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 youï¿½your 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.
Jesse Dee's "I Won't Forget About You" on the Steve Katsos Show (4/30)
Antone's Home of the Blues DVD
A legend every night. One of the world's premier showcases for blues and roots music. Antone's is a beacon for both legends and newcomers alike. Founded by the late Clifford Antone over 30 years ago, the club has welcomed a "who's who" of blues greats to Austin, Texas and continues to inspire and nurture new musical talent.
Featuring exclusive performance footage and revealing interviews, this extraordinary film captures the magic which has made ...
JAMES COTTON APPEARS ON NPR'S WEEKEND EDITION SATURDAY ON MAY 11, 2013
NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday featured blues harmonica legend James Cotton on Saturday, May 11.