Elisabeth Vincentelli
June 23, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Down to the Promised Land -- 5 Years of Bloodshot Records

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Neko Case, Various Artists
Producers
Bloodshot
genre
Reissues

We gave it an A-

While Nashville increasingly crosses over into glossy pop, Chicago label Bloodshot goes the reverse route, leaving rock for energetic old-school country with Down to the Promised Land — 5 Years of Bloodshot Records. From Texas swing to gritty honky-tonk to sultry ballads, acts like the Sadies, the Waco Brothers, and Neko Case restore dignity and heart to a much-maligned genre. Most compilations are erratic, but this one’s consistency and range testify to the vision of a little label that could. A-

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