The Little LI Label That Could: Paradiddle Records

Do you guys know about Paradiddle Records? No? Here’s why you should.

Paradiddle Records is a refreshing, local, independent take on a record label. The Huntington-based label is co-owned by Bill Herman and Tom Crawford, both of whom are out and about in the local scene constantly. Anyone who knows these guys can see that they are music lovers, and that is what they bring to Paradiddle that makes it a little bit different, shinier, cleaner than other labels: Love of music.

I have heard a few people say that, in the wake of the big major labels waning success, the future of the music business will actually be a return to the past. Small, independent labels taking on artists because they believe in them, and entering the music business as entrepreneurs. If that is the case, Paradiddle is already all over it. Small, local, passionate and professional—that describes Paradiddle to a T.

Paradiddle has made something of a name for themselves by releasing “unCovered” albums—local artists doing their own thing with the songs of well known artists. The most recent such release is The Kinks UnKovered, featuring local artists like Caroline Doctorow, Iridesense, and The Corduroy Sky. Paradiddle also releases original albums from local artists, such as Jay Scott’s Life in a Hurry, which came out this summer.

What’s to come? Paradiddle is in the holiday spirit this season, and is working on a free “Best of 2010” download on their website. “Best of 2010” features the songs of local, original Long Island musicians. Also available will be a free download of a group recording of Happy Xmas (War is Over), featuring over 25 Long Island artists. Keep an eye out for it at http://www.paradiddlerecords.com/.

rorie kelly

Rorie Kelly is a singer/songwriter from various parts of Long Island. She recently released her debut CD called "Wish Upon a Bottlecap." Rorie and her band play regularly in NYC and on the island. Please visit roriekelly.com for more information and pretty songs.