Earwig Music Company

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Earwig Music Company
Founded 1978
Founder Michael Frank
Distributor(s) Burnside Distribution Corporation (US), Parsifal bvba, Belgium (Europe)
Genre Blues, jazz
Country of origin United States
Location Chicago, Illinois
Official website Earwigmusic.com

Earwig Music Company is an American blues and jazz independent record label, founded October 1978 in Chicago by Michael Frank.[1][2]

Before setting up his label Michael Frank from 1975 until 1977 had been - like Bruce Iglauer of Alligator Records and Jim O'Neal of Living Blues magazine - employed in Bob Koester's Chicagoan 'Jazz Record Mart'.[3][4]

Since its foundation Earwig Music has issued sixty-six albums, of which fifty-one were produced by its CEO, Frank,[5] among them the last recordings of Louis Myers,[6] Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis, and early Howlin’ Wolf Band's guitarist Willie Johnson.

Other artists among the label's roster were blues musicians:[4] The Jelly Roll Kings (with Frank Frost), Honeyboy Edwards, Johnny Drummer, Big Jack Johnson, Jimmy Dawkins, Louisiana Red, Willie Kent, H-Bomb Ferguson, Sunnyland Slim, Little Brother Montgomery, Jim Brewer, Homesick James, John Primer, Lil' Ed Williams, Lester Davenport, Kansas City Red,[7] and Liz Mandeville; jazz musicians: Carl Arter and Tiny Irvin, a gospel group; the Gospel Trumpets, and renowned folk storytellers: Jackie Torrence, Alice McGill, Bobby Norfolk and Laura Simms.

Those storytellers' Earwig recordings won American Library Association[8] Parents′ Choice, and NAIRD Awards.[9][10] In 1998, Johnny ″Yard Dog″ Jones won a W.C. Handy Award – Best New Artist – for his Earwig album, Ain't Gonna Worry.[11]

In 2008, Frank received the Blues Foundation's Keeping the Blues Alive Award - category "Manager".[12]


  1. ^ Hoffman 2006, p. 294
  2. ^ Penchansky 1979
  3. ^ Vabres 1995, p. 7
  4. ^ a b "Earwig’s Michael Frank". Delmark.com. Retrieved 2011-03-16. 
  5. ^ "Michael Frank, Earwig Music Company". Chicago Artists Resource. Retrieved 2011-03-16. 
  6. ^ Dahl, Bill. "Louis Myers". Allmusic. Retrieved November 16, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Old Friends". Discogs.com. Discogs. Retrieved September 17, 2014. 
  8. ^ "TEACHER¹S GUIDE FOR ROBOTS" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-03-16. 
  9. ^ The moral of the story: folktales ... Retrieved 2011-03-16. 
  10. ^ "Alice McGill Biography - Personal, Addresses, Career, Honors Awards, Writings, Sidelights - Review, Molly, Miles, Bannaky, Book, and Stories". Biography.jrank.org. Retrieved 2011-03-16. 
  11. ^ "Blues On Stage - Johnny "Yard Dog" Jones Interview". Mnblues.com. 1941-06-21. Retrieved 2011-03-16. 
  12. ^ [1][dead link]


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