Bloodied But Unbowed: Bloodshot Records' Life In The Trenches

As arguably the leading alt-country label over the past decade, Chicago-based Bloodshot Records has stayed true to a philosophy of fostering only artists that would give Nashville execs nightmares. This compilation celebrates nearly everyone associated with the label during that period, some of whom have gone on to bigger things (Ryan Adams) and some who remain cornerstones (Waco Brothers, Kelly Hogan). Although many of the clips are barebones live performances some actually had budgets. Needless to say, none of these were ever picked up by CMT or other video channels, making them real treats for fans. In particular, Sadies fans will enjoy seeing them on film twice, especially the video for "Flash,” complete with liquid light show. That’s not to diminish the live clips. Any footage of Alejandro Escovedo is always welcome, and the underrated Deadstring Brothers don’t need any fancy camerawork to get their point across. For extras, a brief doc on Ryan Adams circa Heartbreaker is illuminating, as is a tongue-in-cheek history of the label. Apart from Austin City Limits, alt-country has always been neglected visually. Bloodied But Unbowed is finally a step toward changing that. (Bloodshot)