The folks behind the label originate from Catfish Records. Catfish was¬†one of the most respected labels of its time, during the early 1990s and released music by some of the greatest name sin blues music including¬†Charley Patton, Blind Willie McTell, Leadbelly,¬†Bukka White, Blind Lemon Jefferson, amongst many others
Nehi (pronounced “knee high”) is named after a flavoured soft drink that originated in America. It was¬†introduced in 1924 by Chero-Cola/Union Bottle Works and the drinks brand is owned by Dr¬†Pepper with whom the label is in no ways associated. The drink was a favourite of Blues¬†musicians as they could mix it with their homemade alcohol to make the drink more palatable¬†and has been celebrated in songs by the likes of Frank Stokes (‚ÄėNehi Mamma Blues‚Äô) and¬†Blind Joe Reynolds (‚ÄėNehi Blues‚Äô).
Nehi‚Äôs brief ¬†is to release great music, by great¬†artists, with well thought out design, insightful and exhaustive sleeve notes, rare images,¬†with the audio mastered with the most-up-to-date methods from the strongest source material¬†available, all available to the customer a very affordable price.
The label will launch with three albums at the beginning of November 2013 and will then be¬†issuing at one release per month from January 2014 onwards.
The first 3 releases are:
‘Peabody Blues’: ¬†including Furry Lewis, Robert Wilkins, Garfield Akers, Kid¬†Bailey, and more (NEH01)
‘Jackson Stomp: The Charlie McCoy Story’ including Charlie McCoy, Tommy Johnson,¬†Memphis Minnie, Sonny Boy Williamson, and more (NEH02)
‘St. Charles Blues’ featuring Sonny Boy Nelson & Bo Carter and others (NEH03)
The schedule for 2014 includes Blind Joe Taggart, Peg Leg Howell, Jack Kelly & Will¬†Batts, amongst others, as well as collections concentrating on Jug Band music, Santa Fe¬†Piano, and Ragtime guitar, just to name a few. Fantastic news all round!