V.A. - Rodentia:The Best Of Dark Roots Music (2008) + The Best Of Dark Roots Music Vol.2 - 4 (2010)
Undoubtedly the biggest assembly of dark roots artists on one album; Rodentia: The Best of Dark Roots Music features 34 Tracks on two discs featuring the best dark roots music the world has to offer. Established mainstays in the genre such as O'death, Reverend Glasseye, Those Poor Bastards, Botanica, and Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys can all be found alongside emerging artists such as Uncle Sinner and Oldboy. Carefully arranged for the listener to explore the variety of music contained inside, Rodentia is intended a marathon two hour listening session to explore the world of dark roots music. - amazon.com
Just in time for the end of the gloomy season, the folks at Devilís Ruin Records are preparing to release their continuation of the Dark Roots Music compilation series, with not one but three more volumes: II. Rodentagogue, III. Rodenticide, and IV. Rodentum. Though the new additions arenít quite as extensive as their predecessor, Rodentia: The Best of Dark Roots Music, the two-disc release that spawned the series, the content is equally impressive. Then again, while each of the new releases are home to between fourteen and eighteen tracks, Rodentia featured thirty-four songs by thirty-four of todayís finest roots bands and singer/songwriters, such as Strawfoot, OíDeath, Black River Brethren, Reverend Glasseye, The Dad Horse Experience, Uncle Sinner, and Those Poor Bastards. The three new volumes, however, feature a number of different artists, some on Devilís Ruin Records, some not. On Rodentagogue, Volume II, you will hear songs from the likes of JB Nelson, Munly & The Lupercalians, and The Sad Bastard Book Club. On Volume II, Rodenticide, you will hear songs by Black Jake & The Carnies, The Resurrectionists, Sean K. Preston, The .357 String Band, and Rainer Hass. And on Rodentum, Volume IV, you will hear songs by Dimestore Troubadours, Murder by Death, Pete Yorko, Muzza Monroe & The Lushous Strings, and JB Nelson & The Chainsaws. These are some of the most well compiled volumes of roots music I have ever encountered, with some of the best gothic americana, gypsy, insugent country, bluegrass, hillbilly troubadour, blues trash, and neo-folk bands and singer/songwriters to be found in modern underground music.
2008 - Rodentia:The Best Of Dark Roots Music: DISC 1: 01. Damnnation Way (Strawfoot) 02. Careful with that shovel, Slim! (Herman Gauche) 03. Something Wicked (Black River Brethren) 04. Adelita (O'death) 05. Evil Donkey (The Monads) 06. Blood O'Lambs (Reverend Glasseye) 07. All of Her Kin (Christian Williams) 08. Gates of Heaven (The Dad Horse Experience) 09. When Jesus Comes (Uncle Sinner) 10. Silverfish (before you die...) 11. Her Ghost (Tom Baxendale) 12. Wolf Age: Axe Age (Death's Head Hearth) 13. The Serpent King (Jeff Zentner) 14. The Lash (Pinebox Serenade) 15. Plague of Frogs (Creech Holler) 16. Endless Plains of Delirious Lands (Hank Ray) 17. Blood & Muskets (Muleskinner Jones) 18. Happy Wanderer (Chad Parks and the Near Death Experience) 19. How (Botanica) 20. Tales of the Barroom Battle (Warren Jackson Hearne and the Merrie Murdre of Gloomadeers) 21. No more Room (The Scarring Party) DISC 2: 01. Graveyard Polka (Damn Laser Vampires) 02. Dark Horse (Tarantella) 03. Red Grass, Black Pasture (Antic Clay) 04. The Ballerina's Twirl (Lonesome Wyatt & the Holy Spooks) 05. Psalm of Nod (Sons of Perdition w/ Lonesome Wyatt & Dad Horse Ottn) 06. Death (Oldboy) 07. The Visit (Sleepy Eyes Nelson) 08. Dead Before You Died (Reverend Elvis and the Undead Syncopators) 09. Too Far Gone (Ghostwitch) 10. Devil is on His Way (Joe Buck Yourself) 11. Just as Soon as I Wound This Man (Slackeye Slim) 12. A Curse (Those Poor Bastards) 13. Bone Slag (Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys)
2010 - Rodentagogue: The Best Of Dark Roots Music - Vol.2: 01. The Dead Walk the Streets (Jb Nelson) 02. Grandfather (Munly & The Lupercalians) 03. Man with No Name (Jim Strange) 04. Billy Bible and the Beast Boy (The Broadsides) 05. Devil on My Shoulder (Myssouri) 06. Revelations (Palodine) 07. Red Ships (The Blackthorns) 08. Carthage (Euclid) 09. Sithe (Woodcat) 10. Demons (Bruteheart) 11. Tinder (Painted Saints) 12. Playing Dead to be Invited to the Vulture DInner Party (The Sad Bastard Book Club) 13. Ears to the Snake (The Mountain Apple Epidemic) 14. The Foes of the Righteous Will Be Condemned (The Nichols Family Gospel Choir)
2010 - Rodenticide: The Best Of Dark Roots Music - Vol.3: 01. Preacher Man (The Knotwells) 02. Damn Our Souls (Hell's Fire Sinners) 03. Bone Man (Black Jake and the Carnies) 04. Devil's Son (Pushin' Rope) 05. The Devil Came a Knockin' (Liquorbox) 06. Heaven Bound (Los Duggans) 07. The Dirty Third (The Resurrectionists) 08. Pig's Eye Parrant (Chokecherry) 09. Gotta Get Right (Nathan Wade & the Dark Pioneers) 10. Satan (Sean K. Preston) 11. The Power of Sixteen Horses (The Crow & the Deadly Nightshade) 12. Simple Sin (The Wildcard Family Revival) 13. One Sin (Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir) 14. He's Comin', He's Callin' (Joel Kaiser & the Devil's Own) 15. Helping Hands (Black Eyed Vermillion) 16. Hell Bent (Highlonesome) 17. Holy Water (The .357 String Band) 18. Death (Rainer Hass)
2010 - Rodentum: The Best Of Dark Roots Music - Vol.4: 01. Dark Rooms (Dimestore Troubadours) 02. Dead Men and Sinners (Murder By Death) 03. The Moon Is Crying (The Moon is Crying) 04. Worried Ugly (Harlequin Jones) 05. It's Always Worse (A Slow Death & Loneliness) 06. Magic Potions (Magic Potions) 07. Snakebite (Snakebite) 08. Sell My Soul (Pete Yorko) 09. Roses on a Grave (Phantom of the Black Hills) 10. Unravelling of the Sins (Muzza Monroe & the Lushous Strings) 11. Red Moon Rising (Strawman) 12. Rattlesnake Mountain (Red Clay River) 13. God Will Strike Me Down (Warren Jackson Hearne) 14. Perfect Dead Body (Slim Wild Boar) 15. The Stranger (JB Nelson) 16. Devil, Devil (Izzy Cox) 17. Lucifer (Hank Pine & Lily Fawn) 18. Drenced to the Bones (Herr Broken)