Randy Chortkoff Bio:CEO/Producer Randy Chortkoff’s passion for music began at a very young age – his father was a jazz fan who used to bring Louis Armstrong and members of his band home for dinner and informal jam sessions, and young Randy Chortkoff soaked it all up.
As a teenager he became a regular at the legendary blues hot spot The Ash Grove in L.A., and then made his way to San Francisco just in time for the Summer of Love, where he enjoyed the heyday of the groundbreaking music scene centered around Bill Graham’s Fillmore Auditorium and The Family Dogs Avalon Ballrom. There, Randy Chortkoff had the opportunity to witness, not only the icons of the rock generation, such as Jimi Hendrix, The Doors and Janis Joplin but also legendary blues artists muddy waters, jimmy reed and howlin' wolf.
Beginning in the 1980s, Randy Chortkoff was working with his own band, and honing his musical skills as a producer, which would eventually lead to his first project as an independent record producer, recording blues legend Billy Boy Arnold. These master tapes were leased by the world’s largest independent blues label, Alligator Records, and were released as Arnold’s highly acclaimed ‘comeback’ release “Back Where I Belong” in the early 1990s.
Over the next several years Randy Chortkoff produced his own sessions featuring a number of prominent blues artists, including the late King Ernest, powerhouse vocalist Finis Tasby, blues-guitar phenomenom Kirk Fletcher and many others, leasing them to major blues labels in the US and in Europe. Finally deciding to reap the fruits of his own labors, Chortkoff created the Delta Groove Productions label and has produced and released projects by a growing number of artists including Elvin Bishop, Mitch Kashmar, Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers, The Mannish Boys, Phillip Walker, The Hollywood Blue Flames, Candye Kane, Sean Costello, Tracy Nelson, and many more.
Randy Chortkoff has branched out beyond the blues genre with his eclectic subsidiary label, Eclecto Groove Records, which is a home and showcase for music that isn’t easily categorized or pigeon-holed as the blues, from genre-bending artists covering a wide spectrum of musical styles. The first release on Eclecto Groove was from the soulful young European star Ana Popovic, followed by the innovative releases by Jason Ricci & New Blood, Nick Curran, The Soul of John Black, Mike Zito, and it's latest addition, Australian virtuoso Kara Grainger. Eclecto Groove is poised for an exciting future.
Moving forward, Randy Chortkoff is in the process of establishing a cutting-edge alternative label, No Respect Records, that will debut his latest discovery, the electrifying band, My Own Holiday.