Righteous Babe Records

Righteous Babe Records

Infobox record label
name = Righteous Babe Records

image_bg = black
parent =
founded = 1990
founder = Ani Difranco
Scot Fisher
status = Active
distributor =
genre = Folk
Urban Folk
country = US
location = Buffalo, New York
url = http://www.righteousbabe.com

Righteous Babe Records is an American independent record label. It was created by progressive folksinger Ani DiFranco in 1990 to release her own songs in lieu of being beholden to a mainstream record company. [cite web |url=http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D04E2D81F3CF935A25751C0A96E958260&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=all|title=Righteous Babe Saves Hometown; A Fiercely Independent Folk Singer's Soaring Career Lifts Buffalo, Too|date=1998-02-16| accessdate=2008-05-14 |publisher=New York Times] The label was originally called "Righteous Records", and the original pressings of her debut album have it listed as such. However, Difranco then discovered a pre-existing gospel music label with that name, and to differentiate herself, added the "babe"Fact|date=April 2008. Located in DiFranco's hometown of Buffalo, New York, Righteous Babe expanded in the late 1990s to release albums for emerging non-mainstream artists.



In 1995 an abandoned 19th century historical landmark, the Asbury Delaware United Methodist Church was scheduled to be demolished by the City of Buffalo. The church was built in 1876 and had become derelict with no upkeep. In 1999, Righteous Babe Records approached the City of Buffalo. to purchase the building. Restoration efforts began in 2000 and by 2006 it had been converted it into an entertainment venue [cite web |url=http://www.babevillebuffalo.com/timeline.asp|title=Babeville - Timeline| accessdate=2008-05-14] . Originally referred to as "The Church", the name was affectionately changed to "Babeville" [cite web |url=http://www.wgrz.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=50776|title=DiFranco Renames "The Church" to "Babeville"|date=2007-09-12| accessdate=2008-05-14 |publisher=Associated Press] [ [http://www.babevillebuffalo.com/ : : babeville : : ] ] has a 1,200-seat concert hall and is the current home of the label. [ [http://www.ci.buffalo.ny.us/Home/Leadership/Mayor/Mayor_s_Plans_and_Proposals/Mayors_Vision_for_Buffalo Mayor's Vision for Buffalo - City of Buffalo ] ]


ee also

* List of record labels


External links

* [http://www.righteousbabe.com Official Righteous Babe Records site]
* [http://www.babevillebuffalo.com/ Official site of 'Babeville']

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