Join the Alligator e-mail list and you'll hear from us when one of our artists is appearing near you, and when we offer a special deal or announce a new release at Plus, when you join, we'll send you a code for a 15% discount on your first order from our online store. And we promise never to give away or sell your email address to anyone.

Leave this field empty
Email Address:
Country: Postal Code:

Privacy Policy

Loading Flash...

Award-winning pianist/vocalist/songwriter Marcia Ball will release her new Alligator Records CD, The Tattooed Lady And The Alligator Man, on September 23, 2014.  For all the info on the release, see here.

Today, August 6th, Relix magazine launches the world premiere album stream of Can’t Even Do Wrong Right, Elvin Bishop’s welcome return to Alligator Records. The stream will run for the next two weeks until the CD hits the streets. Check it out here.

The nationally syndicated NPR radio program World Cafe featured Alligator recording artist Jarekus Singleton today, July 30th. Listen to the interview and hear his story here.

Jarekus Singleton, who will perform at the AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival in Johnstown, PA on Sat, August 2nd, was interviewed by Our Town Johnstown. He discusses his childhood, his basketball career and life on the road after the release of his Alligator Records debut, Refuse To Lose. Read all about it here.

Just in time for the double-pronged guitar attack that will happen when Selwyn Birchwood and Jarekus Singleton come to Evanston’s SPACE next Thursday, July 31st, Greg Kot features both young, up-and-coming bluesmen in today’s Chicago Tribune Entertainment Section. This is the first time that these two incendiary rising stars have ever shared a stage…a show that shouldn’t be missed! Read about it here.

Two Alligator artists headline Blues Brews and Barbecue at Monterey Bay this weekend in Monterey, CA –
Joe Louis Walker (7/26) and Elvin Bishop (7/27). Read about it here.

Alligator Records president Bruce Iglauer to receive “Iconic Innovators” Award from Airplay Direct.
 Read all about it here

Selwyn Birchwood is the featured artist at Band of The Day (July 18th). Listen to streaming tracks from his Alligator debut Don't Call No Ambulance, see videos and read up on their history here.

Call No Ambulance
, the brand Alligator Records debut from Tampa, FL’s Selwyn Birchwood, receives high praise in a review at, "a powerhouse player and emotive performer whose work respects blues tradition but could not be more contemporary…Highly recommended.” Read the full review here.

Bruce Iglauer
, Alligator founder and president, was honored last week when he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from A2IM (American Association of Independent Music). His acceptance speech was hailed as one of the highlights of last week's A2IM Libera Awards. Iglauer discussed the history and perseverance of Alligator and the many challenges facing the indie music community. You can read the entire speech here

On June 25, The National Endowment For The Arts (NEA) announced that soul/blues/gospel legends The Holmes Brothers (Wendell Holmes, Sherman Holmes and Popsy Dixon) will receive a coveted and prestigious National Heritage Fellowship. For the full story, see here.

Blues Blast Magazine
, the online blues publication, today announced that five Alligator Records artists received a total of seven 2014 Blues Blast Music Award nominations. Voting is open to subscribers and non-subscribers alike at beginning July 15, 2014 and continuing until September 15, 2014.  See all the Alligator nominees here.

The Holmes Brothers are the featured artist at Band of The Day (June 20th). Listen to streaming tracks from their Alligator release Brotherhood, see videos and read up on their history here

Alligator’s two young bluesmen, Selwyn Birchwood and Jarekus Singleton, are featured in the Washington Post Style Section this weekend. These visionary singer/songwriter/guitarists are carrying the torch for the next generation of blues! Read the feature here

Young Mississippi bluesman Jarekus Singleton is the featured artist at Band of the Day for June 5th.  Listen to five streaming tracks from his brand new Alligator Records debut, Refuse To Lose, see videos and more. Check it out here

The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog premiered full album stream of Selwyn Birchwood’s Alligator debut, Don’t Call No Ambulance, yesterday, June 3rd. The stream will be available all week leading up to the release on June 10th. Check it out here 

Shemekia Copeland: On Stage At World Cafe Live DVDShemekia Copeland: On Stage At World Cafe Live DVD
Blues diva Shemekia Copeland rocks the audience from her opening electrifying song to a raucous ending that has the audience moving to the beat and the critics touting her as the contemporary Etta James.
And the soul just keeps coming from this sensational young star, whose indescribably powerful voice and inventive melding of musical genres garnered rave reviews for her newly released album The Soul Truth. DVD

Click to sign up for our newsletter!
The Making of Elvin Bishop's "Can't Even Do Wrong Right"

Click Here to View All Videos

Welcome to Alligator Records
When I created Alligator Records, the very first promo piece to promote that very first Hound Dog Taylor album was headed "Genuine Houserockin' Music." That became our slogan, and we wear it proudly today. "Genuine" because the music we record is deeply rooted in the blues tradition (even when it pushes the standard definition of blues) and is created by musicians who have honed their songs not on synthesizers in their bedrooms, but in front of real audiences, responding to the emotional needs of their listeners. "House" instead of "theatre" or "arena" or "stadium," because our music is ultimately intimate, even when it's big and loud. It's not meant to be presented. It's meant to be shared between the musicians and the audience, like everyone at Florence's shared the music with Hound Dog Taylor. And "Rockin'" because it's designed to move you. Most of Alligator's records will move your feet or your body, but we've tried to make records that will move that other part of your soul. Sometimes that can mean music that cleanses your inner pain by pulling it out of you, the "hurts so good" that is so special to the blues. And sometimes it just means the pure release and fun of musicians pouring their energy into a great groove.
-Bruce Iglauer

Gator Tweets
4 wks straight! @selwynbirchwood Tops the @rootsmusreport Blues Chart.
8/21/2014 11:52AM

RT @annie_acsgbg: @Reakdog...this guy tho...amazing! In Wheeling, WV, WOW! Blew. Us. Away. Gonna be a big star! Loved every minute! http…
8/21/2014 9:43AM

RT @Msicaaldia: U.S.A NEW RECORDS 'Can´t Even Do Wrong Right' by @ElvinBishop42 @iTunesMusic
8/20/2014 3:51PM

@ElvinBishop42's CD out this wk, CAN'T EVEN DO WRONG RIGHT, reviewed at
8/20/2014 2:08PM

Celebrate release of new @MarciaBallBand CD in #Austin w/ #FREE in-store PERFORMANCE at @WaterlooRecords 9/23 at 5 pm
8/20/2014 11:28AM

Gator Tweets

Always Free U.S. Shipping