Kirtland Records

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Kirtland Records
Founded2003 (2003)
FounderJohn Kirtland, Jenny Kirtland
Distributor(s)The Orchard
Country of originUnited States
LocationDallas, Texas

Kirtland Records is a record label based in Dallas, Texas, with offices in Los Angeles, California and New York City.[1] It was co-founded by Deep Blue Something drummer John Kirtland and his wife, Jenny Kirtland of The Polyphonic Spree.[2][3][4]


Kirtland Records was founded by John Kirtland, the drummer of alternative rock band Deep Blue Something.[5] After the band broke apart, Kirtland went to work at Trauma Records, an Interscope-affiliated label which launched artists such as Bush and No Doubt.[6][7] When Trauma Records founder Rob Kahane encountered financial difficulties, he borrowed money from Kirtland, offering as collateral the rights to the Bush back-catalog and royalty rights on the sales of the No Doubt album Tragic Kingdom. After Kahane defaulted on his debt, Kirtland sold the No Doubt royalty rights but kept the Bush back catalog rights.[6][7]

In 2003, John Kirtland co-founded Kirtland Records with his wife, The Polyphonic Spree choir member Jenny Kirtland.[3][4][7] Kirtland Records leveraged the Bush back catalog rights to secure a national distribution deal with RED Distribution (now merged into The Orchard), which remains the label's distributor.[7][8] Kirtland Records went on to become the record label for a number of Texas-based indie bands, including the Burden Brothers, The Polyphonic Spree, Toadies, The Vanished, and Sarah Jaffe.[1][7]

In 2014, Kirtland Records sold its Bush back catalog rights to Round Hill Music and Bush's frontman Gavin Rossdale.[8] Kirtland Records also released Deep Blue Something's 2015 EP, Locust House.[5]

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  1. ^ a b "Kirtland Records: About Us". Kirtland Records. Retrieved October 11, 2015.
  2. ^ " | Arts/Entertainment News and Events | Dallas-Fort Worth | The Dallas Morning News | Entertainment Columnist Mario Tarradell". Archived from the original on January 28, 2006. Retrieved October 12, 2006.
  3. ^ a b Rogers, Paul (April 3, 2015). "Checking In with Polyphonic Spree's Jenny Kirtland". Archived from the original on May 23, 2015. Retrieved October 11, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "The Power of Giving". Modern Luxury. October 23, 2014. Retrieved October 11, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Deep Blue Something". Kirtland Records. Retrieved October 11, 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Five More Unsung Heroes". GQ. Condé Nast. April 5, 2006. Retrieved October 11, 2015.
  7. ^ a b c d e Tarradell, Mario (January 5, 2006). "Drumming up business" (PDF). The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved October 11, 2015.
  8. ^ a b Christman, Ed (February 26, 2014). "Round Hill Music, Gavin Rossdale Acquire First Four Bush Albums from Kirtland (Exclusive)". Retrieved October 11, 2015.
  9. ^ Freedman, Peter (January 12, 2011). "New Local Super-ish Group People On Vacation Would Like To Introduce Itself..." Retrieved January 13, 2011.
  10. ^ Freedman, Pete (January 19, 2011). "Video Premiere: People On Vacation -- "Better Off Dead"..." Dallas Observer. Retrieved January 20, 2011.