Carved Records was founded by CEO Tim Porter (after a career in many non-music business ventures) and Vice President of Operations Phil Thomas (a music industry veteran with over 20 years in the music business). Since forming in 2009, the label has released six albums and one compilation album.
In 2012, Carved Records secured a new distribution deal with EMI, and deals with The Orchard and Cargo for worldwide distribution.
As of February 2013[update], Carved Records have two significant bands on the label.
- Texas Hippie Coalition
The band Texas Hippie Coalition (THC) was brought to the label’s attention early because of their own self-generated success. THC had been on the road consistently playing with bands they had grown up idolizing. They had found supportive fans in the form of music lovers, gear companies and corporate sponsors. THC met with Carved in late 2009. Shortly thereafter, Texas Hippie Coalition was the first band signed to Carved Records. They released their first national album, Rollin' on July 6th, 2010 via Carved Records. On August 14, 2013, THC released their third studio album, "Peacemaker".
In February 2012, Carved Records signed Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown. Said CEO Tim Porter: “Once we witnessed a live performance, adding Tyler to the Carved family was a priority. Not only is Tyler extremely talented, he has surrounded himself with equally as talented band mates. These guys are the real deal and everyone at Carved is very excited to be working with them.” On January 22, 2013, Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown released their first full length album, "Wild Child".
The Boot Campaign
Carved Records has partnered with "The Boot Campaign", a non-profit organization dedicated to easing the transitions of returning military from overseas. Their slogan, "get YOUR boots on" implies a need for civilians to put yourself in the position of our troops. Carved Records will be releasing a compilation album benefiting The Boot Campaign entitled When They Come Back...We Give Back. The album features Texas Country artists giving their time and music to support The Boot Campaign. Artists featured on the compilation include Carved Records' own No Justice, Robert Earl Keen Derek Sholl, Wade Bowen, Stoney LaRue, Micky and the Motorcars, Jason Boland and the Stragglers, Eli Young Band, Randy Rogers Band, Kevin Fowler, Aaron Watson, Reckless Kelly, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Bleu Edmondson, and Jack Ingram. The album was released September 14, 2010.
Carved Records Releases
- Texas Hippie Coalition: Rollin' - July 6th, 2010
- No Justice: 2nd Avenue - July 6th 2010
- Juke Kartel: Levolution - September 28, 2010
- The Boot Campaign Compilation: When They Come Back...We Give Back - September 14, 2010
- HURT: "The Crux" - May 1, 2012
- Texas Hippie Coalition: "Peacemaker" - August 14, 2012
- Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown: "Wild Child" - January 22, 2013
- "New Independent Label, Carved Records, Opens Doors" (Press release). Carved Records. Retrieved 8 February 2013.
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- "Carved Records Expands Worldwide; Inks Distribution Deals with EMI Label Services, The Orchard and Cargo". Carved Records. Retrieved 8 February 2013.
- "Texas Hippie Coalition's Peacemaker Available Today". Carved Records. Retrieved 8 February 2013.
- "Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown's Wild Child Available Today!". Carved Records. Retrieved 8 February 2013.
- "Friends of the Boot Campaign".