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As some of you may know, and some of you may not, we started a record label last year: Hard Rock Records. So far, we've got two bands on the label, Rosco Bandana and Flashlights (who've just released their first EP on Hard Rock Records; check 'em out by clicking here!) with a few more waiting in the wings for their time in the spotlight. You might've read the press release or visited the website, but we wanted to delve a little deeper into the label and the reasoning behind its creation. So, we sat down with James Buell, Co-Head of A&R with Blake Smith, and talked to him about Hard Rock Records.

  1. What was the impetus for the creation of Hard Rock Records?

    Music and philanthropy have always been at the core of what we do and this felt like the natural progression for us.  Hard Rock Records gives us another avenue to connect with fans and artists alike.  And we’re able to find musicians who inspire us and give them the tools to pursue their dreams.  Which is really the coolest part.

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 7, 2013 - Hard Rock International continues its commitment to emerging musicians of tomorrow with this year's Hard Rock Rising, the world's largest and most far-reaching battle of the bands competition. Hard Rock Rising supports the musical careers of aspiring artists around the globe by giving one local band the opportunity of a lifetime – participate in a World Tour at Hard Rock Cafe locations, film a music video, record an album with Hard Rock Records and receive $10,000 in new gear.

"Hard Rock is eager to uncover another pool of budding talent and provide them with an international stage to showcase their talents," said John Kirkpatrick , Head of Music & Artist Relations, Hard Rock International. "More than 12,000 bands entered Hard Rock Rising and nearly one million votes were cast by fans around the globe in 2012 – we hope the continued success of this program will catapult an emerging band to success and introduce their sound to Hard Rock's worldwide audience."

Posted on September 25, 2012 | Tags: , ,

​For Rosco Bandana, it truly is Time To Begin, as their aptly named first album so eloquently states, both in title and in sound. A debut album this good doesn't come around but once in a while, so Hard Rock Records is extremely proud to be the ones who are helping to shepherd this incredible band. The praise, however, should rest squarely on Rosco Bandana: Jason, Barry, Jennifer, Emily, Josh, Patrick, and Jackson. This band's humble origins in Mississippi have given rise to a record that is, at turns, foot stomping and quiet, celebratory and inward, and insanely good from beginning to end. Believe it.

We encourage everyone to get the album at iTunes or Amazon. It's available for download on both sites for just $8.99. Believe us, this is the beginning of something extraordinary. Rosco Bandana's rise begins now and Hard Rock is extremely lucky to be along for the ride.

It's Time To Begin.

Posted on August 06, 2012 | Tags: ,

For Hard Rock Records and its first band – Americana-infused, Mississippi septet, Rosco Bandana – it truly is Time To Begin. The first release from the band and label is available for digital pre-order through iTunes and for preview via Amazon and will be available to the masses on September 25th.

The band, discovered as part of Hard Rock’s 2011 Hard Rock Rising Battle of the Bands, have already shot a video for their first single and are fresh off an official Lollapalooza after party performance in Chicago this past weekend. They’ll hit the road this September, in support of the release of the album.

"I hope people get something honest out of our music," says singer/guitarist Jason Sanford. "I hope they're able to feel something, and to empathize with it when they hear the lyrics."


Posted on June 19, 2012 | Tags: , ,

Who is Rosco Bandana?

Rosco Bandana is a seven - piece band from Gulfport, Mississippi, made up of Jason Sanford, vocals/guitar; Barry Pribyl Jr., vocals/percussion; Jennifer Flint, vocals; Emily Sholes, vocals/keyboard; Jackson Weldon, mandolin/lap steel; Josh Smith, bass; and Patrick Mooney, guitar/banjo. The group was discovered as part of Hard Rock’s 2011 Hard Rock Rising competition and is the first group signed to Hard Rock Records. Their debut album is scheduled for release this September.

What’s in a name? Plenty if you’re talking about Hard Rock.

The iconic brand, which owns cafes, hotels, and casinos across the globe, has always embraced the musical aspect of its character—after all, the company has stages all over the world and stakes claim to the world’s largest collection of music memorabilia—but perhaps never as much as with its latest venture, Hard Rock Records.

When you think about Hard Rock, you think about a brand that plugs you into musical experiences,” explains John Galloway, Hard Rock’s Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “Music is important to us. It’s what differentiates us. There are a lot of companies in the hospitality space, but one of our main differentiators is being a brand that plugs you into music.

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