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Righteous Babe
Righteous Babe Records is an American independent record label that was created by folk singer Ani DiFranco in 1990 to release her own songs in lieu of being beholden to a mainstream record company. History Righteous Babe Records was originally called Righteous Records; however, DiFranco then discovered a pre-existing gospel music label with that name, and to differentiate her company, added the "babe". Located in DiFranco's hometown of Buffalo, New York, the business grew organically, starting in 1990 with her first cassette tape. DiFranco sold the tapes out of the back of her car and at shows on tour, then sold them on consignment in local stores. Teaming up with her longtime business partner Scot Fisher, they were able to self-distribute her albums directly to over 100 indie accounts. Ani cites her anti-corporate ethos for the DIY ethics at Righteous Babe and not wanting to buy into the Record label#Major labels, major label system. Having a large women’s music following she ...
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Ani DiFranco
Angela Maria "Ani" DiFranco (; born September 23, 1970) is an American singer-songwriter. She has released more than 20 albums. DiFranco's music has been classified as folk rock Folk rock is a hybrid music genre A music genre is a conventional category that identifies some pieces of music as belonging to a shared tradition or set of conventions. It is to be distinguished from ''musical form'' and musical style, a ... and alternative rock Alternative rock (also called alternative music, alt-rock, or simply alternative) is a category of rock music that emerged from the independent music underground of the 1970s and became widely popular in the 1990s. "Alternative" refers to th ..., although it has additional influences from punk Punk or punks may refer to: Genres, subculture, and related aspects * Punk rock Punk rock (or simply punk) is a music genre that emerged in the mid-1970s. Rooted in 1960s garage rock, punk bands rejected the perceived excesses of ...
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Gracie And Rachel
Gracie and Rachel is a chamber pop piano-violin duo composed of singer-keyboardist Gracie Coates and violinist Rachel Ruggles, high school friends from Berkeley, California based out of Brooklyn, New York. Background Coates and Ruggles met at Berkeley High School (California), Berkeley High School in dance class when they were assigned to make a song for the class’s dance show. Coates went on to study at Berklee College of Music and Ruggles at Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, but they continued to rehearse together over video calls, creating music that combined Coates' pop songwriting with Ruggles’ classical training, before they decided to move to Brooklyn to play music together. Career The duo recorded their debut album in their Bushwick loft where they also live together. Their single "Tiptoe" premiered on WNYC Soundcheck. They released several black and white videos to tease the release of their album: "Go", "Tiptoe" premiering on Baeble Music, "(Un)comfortabl ...
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Arto Lindsay
Arthur Morgan "Arto" Lindsay (born May 28, 1953) is an American guitarist, singer, record producer and experimental composer. He has a distinctive soft voice and an often noisy, self-taught guitar style consisting almost entirely of extended techniques, described by Brian Olewnick as "studiedly naïve ... sounding like the bastard child of Derek Bailey (guitarist), Derek Bailey". Music Although Lindsay was born in the United States, he grew up in Brazil. In the late 1970s, he helped form the no wave band DNA (American band), DNA with Ikue Mori and Robin Crutchfield, although Tim Wright (bassist), Tim Wright of Pere Ubu (band), Pere Ubu soon replaced Crutchfield. In 1978, DNA was featured on the four-band sampler ''No New York'' (produced by Brian Eno) In the early 1980s, Lindsay performed on early albums by The Lounge Lizards and The Golden Palominos. After the Lounge Lizards, Lindsay and keyboardist Peter Scherer formed the Ambitious Lovers, influenced by pop, samba, an ...
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Sara Lee (musician)
Sara Lee is an English-American bassist and singer-songwriter, who came to prominence replacing Dave Allen (English musician), Dave Allen on bass guitar in post-punk band Gang of Four (band), Gang of Four, which she was a member of from 1980 to 1983. She was also a member of Robert Fripp's short-lived band The League of Gentlemen (band), The League of Gentlemen and is also notable for work with B-52s, Ani DiFranco and Indigo Girls. Biography Lee confirmed in an interview on Rundgrenradio.com that Sara Lee is her birth name. Born in the West Midlands (region), West Midlands of England, Lee's entire family was musical. Both parents were music teachers (her father was latterly a bass song man in the choir of York Minster), her sister a cellist, and her brother a trombone player. Music formed an important part of her childhood. She played tympani and double bass in school and local orchestras as a teenager, until the day she discovered the electric bass guitar. After playing with ...
