Down to the Promised Land - 5 Years of Bloodshot Records
If you've thought Bloodshot rocked you before, brother, you ain't heard nothing yet. This behemoth jumps on your ass with two CDs (over TWO HOURS OF MUSIC), holds you down and pours 40 new and unreleased tracks right down your gullet. You'll be bloating up with music from EVERY SINGLE artist on our much ballyhooed/oft-maligned roster, including Ryan Adams, Neko Case, Robbie Fulks, Alejandro Escovedo, Old 97's, Graham Parker and the Waco Brothers. You'll try to push yourself away, but not before our friends like Johnny Dowd, the Hollisters, Anna Fermin, Caitlin Cary (ex-Whiskeytown), Hazeldine, Bare Jr, Mike Ireland, Supersuckers, Giant Sand, the Handsome Family and more burst your buttons and leave you crying for mercy. To top it all off, we've packaged it up with a full color 20-page booklet. The critics already hate it!
"This collection does illustrate the basic truth about Bloodshot: of every four releases, one is marvelous, one is dreadful and the others just clutter up an already overcrowded market." John Conquest, Third Coast Music
But do the math my friends. If you will accept this critical opinion there are still no less than 10 "marvelous" songs. That's more marvelous songs than contained on Led Zeppelin IV, the greatest record ever. And with 10 "dreadful" songs we deliver more than Yes could muster on Tales From Topographic Oceans. Everyone wins!
We've never thrown so much money into the street for one release!! It's the least we could do to thank you, our fans, for the empty bank accounts, assorted tics, eroded stomach linings and gray hairs.
"From Texas swing to gritty honky tonk to sultry ballads, acts like the Sadies, Waco Brothers and Neko Case restore dignity and heart to a much maligned genre. Most compilations are erratic, but this one's consistency and range testify to the vision of a little label that could." Elisabeth Vincentelli, Entertainment Weekly
"This double disc is a shit-kicking pleasure from beginning to end. The collection is irreverent hoot-hollering fun." Mitch Myers, New City