A couple years ago Bloodshot Records celebrated its 20th anniversary with a triple LP compilation, from which we posted a song at the time. The whole record is a really interesting hodgepodge because it features a wide variety of performers covering songs from the label’s catalog. This lead to some unusual combinations, and in other cases some perfect marriages of different styles. Covering Bloodshot’s range of blues, folk and country, its one of the most enjoyable compilation albums we’ve heard in a while.
One of the songs on this collection is a cover of Ben Weaver’s “East Jefferson” recorded by Andrew Koji Shiraki, who usually performs under his middle name. The song, first posted when Ben performed here for the first time at Hymies, is from his second album for Bloodshot Records, Mirepoix and Smoke. Weaver, who released his next album after that on our own in-house label, is working on a new album and will be be here for our Record Store Day Block Party along with a list of other great local musicians (the list is here).