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Jennifer Knapp
Jennifer Lynn Knapp (born April 12, 1974) is an American-Australian folk rock, and formerly contemporary Christian musician. She is best known for her first single "Undo Me" from her debut album, ''Kansas (Jennifer Knapp album), Kansas'' (1998), and the song "A Little More" from her Grammy Award-nominated album, ''Lay It Down (Jennifer Knapp album), Lay It Down'' (2000). ''The Way I Am (Jennifer Knapp album), The Way I Am'' (2001), was also nominated for a Grammy. In total, the three albums have sold approximately 1 million copies. After taking a seven-year hiatus, Knapp announced in September 2009 that she was returning to music. On May 11, 2010 she released ''Letting Go'' with the single "Dive In". The album debuted at No. 73 on the Billboard 200, ''Billboard'' 200 chart. Knapp's memoir ''Facing the Music'' (Howard Books / Simon & Schuster) and new album ''Set Me Free (Jennifer Knapp album), Set Me Free'' (Righteous Babe Records) came out in October 2014. Early life Knapp was ...
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Nona Hendryx
Nona Hendryx (born October 9, 1944) is an American vocalist, record producer, songwriter, musician, author, and actress. Hendryx is known for her work as a solo artist as well as for being one-third of the trio Labelle, who had a hit with "Lady Marmalade." Her music has ranged from Soul music, soul, funk, and Rhythm and blues, R&B to hard rock, new wave music, new wave, and New-age music, new-age. She stated in an interview that her family's last name was originally spelled with an 'i' and that she is a distant cousin of guitarist Jimi Hendrix. Biography Early career Hendryx was born in Trenton, New Jersey, Trenton, New Jersey in 1944 where she met fellow New Jersey native Sarah Dash and later met Philadelphia-born singer Patti LaBelle, Patricia Holte (Patti LaBelle). After a short-lived tenure as a member of the Del-Capris, Hendryx and Dash formed a singing group with Holte (once the lead singer of a girl group in Philadelphia called The Ordettes). In 1961, Cindy Birdsong, from ...
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Hamell On Trial
Edward James "Ed" Hamell, performing as Hamell on Trial, is an American punk rock, anti-folk, spoken word musician, described by Righteous Babe Records as "loud, fast music informed by politics, passion, energy and intelligence, played by a guy with a sharp tongue and a wicked sense of humor". Biography Born in Syracuse, New York, Hamell spent years as a member of many bands before venturing into the realm of the solo singer-songwriter. He finally got his big break when he moved to Austin, Texas and earned a residency at first the Chicago House and then the Electric Lounge. Since then, he has released a number of albums on various labels, including Mercury Records, his own DIY punk ethic, DiY label Such-A-Punch Media, and Righteous Babe Records, the label started by his longtime supporter and frequent touring companion, Ani Difranco. Ed has a son named Detroit, born in 2002. Detroit performed on Ed's album "The Happiest Man in the World". Hamell was seriously injured in a car a ...
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Drums And Tuba
Drums & Tuba was an instrumental rock group. The band formed in Austin, Texas, before relocating to New York City. Their sound fuses electronic music, electronic rock, progressive rock, jazz and occasionally Industrial music, industrial. They were signed to Righteous Babe Records. History The group began as a duo with Brian Wolff and Tony Nozero performing weekend nights for tips on Sixth Street in downtown Austin. The band was originally called "Just Drums & Tuba" and consisted only of a drummer (Nozero) and tuba player (Wolff). They eventually added a guitarist (Neal McKeeby) to their lineup. Musical style Their music combined many disparate genres, including jazz fusion, alternative hip hop, and hardcore punk. Their live performances sometimes included McKeeby playing two guitars simultaneously, and Wolff using effects boards as well as his tuba. They have been compared to Sonic Youth, Soul Coughing, the guitar sound of Grateful Dead, Isotope 217, and Tortoise (band), Tortoise ...
