Fat Possum Records
Fat Possum Records is an independent label started in 1991 by Peter Redvers-Lee and Matthew Johnson in Oxford (Mississippi). Their initial philosophy was to release music by blues artists who had never released anything before. One of them was R.L. Burnside - who also suggested experimenting with techno, something that caused a bit of a stir among the blues purists. Later on, the label gained notoriety, thanks to the release of Burnside's “A Ass Pocket Of Whiskey”, recorded with The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Over time, many of Fat Possum's artists passed away, which forced the label to open up to other styles.
The label began releasing records by younger artists, from different genres, including folk, indie-pop and blues-rock (bands like The Black Keys, Andrew Bird, The Fiery Furnaces and AA Bondy). Recently, they've also embraced the present lo-fi scene, releasing records by bands like Wavves, Smith Westerns, Yuck, Crocodiles and Bass Drum Of Death.
R.L. Burnside: “A Ass Pocket Of Whiskey” (1996)
The Black Keys: “Rubber Factory” (2004)
Andrew Bird: “Noble Beast” (2009)
Wavves: “King Of The Beach” (2010)
Smith Westerns: “Dye It Blonde” (2011)
Yuck: “Yuck” (2011)
Band Of Horses
Bass Drum Of Death
The Black Keys
The Fiery Furnaces
Townes Van Zandt
Unknown Mortal Orhcestra