Ventrella Records

 The man behind the name, James Ventrella celebrating new year's eve (and his birthday) at The Italian Village restaurant in Chicago. Photograph by Joel Paterson.

The man behind the name, James Ventrella celebrating new year's eve (and his birthday) at The Italian Village restaurant in Chicago. Photograph by Joel Paterson.

Ventrella Records is a go-broke-slow scheme that I started in 2001 with the release of my first independent CD, "Down at The Depot," a solo disc featuring 1920's finger-style country blues with acoustic guitar and vocals. I named Ventrella Records after my buddy James Ventrella, a Chicago music connoisseur with great taste and an all-around cooler sounding name than Paterson Records. My continuing goal is to put out limited edition recordings of music that interests me, and to document some of the amazing musicians that I get to play with in Chicago, and on the roots music and vintage scene around the world today.

I'm sorry that not all Ventrella releases remain in print, my business model (and I use the term business loosely) is to release a disc, hope to make my money back, and then put any resources into new recordings. This is the way the independent music industry seems to be these days. Although I truly appreciate the exposure (and ability to communicate with people all over the globe) that social media and the internet gives us, the proliferation of free music and media content has made it tough to keep all of one's products in print. Ok, slight rant over! Thank you for your interest in my music, and for a list of  Ventrella recordings still available to purchase (and some discs my associates have released that I'm excited to be a part of), please check out the "Recordings" section of my website. And I hope to see you out at a show sometime, which is always the best way to purchase Ventrella CDs!

 Ventrella Records logo, designed and illustrated by Joel Paterson

Ventrella Records logo, designed and illustrated by Joel Paterson