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The Golden Hour

The Golden Hour


$23.00 LP
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In 2005, Firewater's Tod A embarked on what would become a three year sabbatical through the Middle East, the Indian Subcontinent and South East Asia. He had recently split with his wife; George W. Bush had just been re-elected...

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About Checkered Past

Checkered Past Records was founded in May 1997 by Bloodshot Records 
cofounder Eric Babcock, Yvonne Jones and Laurence Lipson. The label’s first release was the debut album by Nashville artist and poet Tom House, The Neighborhood Is Changing. Chicagoans Scott Schaefer and Lipson took over the Checkered Past reins in the late 1990s and continued to release albums by such artists as the Silos, Ass Ponys, 16 Horsepower and the Great Crusades. In 2017, Checkered Past was rebooted to put out vinyl-only releases by critically acclaimed and cult favorite bands like Istanbul’s Firewater and New York City’s Big Lazy. Looking ahead, the label remains determined to partner with artful innovators to bring important music to the fore.

The Checkered Past sound? Americana, alt-country, art-damaged, dark roots—call it what you want. This is music stripped down to its raw essentials to tell a human story. And, sometimes, with a bit of bitterness to boot.