Finding your voice is important, but it’s important to avoid letting it define you. While Soccer Mommy showed a range of ideas on Collection,…Read More
Founded by former Living Blues magazine editor Peter Redvers-Lee and Matthew Johnson in 1992, the label initially specialised in discovering blues players from the North Mississippi region, many of whom had never recorded before. At Fat Possum’s behest some artists, particularly R. L. Burnside, released both standard blues albums and more “techno” albums, done in the style that would later be made famous by Moby’s album Play. This led to a fair amount of controversy among blues purists, a group in which Johnson was largely uninterested.
Many of the early artists for Fat Possum were picked with the aid of New York Times music critic Robert Palmer, who also produced a number of records for the label.
Although their releases were critically acclaimed, particularly Junior Kimbrough’s album All Night Long, which received 4 stars from Rolling Stone and the loud approval of Iggy Pop, Fat Possum was perennially strapped for cash. Word of mouth and artist compilations, such as Not the Same Old Blues Crap 3 (with a cover illustration by Joe Sacco) and All Men Are Liars, gradually pulled Fat Possum out of the red, even if only for brief periods of time. Unfortunately, a legal fight with Capricorn Records, who were to be their distributor, drained Fat Possum’s funds and left a number of projects on the shelf.
R. L. Burnside proved early on to be the label’s biggest money maker. Having toured with The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, he and Jon Spencer’s band teamed up to record, in a single afternoon, the record A Ass Pocket of Whiskey, which further helped Burnside and Fat Possum gain wider recognition. A remix of the R. L. Burnside song “It’s Bad You Know” was also featured prominently on The Sopranos.
With time, many of the label’s artists have died. Asie Payton, King Ernest, and Charles Caldwell died before their records could be released. Junior Kimbrough died in 1998. R.L. Burnside died in 2005.
As the label has developed, it has begun to broaden its base of artists and sign a range of younger bands such as the Heartless Bastards, Deadboy & the Elephantmen, AA Bondy, The Black Keys, Andrew Bird, and the hip hop group, MellowHype. It has also begun to release more archival records, such as George Mitchell’s 1967 recordings of Furry Lewis, Mississippi Joe Callicott, R.L. Burnside, Townes Van Zandt, and others, with covers designed by Chip Kidd.
The label also took a step in recent years to start releasing music from the new lo-fi rock trend, and released music from artists like Wavves, Crocodiles, and Bass Drum of Death. They also have tapped into the indie-folk scene releasing Verbena’s frontman A.A. Bondy’s solo records.
Soccer Mommy, releases her debut LP Clean in a few weeks, via Fat Possum Records. Today she has shared the new album tracl “Still…Read More
Courtney Marie Andrews will release her new LP, May Your Kindness Remain, on March 23rd via Loose in the UK & Europe and Fat…Read More
Sophie Allison AKA: Soccer Mommy has announced her debut album. After releasing several Bandcamp recordings, Clean is Allison’s first trip into the studio with…Read More
“Seven Days” is off The Dove and The Wolf’s debut EP I Don’t Know What To Feel was originally self-released last year but is…Read More
Hoops have announced the first vinyl release of their early works Tapes #1-3. These tapes were all self-recorded and self-released before Fat Possum stumbled…Read More
Indiana band Hoops released their debut album Routines on May 5th via Fat Possum. Hoops – which was named for nursery hoop houses and…Read More
Hitting their third record, Pennsylvania indie-rockers The Districts, certainly have a sense of theatrics on their record. Consistently emotionally strong and sonically impressive, the…Read More
Bringing the best of her previous releases together for her first release with Fat Possum, Sophie Allison (aka Soccer Mommy) has the perfect debut…Read More
The Districts recently unveiled their video for “Ordinairy Day”. The song is taken from their forthcoming release, Popular Manipulations, out August 11th on Fat…Read More
Soccer Mommy – the project of nineteen-year-old Nashville native, NYU student and musical wunderkind Sophie Allison – recently announced her forthcoming Fat Possum debut…Read More
The Districts have released their new single “If Before I Wake.” The track is off the band’s forthcoming release Popular Manipulations, out August 11th…Read More