Alligator Records is a Chicago-based blues and roots label that celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012. Our catalog includes over 230 in-print titles comprising the best in contemporary blues and roots rock. We are independently distributed in most (but not all) worldwide markets.
From our humble beginnings in the basement of an Ann Arbor, Michigan blues club in 1977, Blind Pig Records has grown into one of the premier blues labels in the world. A virtual who's who of blues and roots artists performed on the Blind Pig stage at one time or another - Otis Rush, Koko Taylor, Commander Cody, Asleep At The Wheel, Roosevelt Sykes, Robert Lockwood, Mighty Joe Young, Johnny Shines, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Walter Horton, Bonnie Raitt, Eddie Taylor, Jimmy Rogers, and Hound Dog Taylor, to name a few.
Icehouse Music, Inc. is a leading distributor of Texas, Americana, World and Roots music. Services include Brick and Mortar distribution, iTunes distribution, Executive distribution, Music production, Film/Video Production, Graphic Design, CD Manufacturing, Marketing, and Internet Support.
In the early 1960’s, Eugene (Gene) Lucchesi, Sr. founded The Sounds of Memphis Studio and productions. Over the next few years his company started several publishing companies: Beckie Publishing, Il Gatto, Sounds of Memphis and By-Gene Music; all Tennessee Corporations. He also started his own recording labels: Crystal, X-L, Pen and SOM.
In 1965, Gene cut a record on his X-L label on a group called... Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs. Every label he took the record to turned him down. However, Gene believed in this song and ran off 1,000 copies and it soon became a regional hit. It also got the attention of MGM records. Thirty days after being released on the MGM label, this song had sold 1,000,000 copies. This song was a #1 hit in the United States and all over the world. And, it was #1 on the charts in Germany for 42 straight weeks! This song is now a pop classic and its title is “Wooly Bully”!
Once the Sounds of Memphis Studio, production companies and Beckie Publishing had attracted national and international notice, MGM and Sounds of Memphis entered into a joint agreement. Over the next few years close to 100 songs were released on the MGM and MGM/SOM labels.
In 1984, the SOM studio and publishing companies were each sold separately. Although the studio has changed hands (and names) over the last few years, the publishing company was sold and continues to be owned and operated by Linda Lucchesi, Gene’s daughter. Linda formed Simply Grand Music, Inc. whose catalog includes all of the songs from SOM Publishing, Beckie Publishing, Il Gatto and By-Gene which are affiliated with BMI. In addition, Linda formed Memphis Town Music, Inc. which is affiliated with ASCAP.
True North Records is Canada's oldest independent record label and one of its largest. True North also operates in the U.S. where they are distributed by Rounder Records.
Founded in 1969 and with over 450 releases, 40 JUNO Awards and 37 gold and platinum records to its credit, True North is a unique Canadian recording company dedicated to fostering creativity among its artists.
True North boasts a diverse catalogue of recordings by such outstanding Canadian artists as Bruce Cockburn, the Golden Dogs, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, Stephen Fearing, Colin Linden, Tom Wilson, 54-40, Joel Kroeker, Lynn Miles, Hunter Valentine, Rheostatics, Howie Beck, Murray McLauchlan, Lighthouse, Rough Trade, Randy Bachman, NOJO and Michael Occhipinti.
True North also distributes recordings by such artists as Echo & The Bunnymen, the Buzzcocks, Richard Thompson, Kelly Joe Phelps, the Audreys, Cracker, the Church, Cowboy Junkies, Lenny Breau, The Guess Who, Hayseed Dixie, Janis Ian, Northey/Valenzuela, Martyn Joseph, Paul Kelly, the Oysterband, Double Trouble and many more through various licensing ventures.
True North is distributed in Canada by Universal Music; Planet in Australia and New Zealand; IRD in Italy; GO! Entertainment in Holland, Belgium and Luxemburg; Alive AG in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland; Rootsy Music in Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway; and Essential Music in the UK.