Years solidifies the point: Sarah Shook & the Disarmers have moved from getting people's attention to commanding it. Inspired by artists such as the Sex Pistols, Elliott Smith and Hank Williams, Sarah sings with confidence, control, and a hint of menace. The Disarmers match her on every track.

      Various Artists

      Bloodshot Records' 13 Days Of Xmas

        Bloodshot Record's 13 Days of Christmas is a-you guessed it-thirteen-song compilation of off-kilter original Christmas songs and unlikely covers by Bloodshot artists and friends like Murder By Death, Jon Langford Kelly Hogan Barrence Whitfield & The Savages, Ron Gallo, and Ha Ha Tonka. The collection runs the gamut of garage rock doo wop honky tonk surf and more. From the traditional to the subversive there's something for everyone's stocking. 

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

        Jon Langford

        Four Lost Souls

          Carted off to Muscle Shoals, Alabama under the cloud of dark politics, Welsh-born, Chicago-based punk-rocker-turned-Americana musical icon and revered visual artist Jon Langford and a band of alchemists and merry-makers filed into NuttHouse studio, a one-story former bank building in Sheffield, AL, the day after the 2016 election and four days later emerged with Four Lost Souls.

          It's an album of pure Americana - not just because of where it was recorded, or that many of its players helped put Muscle Shoals on the musical map, but because it is beyond the news of the day. It goes to a place where the differences between country, soul, blues, and rock and roll are blown aside by the warm, languid breezes. The music has no time for such petty details because in the moment, in that place, was the sound of sweet agreement. 

          Mekons

          Existentialism

            "As an aural document, it's kinetic and crackling, a live recording that captures the excitement of a concert. As a complete piece, it says something powerful; it's a call to arms for old punks, unrepentant artists, and assorted freaks, all pushing against the tides of modern life." - Pitchfork

            In July 2015, with the help of 75 die-hard mekons fans, MEKONCEPTION took place at the Jalopy Theater in Red Hook, Brooklyn, an event dedicated to creating a new record in real time around a single microphone. Born were twelve brand new Mekons songs, created live in one take - part album, part performance art, part art-ifact, all Mekons. Originally released as a highly limited edition book and CD only available through the band and long sold out, due to popular demand Bloodshot Records is releasing the stand- alone CD component from this historic Mekons event.

            William Elliot Whitmore & Esme Patterson

            Play Each Other's Songs

              William Elliott Whitmore & Esme Patterson are both critically acclaimed and beloved by their fans for their distinct voices and style of songcraft. Whitmore's hauntingly sparse rural twang and earthy, weatherbeaten vocals and Patterson's dreamy 60's soul-pop flecked indie sound might seem like a strange pairing at first, but these two seemingly very different songwriters have come together on this limited edition 7" to do exactly what the title says... play each other's songs. Two artists paying mutual respect to one another, showcasing each other's unique songwriting prowess in their own thoroughly well-developed and road-tested style for a short musical detour. 

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              Ltd 7" Info: Limited edition 7".

              Real is one of those exciting records where you sense an artist truly hitting their stride. Whether you've followed Lydia's career forever, or you're new to her game, Real is gonna grab your ears. On her first two Bloodshot full-length releases, there were fevered comparisons to acknowledged music icons like Loretta Lynn, Stevie Nicks, and the Replacements... She's half this, half that, one part something else. But now, Real and Lydia Loveless are reference points all their own: Genre-agnostic, Lydia and her road-tightened band stretch from soaring, singalong pop gems, roots around the edges, to proto-punk. There are many sources, but the album creates a sonic center all its own.

              Song to song, moment to moment, you might find yourself thinking "that could be" this, or "there are moments of" that, but you are quickly transported away to another moment, another thought, another sound, another shot at honesty. Always a gifted songwriter, Lydia gives the full and sometimes terrifying, sometimes ecstatic force to the word "real." Struggles between balance and outburst, infectious choruses fronting emotional torment are sung with a sneer, a spit, or a tenderness and openness that is both intensely personal and relatably universal. It is, as the title suggests, real.

              Scheherazade is Freakwater’s eighth album and first in over 10 years.
              Like the heroine of Scheherazade’s The Arabian Nights, their longevity sometimes depends on leaving their audience hanging. It is a release of familiarity as much as it is one of change, one that is distinctly different, but never loses sight of what it is that makes them Freakwater: It's new blood from a familiar vein.

              Anchored around the fragile and compelling harmonies of Janet Bean and Catherine Irwin and the subdued, oracular bass playing of Dave Gay, their utterly unique sound is distilled from many sources. There’s the elemental ache and loss in the soil & limestone of Kentucky and the songs & struggles that passed over the Atlantic from the British Isles centuries ago. There’s the energy and freedom in the ratty punk clubs of Louisville and Chicago at a time when rules and formalities were meant to be ignored. At once bluegrass, blues, folk, and country, it is also none of them; Freakwater is not dealing in historical artifacts. Rather, it is a product of two voices intertwined with one another for over three decades, creating a sound that might be best summarized as Appalachian soul.

              Includes guest appearances from Warren Ellis (Nick Cave) and Eleventh Dream Day's Jim Elkington.

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              LP includes MP3 Download Code.

