As I write this I am sitting here at 518 Stubbs after working a pretty intense, tiring double at work. I have to go back in just a few hours, then after that begins the first annual BIG BULLET FEST. I could go into the history of how this little "label" started and the steps we've taken over the years, but you can read about that in any of the few interviews that I did in promotion of the event. Instead, I might just get a little bit real for a moment.
There are many things people can do with their time. For me, I grew up in a small, shitty factory town, where I was considered "weird" for playing guitar instead of playing football. I wanted to get away. I was a pretty good student, so college was my way out. I ended up at Shepherd University (mainly because the football players all went to WVU) where I would go on to meet Adam Meisterhans and Jordan Hudkins, two people that I would today consider my own flesh and blood.
From there I went on to join their new band, The Demon Beat, that I secretly wished I was in from afar during their early days as a duo. The label basically came from me being bored and procrastinating during finals in my Junior year at SU. It just made sense.
I had no idea what I was doing, and I really don't have a clue to this day. All I know is that through whatever I started I have made some relationships with some great people that will last forever. I think when folks team up with other like-minded folks that everything is easier, and that's exactly what I think we've been able to do through this collective. So when we use the term "family", we really do mean it. I would do anything for my bandmates, and I would definitely do anything for Roger Harvey, Steven MacDonald, Greg Loftus, or any of the other close friends we've made throughout the years as well.
A lot of work has went into this compilation and this festival, and I'd like to personally thank each and every person involved in the project, as well as anyone who takes the time to download and listen to the album. We have decided to split the album in two: 10 more "rocking" tracks, and 10 softer, more laid-back ones. The result is a truly eclectic mix of rock, folk, blues, garage, psychedelic, and many other genres.
It's with great amounts of love and thanks that we as a family offer this to you. Thank you for ever coming to a show, buying a record, or just saying a kind word to any of us. It really does mean the world to us. The vast majority of this compilation is comprised of unreleased or otherwise unobtainable tracks from these artists. If you like what you hear please check out the artists. They all have websites and merch and the like. Help them out, and through that we can keep bringing you quality free downloads.
Thanks again for everything, and we hope you enjoy the compilation and the festival. You guys rule.
- Tucker Griffin Riggleman
released 21 April 2011
Artwork: Jordan Hudkins & Emily Cumberland
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