The actor launches the imprint with John Belushi's widow
Blues Brothers actor Dan Aykroyd is set to launch his own record label.
The imprint – succinctly named Blues Brothers Records – will be an offshoot of Blue Note Records and a joint venture with Judith Belushi Pisano, the widow of Aykroyd’s Blues Brothers co-star John Belushi.
A report from Billboard states: “Blues Brothers will sign and develop blues artists, both newcomers and veteran acts, with an eye toward employing Aykroyd’s multiple blues platforms for promotional purposes.”
“[Aykroyd] has been a beacon for decades for the blues, one of the most challenging [genres] to get into the commercial marketplace,” Blues Brothers manager Eric Gardner said. “In the digital age a lot of labels don’t have the wherewithal or the financing to have strong digital strategies and I think that has led to the paucity of strong blues labels. We’re almost thinking of this as a public service for dedicated blues enthusiasts.”
No artist has yet been signed to the roster but Aykroyd said he will “lay back and suggest things and let Don [Was, Blue Note president] do what he does best for the first year or two”.
Aykroyd adds: “But who’s to say? I always want to find the next Gary Clark Jr.”
Cult musical comedy The Blues Brothers was released in 1980, with Aykroyd and Belushi starring as Jake and Elwood Blues. It was followed by a sequel, Blues Brothers 2000, 18 years later.