The Record Company consists of lead vocalist and instrumentalist Chris Vos, and multi-instrumentalists Alex Stiff, and Marc Cazoria. They began as a band in 2011, using old equipment and self-recording in Stiff’s living room in Los Feliz, California. They name classic blues players as their inspiration, mixed up with the gritty sound of early blues-inspired rock bands of the ’60s and ’70s like the Rolling Stones. This article from L.A. Weekly from 2012 tells you all you need to know about the personality of the band during their woodshedding days: three talented musicians playing great music inspired by great musicians–the beat goes on. They have opened for artists as diverse as Mavis Staples, the late B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Grace Potter, and Trombone Shorty. Their album, Give It Back To You, was released earlier this year on the Concord label. Given the commitment of Concord to the music of jazz and blues, getting a release under that label is testament to how highly their music is regarded.
The song that follows, “Off the Ground” was recorded live for WXPN’s excellent World Cafe. Whenever I have the opportunity, I listen avidly to this public radio station out of the University of Pennsylvania. It’s a national treasure.