              Barrence Whitfield & The Savages

              Under The Savage Sky

              "Barrence Whitfield is a treasure, with unbelievable pipes, an unimpeachable discography (with great taste in cover tunes) and undeniable appeal." – POPMATTERS "Showcases a wild musical abandon." - USA TODAY

              When asked about the methods and the madness behind capturing the scorched earth soul of Under the Savage Sky, guitarist Peter Greenberg explained that the band was eager for something "harder and garagier" than their previous record, while still connecting with the energy and originality of the classics. Given that the previous release, Dig Thy Savage Soul (their 2013 Bloodshot debut and first U.S. release in a couple decades), was a 12-round sonic knockout, the R&B wallop of Under the Savage Sky may very well stand for ‘Roundhouse & Beatdown.’ There’s no harder hitter than frontman Barrence Whitfield of Boston, MA. When he hits the boards with the Savages, you’re either gonna ride the energy or be crushed by it. We’re talking Joe Louis, Howlin’ Wolf, Wilson Pickett, Smokin’ Joe Frazier. Barrence has what these greats all possessed, the one thing a trainer cannot teach a fighter: a lust for mayhem.

              The wilder, louder, more insane the Savages bring it, the more BW is ready to attack the mic, to bring it high, to bring it low, to wear you down on the ropes, and eventually drop you. With the raw vocals, thick and nasty guitar tones, and preternaturally locked-in rhythm section, Under the Savage Sky might be the most soulful punk record - or perhaps the most punk soul record - you’ve ever heard. Compact, three minute-or-less blasts rocket back to the explosive heydays of The Dirtbombs and genre godfathers The Sonics. Under The Savage Sky rains soul and brimstone from the heavens. Keep your eyes to the sky... ain’t no umbrella gonna help you here.

              With its raw vocals, thick and nasty guitar tones, and preternaturally locked-in rhythm section, Under the Savage Sky might be the most soulful punk record (or the most punk soul record) you’ve ever heard, raining soul and brimstone from the heavens.

              Shindig Issue #49 - superb 4**** review "rocks like a broken gate in a hurricane, this recording is in your face and in your feet".

              Limited 7" from Bloodshot Records (produced for Black Friday in the USA).

              1000 copies worldwide.

              Andrew Bird & Nora O'Connor cover Robbie Fulks' "I'll Trade You Money For Wine" from his 2013 album "Gone Away Backwards".

              Robbie Fulks returns the favour with a cover of Bird's "Core & Rind" from his "Swimming Hour" album of 2011

              Ha Ha Tonka

              Buckle In The Bible Belt

              Mixing lonesome four-part harmonies and high energy rock, Ha Ha Tonka carves out a sound that conveys a sharp sense of place. Ha Ha Tonka's lyrics replicate the paradox that exists in the Midwestern Bible Belt that they know so well, where the realities of meth use, strip clubs, socio-economic hardship, and backwoods prejudices meet the literal interpretations of biblical story-tellers. This Ozark milieu creates some contradictory notions, but also some of the most poignant folk and gospel musical traditions in the nation's history.

              Various Artists

              Making Singles Drinking Doubles

              To celebrate their 100th release, Bloodshot have culled tracks from many long out of print singles and EPs, as well as some totally unreleased dandies, and brought them together for this collection. Artists include Waco Brothers, Ryan Adams, Andre Williams, Neko Case and The Sadies. As well as original songs, there are also some surprising cover version of tracks from the likes of Jimmy Cliff, P-Funk, Loretta Lynn, Poison, Freddy Fender, Madonna, XTC, and Hank Williams.

              Jon Rauhouse

              Steel Guitar Air Show

              Jon Rauhouse brings back the glory and artistry of the instrumental LP with this collection of pedal steel guitar and Haiwaiian guitar gems. You may know him from his recent collaborations. His playing has been a fundamental part of recent recordings by Neko Case, The Waco Bros and Calexico. The arrangements and the musicianship on this album will put to shame any and all dillettante rockers, and with the backing talents of Calexico, and for those who just need the sound of a human voice, guest vocalists Neko Case, Sally Timms and Kelly Hogan - what more could you need?

              Sons Of The Pioneers

              Symphonies Of The Sage

              Bloodshot historical / roots imprint bring you 25 rare and unissued songs from the greatest cowboy groups of the old West. The Sons Of The Pioneers were in prime form in 1941, when they were artists-in-residence for the WLS radio powerhouse in Chicago. During their time in the Windy City, the Pioneers made a series of studio recordings from which "Symphonies Of The Sage" have been resusitated. They offer renditions of Pioneers classics, romanticised portrayals of the West, sagebrush humour and rollicking instrumentals showcasing the diversity and depth of the group's talents. So saddle up you little dawggies.

              Robbie Fulks

              Couples In Trouble

              A collection of 12 songs, each of which, as the title suggests, documents a tale of two people in crisis. Mostly country / bluegrass songs but occasionally deliving into pop and rock. Very good!

              Alejandro Escovedo

              A Man Under The Influence

              Wonderful new album from guitarist Alejandro Escovedo. Performed by his band who include members of Son Volt, Freakwater and Superchunk amongst others. Also includes contributions from ex Whiskeytown members Ryan Adams and Caitlin Cary.


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