Acony Records was founded by artists Gillian Welch and David Rawlings in 2001 to release their own recordings. Acony's latest release is "A Friend Of A Friend" by Dave Rawlings Machine, the first project by the pair to feature Dave as the frontman.
Since 1994, Bloodshot Records has championed music that lurks between genres; the good stuff nestled in the dark, nebulous cracks where punk, country, soul, pop, bluegrass, blues and rock mix and mingle and mutate. Bloodshot artists work over American roots forms with chains and velvet gloves with little regard for formality or protocol; they aren't afraid to molest and caress these forms to take music into uncharted and exciting waters. Bloodshot and it's artists share a punk/DIY ethic of expression. Bloodshot's artist roster includes: Bobby Bare Jr., Detroit Cobras, Scott H. Biram, The Bottle Rockets, Deadstring Brothers, Gore Gore Girls, Wayne Hancock, Graham Parker, The Silos, Waco Brothers, and Wee Hairy Beasties. From Bloodshot's shabby offices on a bleak stretch of the Northwest Side of Chicago, the label forges ahead in an environment hostile to the little guy, keeping its steel-toed boot on the throats of the forces responsible for the free fall decline of the contemporary music scene.
The brainchild of Grammy-winning banjo pioneer Alison Brown and bassist/producer Garry West, Compass Records is a new breed of roots-music label: eclectic, sophisticated, and distinctly modern. Eleven years and over 200 releases into its journey, Compass Records has been featured by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Boston Globe, and has been heralded by Billboard Magazine as one of the greatest independent labels to emerge in the last decade. Compass's diverse catalog includes releases from Paul Brady, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Lúnasa, Alison Brown, Colin Hay, Kate Rusby, Victor Wooten and The Waifs.