There are a couple of words that are often used to describe the band Bloodkin. “Underground” and “underrated” seem to consistently come up. In fairness to those labels, the band has certainly remained at the margins of the commercial music business. But a couple of other words that more aptly sum up the band at this point in their 25 year career are “dedicated” and “prolific”. Bloodkin celebrated their silver anniversary back in 2013 with a 5-Disc anthology box set (One Long Hustle) to add to their existing catalog of 9 albums to undoubtedly prove what many of their fans and peers have always known. It is and has always been only about the music for the childhood friends that founded Bloodkin a quarter century ago. Despite some truly dire and dark moments that would have derailed those less committed to the craft, their collective pen has continued to carve out beautiful southern gothic poetry in the form of reckless rock and roll music that covers a broad spectrum of the human condition with an especially keen eye for capturing and celebrating the light that can come from darkness.
Bloodkin’s list of accomplishments and the respect that is shown from other artists convincingly tells the story of how widely they are appreciated as “the artist’s artist”. From providing musical backing to Allen Ginsberg’s spoken word performances in their early days, collaborating and traveling with Moe Tucker and Sterling Morrison from the Velvet Underground, penning numerous songs that have been covered by Widespread Panic for nearly all of that band’s storied existence, consistently being noted by Patterson Hood as one of his personal favorites, to cultivating a working friendship with iconic saxophonist Bobby Keys who regularly joined them onstage before his death in early 2015.
“From the very beginnings of Widespread Panic to today and beyond, Bloodkin has been one of our greatest influences. Danny and Eric’s music has a consistent blend of poetry, intestinal fortitude, and song-craftmanship that I envy. I can hope their example sinks in to my own approach to music. We can voyeuristically cover their songs during our sets but ultimately it’s best to listen to Bloodkin and surrender to what is coming at you––pure intention in the form of music. Bloodkin’s presence in, and their approach to, rock & roll or whatever you call it––is as much of what makes up the backbone of the Athens music story as any other band that has come through this town. That’s what Danny and Eric mean to me.”
-JOHN BELL of WIDESPREAD PANIC
“Life-affirming rock and roll in the grandest tradition…one of the most under-rated bands on Earth.”
-PATTERSON HOOD of DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS
“It’s no mystery I am a longtime fan of the music of Daniel Hutchens and his band Bloodkin… I put his catalog right up there with the likes of Townes Van Zandt, Alejandro Escovedo and Steve Earle in terms of truly capturing the nuances of humanity, both the light and the dark, in song.”
-JUSTIN GAGE in AN AQUARIUM DRUNKARD