Bloodshot Records was born in 1994 with the release of its first album, the scene-capturing compilation For A Life of Sin: Insurgent Chicago Country. For the 25th anniversary, they wanted to come back home to shine a light, once again, on Chicago - ever-changing, ever-vibrant, ever-on-the-make - to champion the storytellers who keep the city a vital place.
Too Late to Pray: Defiant Chicago Roots is a redux of For A Life of Sin. It is a current magnifying-glass-look at some - but not even close to all - of the artists and groups making unique and special music in the city's roots scene. Some of the artists you may have heard of; some are woven so tightly into the fabric of the city, it's hard to imagine a time without them; some we've claimed, whether they like it or not, as natives; some you might be hearing for the first time; and some you may never hear from again. Robbie Fulks, Freakwater, Jon Langford's Hillbilly Lovechild (featuring Steve Albini), and The Handsome Family return in resplendent form from their contributions on For A Life of Sin and maintain their unchallenged status as guardians of the traditional guard.
Other featured artists are just as well-regarded in their accomplished tenure and we are now fortunate enough to release some of their exceptional music: Tammi Savoy, The Hoyle Brothers, Brendan Kelly, Lawrence Peters, and The Western Elstons. Some we have worked with before in other forms (Bethany Thomas & Tawny Newsome of Jon Langford's Four Lost Souls Joybird's Jess McIntosh); some have interned and worked at Bloodshot (The Dyes, Kelly Hogan ; others are more recent trailblazers of the scene and are driving it in exciting, new directions (Rookie, Wild Earp, Big Sadie, David Quinn, The Family Gold, Sima Cunningham of Ohmme, Saluda Moonlighters, Los Gallos).