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Broke & Hungry Records Blues label strikes national distribution deal with Burnside Distribution Corporation

(ST. LOUIS) – Broke & Hungry Records, the St. Louis-based country blues label that last month released Back to Bentonia, the critically acclaimed debut CD by Jimmy "Duck" Holmes, has reached a national distribution deal with Burnside Distribution Corporation in Portland, Oregon. The arrangement will greatly expand the label's reach within the United States by making its CDs available to both independent and chain music retailers.

"The response to Back to Bentonia has been overwhelming," said Jeff Konkel, president and founder of Broke & Hungry Records. "But without a strong distribution partner in the United States, it would be next to impossible for the average blues fan to walk into a record store in Phoenix or Boston and find a Jimmy 'Duck' Holmes release nestled between CDs by Slim Harpo and John Lee Hooker. Thanks to this arrangement with Burnside Distribution Corporation, that scenario becomes a lot more likely. We're thrilled to be involved with a distributor of their caliber."

According to Bill McNally, owner and general manager of Burnside, the feeling is mutual. "This relationship is a perfect fit. While Burnside distributes many different genres of music, blues is one that is closest to our hearts. Back to Bentonia is the type of project we delight in dealing with. Many of the great unknowns of yesteryear are still active but the average consumer is unaware of them or if they do know of a release, it is very difficult to obtain. The benefit of a national distributor is that all accounts, large and small – from chains to independents – have availability for their customers. Burnside Distribution looks forward to this new relationship with Broke & Hungry Records with their Jimmy 'Duck' Holmes project and their future efforts."

Burnside Distribution will also handle the distribution of Broke & Hungry Records' next CD, Meet Me In The Cotton Field, an exciting country blues release by Terry "Big T" Williams and Wesley Jefferson. The disc is tentatively slated for an August release.

Back to Bentonia and future releases from Broke & Hungry Records will continue to be available through the label's Web site at www.brokeandhungryrecords.com.

For more information on the agreement, contact Broke & Hungry Records at
314/832.6947 or info@brokeandhungryrecords.com. Record stores and retailers interested in carrying Back to Bentonia and future releases from Broke & Hungry Records can visit Burnside Distribution online at www.bdcdistribution.com.

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