For a Decade of Sin: 11 Years of Bloodshot Records
First Appeared in The Music Box, December 2005, Volume 12, #12
Written by T.J. Simon
The Chicago-based home of insurgent country is celebrating its 11th anniversary with For a Decade of Sin: 11 Years of Bloodshot Records, a 42-track, two-CD compilation of new material. The musicians in question come from a line-up of Bloodshot’s usual suspects (Kelly Hogan, Waco Brothers, Devil in a Woodpile), its alumni (Old 97’s, The Bottle Rockets), and its fans (My Morning Jacket, Mary Lou Lord). No matter where one’s taste falls within the alternative country spectrum, there’s something for everyone to be found within this overstuffed compilation. Fans of Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?’s roots-oriented musings will be pleased with Little Glass of Wine, a collaboration between Paul Burch and Ralph Stanley. Elsewhere, the Bottle Rockets deliver a dirty little blues number on A Living Hell, and John Doe joins Jim and Jennie & The Pinetops on a bluegrass-infused romp through Call of the Wrecking Ball. Familiar covers are represented on the disc with Andre Williams & The Sadies recording Shake a Tail Feather, and Jon Langford’s Waco Brothers closing the outing with I Fought the Law. An improbable, but effective version of Love Train performed by The Yahoos also graces the album. Missing from the endeavor are some notable voices — Where’s Neko Case? Where’s Ryan Adams? — who have had considerable history on the label, but with 42 previously-unrecorded songs retailing for under $20, this Americana package is an embarrassment of riches. Happy Birthday, Bloodshot. ½
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