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review from Turkey

İSTANBUL BLUES KUMPANYASI – ‘LİVE AT EFES PİLSEN BLUES FESTİVAL 1997’ (BONE UNİON RECORDS)

İstanbul Blues Kumpanyası, 1997 yılında 8. Efes Pilsen Blues Festivali’ne davet edildiğinde ilk albümleri “Kökler”i henüz çıkarmıştı. Ekip albümdekinden biraz farklıydı; Sarp Keskiner’in Tuzlu Nehir projesinde yer alan müzisyenler ile İBK kadrosundan seçilmiş altı kişilik bir kadro sahneye çıkmıştı. Hilton İstanbul Convention Center’da çaldıklarında masanın başında StarAs’ın İngiliz çalışanı, Sarp’ın isteği üzerine eline tutuşturulan dat’a -gündüz ve gece- iki seti de kaydetmişti. Yıllardır Sarp’ın çekmecesinde duran kayıtların şimdi bir kısmı dijital platformlarda.

23 dakika süren beş parçalık EP’deki (kısaçalar) kayıtlar, sadece mastering aşamasında minik dokunuşlarla yayımlanmış. Orijinallerine çok yakın hatta aynısı olduğundan zamanın ruhunu, atmosferini iyi yansıtıyor. Konserin ardından topluluk içinde dil ve müzikal tercihler konusunda tartışma başlamış, direksiyon farklı rotaya kırılmış, sonucunda üretken bir sürece girilmişti. Dile kolay çeyrek asır olmuş. Bu tarihi belge, yirmili yaşların keyfini süren tutkulu takıntılı müzik çetesini daha iyi anlamamıza vesile.

Sarp’ın kurtarılmayı bekleyen harici harddisc’inde daha çok İBK kaydı var. Derli toplu bir mecrada, düzen içinde yayımlanması dileğiyle…

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new release Bone Union Records

Today we released :

BUR 1111 – VA – This is Bone Union Records, vol. 1

On this compilation you find a cross section of the music that was released on Bone Union Records in 2020 and 2021.

Founded in June 2020 by Sarp Keskiner (TR) and Jan Mittendorp (NL) in order to create a ground for mutual cultural exchange, BONE UNION RECORDS aims to document a neglected musical scene in Turkey not just by releasing archival material from mid-90’s to this date; but also keen on releasing brand new material from Turkish artists.

Though the scope mainly consist rare recordings of local traditional blues, urban blues and gospel acts, the material varies wildly by inclusion of folk, funk, dub, noise and experimental releases, that goes way beyond the borders of conventional blues. 

Tracklisting:

Nobody Has No Time (to Listen to Music Completely) – Kemal Begtas & Sarp Keskiner
Holy Shit – Mechanical Rooster
Glory Hallelujah #1 – Mama & Friends
Easy Life – Mechanical Rooster
Good Morning Little School Girl – The Old Ramblers
Republic Radio (live) – Great Republic of South
C. C. Rider – Mama & Friends
Driftin Blues – Senel Karatepe
Shame Shame Shame – The Old Ramblers
Black Eyed Dog – The Underdogs
So Worried – The Shrimps
Walkin Blues – Senel Karatepe
Viola Lee – The Old Ramblers
Come On In My Kitchen – Mama & Friends

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Black and Tan will release a new Rivherside album

In a few weeks we will release

B&T 956 – Rivherside – Electraw Blues Album

It will be the first full album of this French electro blues pioneer and here you can listen to a few samples and get an idea about the music.

After playing for many years in different blues bands, Renaud Villet, a singer / guitarist / producer based in Clermont-Ferrand, France, launched his solo career in 2012 under the name Rivherside. His first album, “Something on My Mind,” was strongly blues / roots orientated.  It got great reviews and as a result Rivherside did more than 80 concerts as a one-man-band. In 2014 he decided to broaden his horizon and began to mix Blues with Electro and Hip-Hop sounds, releasing the self-produced, 4-track “Electraw Blues EP.” Rivherside also began performing live in this electro configuration, playing samples and using Ableton Live software. In 2015 he collaborated with rapper TDB and together they released the “Inner Voices” EP in early 2016 . And now, he’s back with a new 12-track album. The release date is set for June 13, 2016 and the album will be available at all download and streaming platforms.

