In celebration of Public Radio Music Month, Alligator Records has released Blues & Roots, a free 17-song sampler, featuring blues, roots, and R&B songs selected from throughout the label’s 42-year history.
Download your copy here.
Blues & Roots was curated specially by Alligator president and founder Bruce Iglauer, who notes:
Since Alligator Records was founded over 40 years ago public radio has been one of the best friends of blues and roots music. Public radio stations have dedicated themselves to helping their listeners discover important music, whether old or new — music of depth, complexity and intense emotion (including music that’s intensely fun!), whether it’s commercially popular or not.
We’ve created this free sampler of some of Alligator’s current and classic artists as a salute to public radio and its open-to-discovery listeners. We hope you enjoy the music, make some new discoveries, and remember that, without public radio, a lot of great blues and roots music might never have reached your ears. Happy Public Radio Music Month!
Artists included on the sampler include Marcia Ball, James Cotton, JJ Grey & Mofro, Curtis Salgado, Janiva Magness, Joe Louis Walker, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, Koko Taylor, Roomful Of Blues, Saffire–The Uppity Blues Women, Jesse Dee, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, Anders Osborne, The Holmes Brothers, Charlie Musselwhite, and Albert Collins, Robert Cray, and Johnny Copeland (together).