Rooster Blues

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Rooster Blues
Rooster Blues Logo.JPG
Parent company Bottled MaJic Music
Founded 1980
Founder Jim O'Neal
Distributor(s) Rounder Records (previous)
Redeye Distribution (current)
Genre Blues
Country of origin U.S.
Location Memphis, Tennessee

Rooster Blues is an American independent record label founded in 1980.

The label is dedicated to blues music from the Mississippi Delta. Rooster Blues was co-founded by Jim O'Neal in Chicago, and initially released 14 albums by South Side blues musicians. In 1986, O'Neal moved the label to Clarksdale, Mississippi and began focusing on the area's Delta blues performers.[1] Lonnie Pitchford and Lonnie Shields helped in the construction of the new recording studio facilities.[2] Over the next 12 years, Rooster Blues released albums by artists like Magic Slim, Eddy Clearwater, John Littlejohn, Lonnie Pitchford, Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes, James "Son" Thomas, Larry Davis, Valerie Wellington, Carey Bell, Willie Cobbs, Super Chikan, and Lonnie Shields.[3]

In 1998 the label suspended operations, and in 1999 it was sold to Bottled MaJic Music. However, in 2000, Rooster Blues resumed operations and celebrated its 20th anniversary by releasing Willie King's Freedom Creek, as well as reissuing some classic recordings such as Grand Slam by Magic Slim.[4]

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  1. ^ "Former Home Of Stackhouse Delta Record Mart, Rooster Blues, and Stackhouse Recording Company". 66.203.147.88. Retrieved 2008-06-10. 
  2. ^ Steve Cheseborough (2008). Blues Traveling: The Holy Sites of Delta Blues. University Press of Mississippi. p. 98. ISBN 978-1604731248. Retrieved 2015-12-14. 
  3. ^ Zane, J. Peder (1995-01-22). "Pop Music: From the Heart of Blues Country". The New York Times. p. 30. Retrieved 2009-04-08. 
  4. ^ Wynn, Ron. "Music: Return of the Rooster (Nashville Scene . 06-19-00)". weeklywire.com. Retrieved 2008-06-10.