Like most great
ideas, the concept for Broke & Hungry Records was born
in a bar. A juke joint, to be precise. But unlike most great
ideas, this one went from half-baked bar babble to stark
reality at a juggernaut’s pace.
In early October 2005, Broke & Hungry Records founder
Jeff Konkel first slurred aloud the idea of starting a country
blues label. Less than a month later Broke & Hungry
Records was registered as a limited liability company in
the State of Missouri. Two weeks after that the label cut
its first CD, Back to Bentonia by “Jimmy
Duck” Holmes. That CD will be released worldwide on
April 18, 2006 – six months after the hangover wore
Broke & Hungry Records is headquartered in St. Louis,
Missouri, a city well known for its contribution to blues
music. But the label’s initial focus is on capturing
the rough, country blues sounds that have emanated from
the Mississippi Delta for nearly a hundred years. These
were the blues that first captured the attention of the
label’s founder when he began immersing himself in
the music during his late teens.
Konkel is a veteran public relations practitioner and avowed
blues fan. He has no experience in the music industry. There
are some who contend he has no business in it.
Back to Bentonia is just the first of many releases
planned by the label. It will be followed in short order
by a stunning country blues release featuring Wesley Jefferson
and Terry “Big T” Williams, two Clarksdale,
Mississippi natives who are better known for their thundering,
electrified work. Blues fans who are only familiar with
that side of these two veteran artists are likely to be
stunned by their upcoming release.
Broke & Hungry Records releases will be available in
select stores and through online retailers as well as through
the label’s own Web site.
For more information on Broke & Hungry Records
or any of its artists or releases, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org