Releases

Here is a list of all our releases including the ones on our sub labels. For each release you will find the corresponding (buy, download, stream) links. As you can see not all releases are available in all formats. If you find any incorrect links please let us know. Of course the releases are also available on all the other download and streaming platforms.

ArtistTitleYearLabelLPCDitunesspotify
Big George JacksonBeggin' Ain't For Me1998Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
Big George JacksonBig Shot2001Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
Big George JacksonSouthern In My Soul2003Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
Big George Jackson & miXendorpBig George Jackson remixed2015Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Billy Jonestha' Bluez2005Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
Billy JonesBad Luck2006Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Billy Jonesmy Hometown2007Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
Billy Jones & miXendorpBilly Jones Remixed EP2016Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
BLu ACiDHCN2017BLu ACiD Recordsitunesspotify
BLu ACiDThe First Tracks2016BLu ACiD Recordsitunesspotify
BLu ACiDCaveman2016BLu ACiD Recordsitunesspotify
BLu ACiD feat John Blake EPBLu ACiD feat John Blake EP2021BLu ACiD Recordsitunesspotify
Boo Boo DavisEast St Louis1999Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Boo Boo DavisCan Man2002Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Boo Boo DavisThe Snake2004Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Boo Boo DavisDrew Mississippi2006Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Boo Boo DavisName Of The Game2008Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
Boo Boo DavisAin't Gotta Dime2009Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
Boo Boo DavisUndercover Blues2010Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
Boo Boo DavisWhat Kind Of Shit Is This?2014Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
Boo Boo DavisOldskool2015Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
Boo Boo DavisOne Chord Blues2016Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Boo Boo DavisLive And Almost Unplugged2016Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Boo Boo DavisDirt Road (single version)2019Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Boo Boo DavisTree Man2019Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
Boo Boo Davis & ElectroBluesSocietyTransatlantic Quarantaine Sessions2021Black and Tan RecordsiTunesspotify
Boo Boo Davis & miXendorpBoo Boo Davis remixed2015Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Burton GaarBlue Eyed Soul2019Black and Tan Recordsitunes spotify
Byther SmithSmitty's Blues2001Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Byther SmithThrow Away The Book2004Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Byther SmithByther Smith - digital only2006Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Byther Smith & miXendorpSame Thing On My Mind remix2016Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Crushers2Blues Instrumentals vol 12015Instrumental Blues Recordsitunesspotify
Crushers2Driving Fast (single)2018Instrumental Blues Recordsitunesspotify
Crushers2 & Boo Boo DavisBluezy Harp EP2015Instrumental Blues Recordsitunesspotify
Crushers2 & Sax GordonBlue Saxophone2015Instrumental Blues Recordsitunesspotify
Crushers2 & Sax GordonZhuffle 108 (single)2018Instrumental Blues Recordsitunesspotify
Dave MacKenzieOld, New, Borrowed & Blue1999Black and Tan Recordsbuy
David PhilipsThe Rooftop Recordings2011Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
David PhilipsDecember Wine (4 track tapes)2013Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
David PhilipsIf I Had Wings2015Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
David PhilipsFolk Radio UK Session 2013 EP2016Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
David PhilipsThe Rooftop Recordings 22016Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
David PhilipsWinter2017Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
David PhilipsGet Along2018Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
David PhilipsAcoustic Cover Versions 1 EP2018KuvVer Recordsitunesspotify
David PhilipsIn Focus (single)2020Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
David PhilipsBliss (A Quarantine Song)2020Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
David Philips & Abel BoqueraThe Duo Sessions (EP)2020Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
David Philips & miXendorpBig Things remix2013Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
David Philips & miXendorpLink In The Chain remix2013Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Doug MacLeodA Little Sin2002Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Doug MacLeodDUBB2004Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Doug MacLeodWhere I Been2006Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Doug MacLeodDoug at XM Radio vol. 12007Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Doug MacLeodDoug at XM Radio vol. 22007Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Doug MacLeodThe Utrecht Sessions2008Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Doug MacLeodA Double Dose of Dubb2009Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Doug MacLeod BandLive in 1991, vol 12007Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Doug MacLeod BandLive in 1991, vol 22007Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Doug MacLeodLive in Europe2016Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Doug MacLeod & miXendorpDoug MacLeod remixed2016Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
ElectroBluesSocietyDuck (single version)2016Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
