About the list: Universal, Sony and Warner are not on this list. This would be a contradiction in terms. This list contains the most important record labels in the genre. Nine out of ten are still active. To visit their website, just click on the icon (opens in a new window). 

   

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10 rl 1

 

 

Devil's Ruin Records

 

 

NO

Devil’s Ruin Records rose and fell. The label stayed around long enough to release thirty or so albums. Many of them constitute the core of the gothic country genre. Read my tribute here (opens in a new window). 

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10 rl 2

 

 

Farmageddon Records 

 

 

YES  

Founded by Darren Dorlarque in 2009. Perhaps more of a co-op than a label. They focus on roots and underground music, such as Filthy Still, Jayke Orvis, The Goddamn Gallows and Highlonesome.  

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10 rl 4

  

 

 

Gravewax Records

 

 

 

YES

  

Run by the employees Seth, Jeremy and Katja. The homepage has been “under construction” since day one. Still, they have released obscure material such as Sons of Perdition and Peter Murphy’s Carver Combo.

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10 rl 3

 

 

Tribulation Recording Co.

 

 

YES

Tribulation Recording Co. is the home of Those Poor Bastards and Lonesome Wyatt and the Holy Spooks. Having your own record label gives you full economic and artistic control. Works like clockwork.

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10 rl 8

  

 

Suzy Q Records

 

 

YES

Their record store became an economic disaster and was closed down. The former store-owners started to promoting and releasing their own and others music in a small scale. Home of Reverend Elvis. 

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10 rl 9

  

 

Voodoo Rhythm Records

 

 

YES

Swiss label. Their mission statement really says it all: “Records to ruin any party. We make a junkie out of everybody – if it’s too loud you’re too old.” Home of The Dead Brothers. 

  

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10 rl 6sudd

 

 

 

Carrot Top Records

 

 

 

YES

A super small, independent record label in Chicago.  Sporadically releasing music of baffling quality for over 20 years, for examle The Handsome Family. Sadly, they will no longer be releasing any new music.

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10 rl 7

 

 

Alternative Tentacles

 

 

YES

Established in June of 1979 and is most likely the longest lasting (and still active) underground record labels around. Including bands like 16 Horsepower, Tarantella and Munly & the Lupercalians.

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10 rl 5

  

 

Glitterhouse Records

 

 

YES

German label. Evolved from a fanzine to a record label. Groundbreaking when it comes to releasing American music in Europe. For example Wovenhand and Slim Cessna’s Auto Club.

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10 rl 10

 

 

Bloodshot Records

 

 

YES

Founded in 1994. They have always been drawn to the good stuff nestled in the dark, nebulous cracks where punk, country, soul, pop, bluegrass, blues and rock n roll mix and mingle and mutate.