RECOMMENDED CD AND RECORD COMPANIES
Ace Records – UK Number One reissue label with mega catalogue. Lots of great post war blues, gospel, R&B rock and roll from labels such as Modern, Specialty, Combo, Stax, Excello etc.
Alligator Records – The original Houserockin’ Music label from Chi Town!
Arcola Records – Specialising in country blues recordings made in the 1960s and 70s by Furry Lewis, Henry Townsend, Babe Stoval etc.
Arhoolie Records – Been around since the early 1960s, fantastic reissues of blues, cajun, tejano, zydeco, tex mex, polka, country.
Bear Family – Europe’s box set king! German reissue company with great box sets including blues, R&B and country.
BGO Records – UK reissue label with occasional blues and rock ‘n’ roll
Black and Tan Records – From the Netherlands bringing you the best in contemporary blues.
Blind Pig Records – US label releasing contemporary recordings, some serious stuff here.
Delmark Records – US label reissuing blues and R&B from the post war era, plus jazz and 60s/70s blues recordings.
El Toro – Viva Espana! Some great R&B and rockabilly reissues.
Earwig Music – US label who have been issuing blues albums since the 1970s.
Electro-Fi – Canadian based label issuing current artists such as Harmonica Shah, Snooky Pryor as well as some great 40s, 50s, 60s compilations of rarities.
JSP Records – UK label issuing contemporary blues as well as box sets
MC Records – US label issuing touring blues artists including Big Jack Johnson, Eddie King and Kim Wilson.
Northern Blues – Canadian blues label features some fine acoustic and contemporary artists.
Norton Records – US reissue label, including 1950s R&B, early 1960s R&B, rockabilly etc.
Old Hat Records – Great vintage country, old timey and blues 78s reissue label.
Proper Distribution – The largest independent distributor in the UK, Proper Music Distribution provides top quality distribution services to over 400 labels from around the world supplying UK retailers and export accounts.
Proper Records – UK box sets, double CDs of blues, R&B, roots and country music.
Rhino Records – Not to be missed – reissues of all kinds and great web site.
Rooster Blues – Reissues of 1960s and 70s Chicago blues as well as current Delta musicians.
Rounder Records – US label still releasing wide range of blues and roots music.
Ruf Records – Rocking contemporary blues.
Stony Plain Recording Co. – Canadian label with releases by Duke Robillard, Bobby Charles and lots more.
Telarc – US label releasing contemporary blues, a mixed bag.
Tone Cool Records – Good contemporary blues label from the USA.
Wolf Records – Austrian blues label, massive catalogue of reissues and later blues recordings by the likes of Magic Slim.
Yazoo Records – Classic reissues of US blues, ethnic and rural music wonderfully presented.
RECOMMENDED MAIL ORDER and RECORD AUCTIONS
Bluebeat Music – US mail order company. Large catalogue, current releases plus rarities.
Bim Bam Records – UK based mail order company. Tons of blues, R&B, doo wop, rock ‘ n’ roll, rockabilly, western swing, instrumentals, skiffle!
Down Home Music – Current releases as well as occasional rarities from this US mail order company.
John Tefteller’s World’s Rarest Records – Just as it says. Some of the rarest blues 78s, 45s, EPs, LPs on the planet.
Red Lick – one of the oldest and best mail order outlets around: Blues, R&B, Gospel, Jazz, Hillbilly: New and secondhand CDs, vinyl, books
Roots & Rhythm – Quality mail order company based in El Cerrito, USA.
Regular catalogue as well.
Yazoo – Mail order outlet for Yazoo CDs and Vestopol DVDs. Great pre-war and piano blues CDs. Top quality reissues.
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