ElectroBluesSocietyBe Allright2019Black and Tan Recordsitunes spotify
ElectroBluesSocietyElectroBluesSociety 2016 - 20222022Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
ElectroBluesSocietyFeel2021Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
ElectroBluesSocietyFoo Funk2021Instrumental Blues Recordsitunesspotify
ElectroBluesSocietyRiffs & Blues EP2020Instrumental Blues Recordsitunesspotify
ElectroBluesSociety feat Boo Boo DavisChicago Blues Covers EP2020KuvVer RecordsiTunesspotify
ElectroBluesSociety feat Boo Boo DavisKilling Floor2020KuvVer RecordsiTunesspotify
ElectroBluesSociety feat Boo Boo DavisLowdown Dirty Blues (Rosé Sunset remix)2022Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
ElectroBluesSociety feat Boo Boo DavisTransatlantic Quarantaine Sessions2021Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
ElectroBluesSociety feat Jan HiddingElectroBluesSociety feat Jan Hidding2019Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
ElectroBluesSociety feat Karin RoerdinkBack To Black2019KuvVer Recordsitunesspotify
ElectroBluesSociety feat Karin RoerdinkYou Know I'm No Good2020KuvVer Recordsitunesspotify
ElectroBluesSociety feat Kim SneltenDuck (harmonica)2017Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
ElectroBluesSociety feat Michel PetersHoochie Coochie Man2020KuvVer Recordsitunesspotify
ElectroBluesSociety feat Michel PetersI Got My Mojo Workin2019KuvVer Recordsitunesspotify
ElectroBluesSociety feat Roscoe ChenierWill The Circle Be Unbroken2018Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Ernie PayneCoercion Street2004Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
Erskine OglesbyBlues Dancin'2000Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
Erskine OglesbyHonkin' & Shoutin'2001Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
Great Republic Of SouthRepublic Radio (live)2021Bone Union Recordsitunesspotify
Harrison KennedyVOICE + STORY2005Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
Harrison Kennedy & miXendorpHarrison Kennedy remixed EP2015Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Harrison Kennedy & miXendorpLet Her Talk remix #22015Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Harrison Kennedy & miXendorpBob Lo Island remix2017Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
İstanbul Blues KumpanyasıLive at Efes Pilsen Blues Festival 1997 EP2020Bone Union Recordsitunesspotify
Jan MittendorpBaritone Jazz 1 EP2018KuvVer Recordsitunesspotify
Jan MittendorpBaritone Jazz 2 EP2018KuvVer Recordsitunesspotify
Jan MittendorpBlues Doodles EP2016Instrumental Blues Recordsitunesspotify
Jan MittendorpBlues Doodles 2 EP2016Instrumental Blues Recordsitunesspotify
Jan MittendorpBlues Doodles 3 EP2016Instrumental Blues Recordsitunesspotify
Jan MittendorpBlues Doodles 4 EP2021Instrumental Blues Recordsitunesspotify
Jan MittendorpBlue Strings EP2015Instrumental Blues Recordsitunesspotify
Jan MittendorpBluGuitar2015Instrumental Blues Recordsitunesspotify
Jan MittendorpCigar Box Blues EP2015Instrumental Blues Recordsitunesspotify
Jan MittendorpSlide Guitar Blues EP2015Instrumental Blues Recordsitunesspotify
Jan MittendorpSt James Infirmary2018KuvVer Recordsitunesspotify
Jasper MortierDouble Bass Blues EP2016Instrumental Blues Recordsitunesspotify
Jasper MortierDouble Vibro2018Instrumental Blues Recordsitunesspotify
Jimmy Reiter & miXendorpInstictively Wrong (remix)2017Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
King PugBorneo Mint Shave2013Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
King PugWater Pressure2013Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Mama & FriendsMama's Bag2021Bone Union Recordsitunesspotify
Mechanical RoosterEpisode One2021Bone Union Recordsitunesspotify
Mechanical RoosterHarmonicats2022Bone Union Recordsitunesspotify
Mike Andersen BandTomorrow2004Black and Tan Recordsbuy
Mississippi Big BeatDelta Disco2012Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
Mississippi Big Beat & miXendorpTry Me One More Time remix2012Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Mississippi Big Beat & miXendorp(Idol) Should I Know remix2013Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
miXendorpblues + beat2011Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
Pedro e os Lobos & miXendorpAndaluzia remix2011Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Percy StrotherHome At Last1998Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
RivhersideElectraw Blues Album2016Black and Tan Records itunesspotify
Roscoe ChenierRoscoe Style1997Black and Tan Recordsbuyspotifyitunes
Roscoe ChenierWaiting For My Tomorrow2006Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
Roscoe ChenierRoscoe Chenier2007Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Sarp Keskiner & Kemal BegtasNobody Has No Time (to Listen to Music Completely)2020Bone Union Recordsitunesspotify
Şenel KaratepeHard Times2021Bone Union Recordsitunesspotify
Sunset TravelersFor The Sake Of It2002Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
Tangled EyeDream Wall 2014Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
Tangled EyeThe Other Seven Songs 2015Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Teresa JamesOh Yeah2004Black and Tan Recordsbuy
The Old RamblersFind Me On The Road Somewhere2020Bone Union Recordsitunesspotify
The ShrimpsSo Worried2021Bone Union Recordsitunesspotify
The UnderdogzBlack Eyed Dog2021Bone Union Recordsitunesspotify
Turnip GreensCarry Me Down The Aisle2006Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
Turnip Greens & miXendorpSixSixtySix remix2011Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Various ArtistsStraight Blues 4U2003Black and Tan Recordsbuy
Various ArtistsKeeping Living Music Alive vol. 22007Black and Tan Recordsbuy

