Bloodkin is celebrating their silver anniversary with a five- disc anthology box set. One Long Hustle will be released January 29th, 2013 on Terminus Records. The compilation is comprised of previously unreleased material from 1998 â€“ 2012 and was produced by David Barbe (Drive-By Truckers, Sugar) and Daniel Hutchens. Guests include JoJo Herman, Dave Schools, Todd Nance and the late Michael Houser from Widespread Panic and John Keane.
Who are Bloodkin, you may ask? Spin Magazine named them as one of â€œThe 100 Greatest Bands Youâ€™ve (probably) Never Heard in 2009. Bloodkinâ€™s list of accomplishments and the respect that is shown from other artists convincingly tells the story of how widely unappreciated they are. From providing musical backing to Allen Ginsbergâ€™s spoken word performances in their early days, to collaborating with Moe Tucker and Sterling Morrison from the Velvet Underground, to penning numerous songs that have been covered by Widespread Panic, to being noted by Patterson Hood as one of his personal favorites, to most recently, cultivating a working friendship with iconic saxophonist Bobby Keys who regularly joins them onstage.
One Long Hustle adds to their existing catalog of 9 albums. Despite some truly dire and dark moments that would have derailed those less committed to the craft, their collective pen has continued to carve out beautiful southern gothic poetry in the form of reckless rock â€˜nâ€™ roll that covers a broad spectrum of the human condition with an especially keen eye for capturing and celebrating the light that can come from darkness.
Daniel Hutchens and Eric Carter have known each other since elementary and will embark on a national tour to support the release of One Long Hustle in January of 2013. They are also writing material that will soon land them back in the studio to continue to record the inevitable flow of music that has sustained them over an amazing 25-year career of creativity.