Watermelon Records

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Watermelon Records
Parent companyTexas Music Group/New West Records
Founded1989 (1989)
FounderJohn Kunz, Heinz Gessler, Robert Earl Keen
Defunct1998 (1998)
Distributor(s)Alternative Distribution Alliance
Alternative country
Country of originU.S.
LocationAustin, Texas

Watermelon Records was a record label based in Austin, Texas.


Watermelon Records was founded in 1989 by John Kunz, Heinz Gessler, and Robert Earl Keen. Keen later sold his interest in the label.[1]

During the 1990s, Watermelon released 10-15 albums a year, mostly Americana music.[2]

Watermelon Records filed for bankruptcy in 1998, and its assets were sold to Texas Clef Entertainment Group, an affiliate of Antone’s Records.[3]

In 2010, New West acquired the Texas Music Group, which included the Watermelon Records label.[4][5]


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  1. ^ "Watermelon Records". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  2. ^ Caligiuri, Jim (29 September 2000). "Texas Music Group: Austin's Newest Label Rises From the Ashes of Antone's and Watermelon". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  3. ^ Steve Sather. "Antone's Records: A Tragedy in Three Acts and 46 Pages". A Texas Bankruptcy Lawyer's Blog. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  4. ^ "About New West Records". New West. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Watermelon Records". Bandcamp. Retrieved 22 May 2017.

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