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Welcome

Black and Tan is an independent record label & publishing company. We founded the company in 1998 and we’re based in the Netherlands. We are passionate about music and love original artists that create original music. Until now we’ve released 43 CD’s, 1 LP and 1 DVD most of them are by American artists. Besides we also released a lot more music “digital only”. All our music is available at the major download and stream services and most of the CD’s are still available direct from the source in our own webshop. Here you find a complete list of all releases with the corresponding link to the digital services and/or our webshop.

our latest releases:

ElectroBluesSociety 2016 – 2022
Mechanical Rooster – Harmonicats
İstanbul Blues Kumpanyası – Live at Efes Pilsen Blues Festival 1997 EP
VA – This is Bone Union Records, vol. 1
ElectroBluesSociety + Boo Boo Davis – Lowdown Dirty Blues (Rosé Sunset remix)
Şenel Karatepe – Hard Times
Boo Boo Davis + ElectroBluesSociety – Transatlantic Quarantaine Sessions
Various Artists – Hypnotizing Blues

Music samples

 

Publishing

We control the worldwide distribution rights and the whole catalogue (over 680 tracks) is available for (sync) licensing. For more then 460 tracks we also control the worldwide publishing rights. Recently we had over 50 placements of our music in successful films, tv-series and commercials and our music was included in several compilations. We created a special web site using Disco software. Here you can search using all kind of criteria (like style, mood, lyrics, tempo, keywords etc) and listen to our suggestions. 

And here is a list of sub publishers that represent our catalogue in their territory.

Sub Labels:

we also set up a few sub labels:
Instrumental Blues Records
On this label we release short instrumental blues tracks with an authentic ‚blues’ sound and feel.
Blu ACiD Records
Tracks from this Dutch producer duo. Together they are blending traditional blues / soul / rock with other more electronic stuff.
KuvVer Records
Label especially set to release cover versions of well known songs from all kind of styles.
Bone Union Records
Collaboration with Sarp Keskiner (Turkey) releasing eclectic music from Turkey featuring blues and folk stuff.

Promotion

Please get in touch with us if you are interested in receiving promo copies of our new releases. You can also subscribe to our news blog or our newsletter. We want to spread this great music in as many ways, to as many people as possible. So we are open to all suggestions and idea’s that can help us to establish this. While on tour our artists are available for interviews and other media activities. Don’t hesitate to contact us with your requests.

