ATO Records

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ATO Records
ATO Records logo.png
Founded2000 (2000)
FounderDave Matthews
Coran Capshaw
Chris Tetzeli
Michael McDonald
Distributor(s)Caroline Distribution, PIAS (world)
Country of originUnited States
LocationNew York City

ATO Records (or According to Our Records) is an American independent record label based in New York City. The label was founded in 2000 by Dave Matthews and manager Coran Capshaw, and is run by Jon Salter.

ATO's roster includes Alabama Shakes, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Brandi Carlile, Joseph, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard,[1] Hurray for the Riff Raff, Benjamin Booker, Lee Ann Womack, SOJA, Okkervil River, Blind Pilot, Old 97's, Drive-By Truckers, Primus, Margaret Glaspy, The Claypool Lennon Delirium[2], J Roddy Walston and the Business, Amyl and the Sniffers,[3] Joseph[4] and My Morning Jacket.

The label also operates a sublabel, TBD Records, which was founded in 2007 and is best known for being the North American distributor for two Radiohead albums.[5]

ATO is distributed in the US by Universal's Caroline Distribution and by PIAS Group in Europe.[6]


In 2000 ATO released David Gray's album White Ladder – which contained the hit single "Babylon" – through a joint venture with RCA Records. White Ladder earned Gray a Grammy Award nomination in the Best New Artist category in 2002.

Between 2001 and 2006, ATO released albums by My Morning Jacket, Jem, Ben Kweller, Patty Griffin, Mike Doughty, Gov't Mule, and Gomez.

ATO dissolved its relationship with RCA Records in 2006, becoming fully independent. During this period, the label hired in-house marketing, radio, and sales personnel and began working more closely with its sister company, Red Light Management. Signings that followed included Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Dawes, Lisa Hannigan, J. Roddy Walston and the Business, Drive-By Truckers, Primus, Old 97s, Caitlin Rose, Old Crow Medicine Show, and, in 2011, Alabama Shakes.

Released in April 2012, Alabama Shakes’ debut album, Boys & Girls, was named as one of the year's best albums by many publications, including Rolling Stone[7] and The New York Times. The band received three Grammy nominations including Best New Artist and Best Rock Performance. In addition, Boys & Girls was nominated for Best Recording Package.

ATO branched out into other genres, including indie-rock, singer-songwriter, punk, neo-soul and psychedelic-rock. Signings included Brandi Carlile, Benjamin Booker, Okkervil River, Joseph, Hurray For The Riff Raff, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Margaret Glaspy, Nick Hakim, Midlake, Blind Pilot, Rayland Baxter, and Allen Stone.

Old Crow Medicine Show won the Grammy for Best Folk Album in 2014 and Brandi Carlile's The Firewatcher’s Daughter received a Grammy nomination in the Best Americana Album category the following year. In 2015, Alabama Shakes’ second album, Sound & Color, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. It earned the band three Grammy awards, including Best Alternative Music Album. The rising sister trio Joseph hit No. 1 at AAA radio and No. 1 on Billboard's Adult Alternative Songs radio airplay chart with its single “White Flag" in October 2016. Their debut album I’m Alone, No You’re Not debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart. Later that year, Margaret Glaspy’s debut album Emotions and Math was recognized by several Year End lists, including Jon ParelesNew York Times Best Albums of 2016.

ATO Records has won six A2IM Liberia Awards and has been nominated for a total of 14 over the past five years.

ATO Records also distributes releases by Phish, Jerry Garcia, and Ween.

From 2015 to 2016, the label celebrated its 15-year anniversary by reissuing classic releases such as Patty Griffin's 1000 Kisses, My Morning Jacket's Z and It Still Moves, and Rodrigo Y Gabriela's self-titled debut.

The label's highest selling releases are White Ladder by David Gray and Sound & Color by Alabama Shakes, both of which have been certified Platinum - for sales of or exceeding 1 million units - by the Recording Industry Association of America.[8] Three other releases have been certified Gold, for sales of 500,000 copies: In Rainbows by Radiohead, Boys & Girls by Alabama Shakes and A New Day at Midnight by David Gray.[8]

In November 2019, ATO artists Black Pumas were nominated for the Grammy for best new artist.[9][10]

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  1. ^ Desk, TV News. "Flightless & ATO Records Form Exclusive Label and Distribution Partnership". Retrieved 2019-07-15.
  2. ^ "Jim James & The Claypool Lennon Delirium Team Up for Joint Summer Tour". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-07-15.
  3. ^ "ATO signs Amyl & The Sniffers – hear new single "Some Mutts (Can't Be Muzzled)"". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved 2019-07-15.
  4. ^ "New Mix: Joseph, Strange Ranger, Bad Heaven Ltd., Asia, More". Retrieved 2019-07-15.
  5. ^ "Following 'In Rainbows'". Los Angeles Times. 2008-01-04. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2019-07-15.
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  7. ^ "50 Best Albums of 2012". Rolling Stone. 2012-12-05. Retrieved 2019-07-15.
  8. ^ a b "Gold & Platinum - RIAA: ATO label". RIAA. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  9. ^ Carras, Christ (November 20, 2019). "Who are Black Pumas, the Grammys' most mysterious new artist nominee?". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California.
  10. ^ Rowley, Glenn (November 20, 2019). "Black Pumas: 5 Things to Know About the 2020 Best New Artist Grammy Nominees". Billboard. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-11-22. Retrieved 2013-11-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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