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Alligator Records

Chicago, IL ph. 773-973-7736
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Alligator Records

Back in 1971, Bruce Iglauer, a 23-year-old blues fan, used his meager savings to record and produce his favorite band, Hound Dog Taylor & the HouseRockers. Following his heart, he quit his day job with Delmark Records and began promoting Hound Dog Taylor and his new record company full-time. More than 40 years later, that company, Alligator Records, is home to some of the world’s premier blues and roots rock talent and is regarded by fans and the media alike as the top contemporary blues record label in the world.

Current artists include Buckwheat Zydeco, Marcia Ball, Lonnie Brooks, Michael “Iron Man” Burks, Tommy Castro, Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater, Tinsley Ellis, JJ Grey & Mofro, Guitar Shorty, The Holmes Brothers, Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, Eric Lindell, Janiva Magness, Coco Montoya, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, Lee Rocker, Roomful Of Blues, Saffire—The Uppity Blues Women, Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues, The Siegel-Schwall Band and Koko Taylor.

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Year established: 1971

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Alligator Records: 50 Years of Genuine Houserockin’ Music

Various artists
published: June 18, 2021

Uncivil War

Shemekia Copeland
published: February 11, 2021

The Big Sound of Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials

Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials
published: October 08, 2016

God Don't Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson

Blind Willie Johnson
published: February 05, 2016

Method to My Madness

Tommy Castro & The Painkillers
published: October 20, 2015

Outskirts Of Love

Shemekia Copeland
published: September 27, 2015

This River

J.J. Grey & Mofro
published: October 12, 2013

This River

J.J. Grey & Mofro
published: April 22, 2013

Show of Strength

Michael Burks
published: April 02, 2013

Brighter Days

JJ Grey and Mofro
published: October 02, 2011

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