Billy Jones

Music


 Releases

B&T 023
Billy Jones – tha Bluez (2005)

Billy Jones - my Hometown
Billy Jones – my Hometown (2007)

B&T 902
Billy Jones – digital only (2006)

Byther Smith

Music


 Releases

byther smith smitty's blues
Byther Smith – Smitty’s Blues (2001)

Byther Smith - Throw Away The Book
Byther Smith – Throw Away The Book (2004)

black and tan records
Byther Smith – Digital Only (2006)

Byther Smith & miXendorp - Same Thing On MY Mind Remix (2016)
Byther Smith & miXendorp – Same Thing On My Mind remix (2016)


 Biography

Byther Smith was a true Living Legend of the Chicago blues scene and during his long lasting career he worked with the greatest of the Chicago blues artists like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Reed and Otis Rush. Born in Monticello, Mississippi on April 17, 1933 young Byther Smith got his first musical experiences with gospel music, a music that he returned to at various stages of his career. As a teenager Byther moved to Arizona, working on a cattle ranch and playing with a country & western band at weekends. In 1957 he moved to Chicago at the advice of his cousin, the legendary J.B. Lenoir. He began gigging and taking guitar lessons from Robert Lockwood and Hubert Sumlin presumably on the basis that if you’re going to get a guitar teacher you might as well get the best.

In the early 1960’s Byther Smith was working the clubs on guitar and bass both as a leader and in various bands as sideman. A group of highly prized recordings were made resulting in 45’s on labels such as Bea & Baby, Cruise and Apex. In 1965 it was back to gospel with the Gospel Travellers for a time. In the 1970’s he spent five years in the house band at Theresa’s Tavern, which often meant playing with Junior Wells.

1979 found Byther Smith determined to make it under his own name and a steady stream of coast to coast gigging and touring commenced. He made several recordings and his releases, “Addressing the nation with the blues” (JSP) and “Housefire” and “I’m a mad man” (both on Bullseye), were very successful. Byther released three CDs (“Mississippi Kid”, All Night Long and Hold that train) on Delmark Records. During the years Byther Smith has toured all over the world. In Europe several times, among others as a member of the Chicago Blues Festival. Byther Smith did several very successful European tours between Nov ’94 and Sept ’99. During these tours he performed in Holland, Belgium, Germany, France, Norway, Sweden and the UK. Byther released two CDs on Black and Tan Records; Smitty’s Blues (2001) and Throw Away The Book (2004).

Byther died on September 9, 2021.

Erskine Oglesby

Music


Releases

erskine oglesby album blues dancin'
Erskine Oglesby – Blues Dancin (2000)

erskine oglesby honkin & shoutin
Erskine Oglesby _ Honkin’ & Shoutin’ (2001)


Biography

Erskine Oglesby gained a strong reputation within his hometown St. Louis, Missouri Born in St. Louis in 1937, Erskine played with nearly everyone who had a name in his hometown He started out at the age of l4 on piano with no less a performer than Chuck Berry. Still the sax was and remained his choice instrument throughout.

When he finished his military service in the US Air Force in November 1957, Erskine got in touch with Billy Gayles’ band and started out as a professional musician. Over the years he played with the likes of Albert King, Ike & Tina Turner, Little Milton, Billy Gayles, Eugene Neal and Benny Sharp, as well as with local jazz acts. He just didn’t want to limit himself to blues (Because I enjoy it all!), he told the St. Louis Blues Society. In 90’s he also visited Europe as a member of the St. Louis Kings of Rhythm and on more than one occasion he played with other St. Louis acts at the renowned Bluesestafette in Utrecht

His taste for diversity also shows on his two records for Black & Tan Records. The music he picked ranges from straight jump blues to jazzy instrumentals.

Percy Strother

Music


Release

Percy Strother - Home At Last
Percy Strother – Home At Last (1998)


Biography

For a sense of the blues at its most tangible, one needs to look no further than singer/guitarist Percy Strother, who triumphed over incredible tragedy to create music of genuine pain and sorrow. Born July 23, 1946 in Vicksburg, Mississippi, he was still a child when his father died violently; his mother passed away shortly afterward, and rather than submitting to life in an orphanage,

Strother simply took to the road. He drifted from job to job for a number of years, all the while fighting a battle with alcoholism; discovering the blues turned his life around, however, and after sobering up he began teaching himself guitar, honing his chops in virtual anonymity before recording his debut LP A Good Woman Is Hard to Find in 1992. The Highway Is My Home followed in 1995, and in 1997 Strother returned with It’s My Time. He toured Europe several times and recorded Home at Last there, which saw release in 2001. A legend in his adopted home of Minneapolis, Percy Strother was diagnosed with liver cancer and passed away May 29, 2005.