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Bitch And Animal
Bitch and Animal, a duo consisting of musicians Bitch (performer), Bitch and Animal Prufrock, were a queercore band that performed from 1995 to 2004. They became established while touring as an opening act for Ani DiFranco, and later launched their own highly successful tours. Their first album, ''What's That Smell'', was self-produced and featured some of their best-known songs, such as "Drag King Bar" and (on a hidden track) "Pussy Manifesto". Their next two albums were released on Righteous Babe. ''Eternally Hard'', released in 2001, was co-produced by Ani DiFranco and Wayne Schrengohst and featured "Best Cock on the Block" and "Traffic". Their last album, ''Sour Juice and Rhyme'' was produced in collaboration with June Millington of the groundbreaking 1970s all-women band Fanny (band), Fanny. "Sour Juice and Rhyme" was nominated for the 15th GLAAD Media Awards along with Rufus Wainwright, Meshell Ndegeocello, Junior Senior, and Peaches (musician), Peaches, but lost to Rufus Wa ...
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Animal Prufrock
Bitch and Animal, a duo consisting of musicians Bitch (performer), Bitch and Animal Prufrock, were a queercore band that performed from 1995 to 2004. They became established while touring as an opening act for Ani DiFranco, and later launched their own highly successful tours. Their first album, ''What's That Smell'', was self-produced and featured some of their best-known songs, such as "Drag King Bar" and (on a hidden track) "Pussy Manifesto". Their next two albums were released on Righteous Babe. ''Eternally Hard'', released in 2001, was co-produced by Ani DiFranco and Wayne Schrengohst and featured "Best Cock on the Block" and "Traffic". Their last album, ''Sour Juice and Rhyme'' was produced in collaboration with June Millington of the groundbreaking 1970s all-women band Fanny (band), Fanny. "Sour Juice and Rhyme" was nominated for the 15th GLAAD Media Awards along with Rufus Wainwright, Meshell Ndegeocello, Junior Senior, and Peaches (musician), Peaches, but lost to Rufus Wa ...
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Andrew Bird
Andrew Wegman Bird (born July 11, 1973) is an American indie rock Indie rock is a genre of rock music Rock music is a broad genre of popular music Popular music is music with wide appeal that is typically distributed to large audiences through the music industry. These forms and styles can be enjoyed and ... multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. Since 1996, he has released 16 studio albums, as well as several live albums and EPs, spanning various genres including swing music Swing music is a form of that developed in the United States in the 1930s and 1940s. The name came from the emphasis on the off–beat, or weaker pulse. Swing bands usually featured soloists who would improvise on the melody over the arrangement ..., indie rock Indie rock is a genre of rock music Rock music is a broad genre of popular music Popular music is music with wide appeal that is typically distributed to large audiences through the music industry. These forms and styles ...
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Peter Mulvey
Peter Mulvey is an American Folk music, folk singer-songwriter based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Since the early 1990s, he has developed a strong national following in the indie folk/rock scene through his relentless touring and critically acclaimed albums. Starting his musical career in Milwaukee while at Marquette University, he honed his performing skills while traveling in Dublin, Ireland. He later spent several years in Boston, where he frequently performed in the city's subway system. He is best known for his warmly wry songwriting and his intense percussive guitar style. Discography Albums *1992 - ''Rabbit Talk'' (self-released demo tape) *1992 - ''Brother Rabbit Speaks'' (re-issued in 2001) *1994 - ''Rain (Peter Mulvey album), Rain'' (re-issued in 2001) *1995 - ''Rapture (Peter Mulvey album), Rapture'' *1997 - ''Goodbye Bob'' (EP) *1997 - ''Deep Blue (Peter Mulvey album), Deep Blue'' *1998 - ''Glencree (album), Glencree'' (live album) *2000 - ''The Trouble with Poets'' *200 ...
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