Boot Records

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Boot Records
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Parent company Boot Records Ltd.
Founded 1971 (1971)
Founder Stompin’ Tom Connors
Jury Krytiuk
Distributor(s) Holburn
Genre country, folk & bluegrass
Country of origin  Canada
Location Toronto, Ontario
Official website [1]

Boot Records Ltd. was a Canadian country, bluegrass and contemporary folk label formed in 1971 in Toronto by Stompin' Tom Connors and his manager Jury Krytiuk.[1]

Early years[edit]

Originally started as a format for Connors' recordings, Boot shortly after began adding other Canadian country artists, including Don Sullivan, the first (and to date) the only Irish singer/song-writer to record an album of his own material in Nashville at 'Studio B' entitled, 'Sullivan Dreams'. A single from Sullivan's album was number 3 on CFGM playlist along with Gordon Lightfoot and Chris Christopherson at number 1 and number 2. Con Archer, the instrumental group The Emeralds, Humphrey and the Dumptrucks, Sharon Lowness, Dick Nolan (musician), Stevedore Steve, and Ted Wesley. In 1973, The Boot Master Concert series was started under the direction of Eleanor Koldofsky, and released LPs by Liona Boyd, Rita MacNeil, The Canadian Brass, the pianist Monica Gaylord, and the Ukrainian-born bass Yosyp Hoshuliak. Stompin’ Tom would go on to release 29 records during the 70s.[2]

Budget and bluegrass[edit]

Cynda, the budget label, reissued LPs by Connors and released LPs by artists of various countries and regions of Canada, the popular Irish-Canadian group Larry McKee and the Shandonairs, and later devoted a division to bluegrass, which included releases by Bluegrass 4, Bruce County, Cody (band), Cross Country Grass, Dixie Flyers, Humber River Valley Boys, Dennis LePage and Station Road (band), Whiskey Jack, as well as Native artists like Morley Loon, Charlie Panigoniak, and Willie Thrasher.[3]

1970s releases[edit]

Other acts released on Boot in the 1970s were: Donna and Leroy, Whiskey Jack, Alex Fraser, Ray Griff Joe Firth, Jack Holland, Ian Tyson, Chris Hennessy, The Cambridge Buskers, Leo Karz Stompers, Phil Bond (musician), John Ham (musician), Par Three, Mushroom (Irish band), (Ireland), Lincoln (1970s band), De Danann (Ireland), Gerry O’Kane (Ireland), Barley Bree (Ireland), and The Bushwackers Band (Australia).

1980s releases[edit]

The 1980s saw a little more diversity, maintaining many of the 1970s artists and also adding: Lynn Larabie, Kelly Kavanagh, Wiz Bryant, Blackstrap (band) (Canada), Kelita Haverland, The Schryer Triplets, The Emeralds (Canada), Ted Woloshyn, Richard Gulley, The Ladies Choice Bluegrass Band, Mendelson Joe, Ryan's Fancy Cliff Edwards (musician) Barry Smith (musician)

Discography[edit]

A complete discography for this record label can be started by creating the page Boot Records discography.

Legacy[edit]

The label became mostly inactive by the end of the 1980s.

External links[edit]

  • Stompin' Tom/Boot Records website [2]
  • Stompin’ Tom Live on YouTube [3]
  • Stevedor Steve – Newfie Screech on YouTube [4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Flohil, Richard. 'One man's impact,' Canadian World of Country Music, Jun, Jul 1973
  2. ^ 'Interview Jury Krytiuk,' CanComp, 128, Feb 1978
  3. ^ "Boot Records, Ltd.", The Canadian Encyclopedia of Music