Welcome to Pravda Records, one of Chicago's longest running independent record labels. Releasing a diverse catalog of music since 1984, Pravda Records has established itself around the world as an eclectic and refreshing source for hard to find bands and artists that create unique and experimental sounds. Enjoy.

New single from Matt Wilson and his Orchestra is out now! 

The digital release of "When I Was a Writer" by Matt Wilson and his Orchestra is available on all the digital and download platforms to stream or download. Matt is currently on tour  mesmerizing crowds night after night with his beautiful melodies and instrumentation. Check out his song here

New music from Matt Wilson and his Orchestra coming soon! 

Pravda Records is proud to announce the signing of former Trip Shakespeare leader Matt Wilson & his Orchestra and will be releasing the ensemble’s full-length debut When I Was a Writer March 20, 2020 preceded by the release of the title track on January 17 and the follow up single “Come To Nothing” February 21. 

Label owner Kenn Goodman enthuses: "Pravda is more than excited to have Matt Wilson & his Orchestra added to our roster for the 2020 release of their debut album. I have been a long-time fan of Matt and his work with Trip Shakespeare and The Twilight Hours. Trip Shakespeare even appeared on one of our K-Tel tribute releases in the early nineties and covered ‘Go All the Way.’ It’s great when we can go full circle with artists and continue to work with them on their newest projects."

Vince Salerno and Gerald McClendon debut release hits on Oct 4!  

For four decades, Vince Salerno has been a double threat on Chicago’s blues scene, blowing up a storm on saxophone as well as harmonica. At long last, he’s made his debut album—and Grabbing the Blues By the Horns was well worth the wait.  It’s a veritable soul, blues, and jazz extravaganza that expertly showcases Vince’s talents on both instruments, backed by an all-star Windy City crew that knows how to groove. The set also features the riveting vocals of Gerald McClendon, one of Vince’s longtime musical collaborators. It’s been a long time coming, but Grabbing the Blues By the Horns should finally make Salerno a household name among blues aficionados. Pre-order your copy on CD here. Includes free download. https://pravdamusic.com/album/1173551/grabbing-the-blues-by-the-horns

The Lilacs Endure new EP hits on Aug 16. 

The Lilacs Endure is the first new release by Chicago PowerPop quartet, The Lilacs, in more than 25 years. Produced by indie rock legend Richard Lloyd (Television, Matthew Sweet), and recorded in Nashville at the legendary Studio 19, The Lilacs Endure features four never-before-recorded Lilacs songs and is being released by Chicago's Pravda label August 16. Order your CD here. Includes free download! https://pravdamusic.com/product/329557

New releases on the way! 

Lots of great things happening at Pravda. Digital releases, physical releases, and videos are all coming. Look for releases by The Lilacs, Allen Hill, Gerald McClendon, Chamber Strings, Diplomats of Solid Sound, The Imperial Sound, and Thrift Store Halo.


Diplomats of Solid Sound new record is out!! 

Pravda Records proudly presents the sixth full-length by Iowa City ambassadors of groove The Diplomats Of Solid Sound. "A Higher Place"-entirely mixed and edited at The Magic Barn in Iowa City and inspired by the sounds of the best 60s style soul and funk. Having already cut 5 full-length albums, "Instrumental Action Soul" (Prescription Records - 2001), "Let´s Cool One"(Estrus Records - 2003),  "Destination Get Down!" (Estrus Records - 2005),  self-titled “Diplomats Of Solid Sound featuring The Diplomettes” (Pravda Records/Record Kicks 2008), and “What Goes Around, Comes Around”, the band is just getting warmed up. “A Higher Place” is chock full of irresistible funk and soul bombs ready to melt your heart or make you shake it on the dance-floor, strongly confirming their standing in the contemporary funk and neo-soul scene. LP includes free download card. Order CD here https://pravdamusic.com/product/320259 Order LP here https://pravdamusic.com/product/320260  

Willie Jones releases new single on the Pravda Soul Vinyl series 

The artist, Willie Jones, was “the first person to sing r&b in Detroit,” according to Bettye LaVette, who introduced the two of us. Willie is a fantastic soul singer, and at age 81 still has all his “notes.” He had a group in the 50s called The Royal Jokers that everyone in Motor City came down to see and said, “I can do that.” And they did (Berry Gordy, Marvin Gaye, et al), finding great success while Willie and the Royal Jokers languished as a singles act on Atlantic. Here is Willie's latest single filled with social commentary. Order this limited edition single here. Includes free download! ​​​​​​​https://pravdamusic.com/album/1086561/willie-jones-warning-shot-7

RIP Andre Williams 

We are extremely saddened to report that our beloved artist Andre Williams passed away Sunday March 17, 2019. He was 82 years old. Andre was a major force in Chicago, Detroit, and the entire world of soul, rock , garage, and every other genre he ventured in. He worked with everybody, saw it all and had a presence that was hard to describe. He will be missed, but thankfully, his music lives on. His last recording on Pravda is appropriately titled "Don't Ever Give Up".


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Diplomats of Solid Sound w The Imperial Sound

SPACE, 1245 Dempster, Evanston IL

Diplomats of Solid Sound celebrate the release of their latest record' "A Higher Place" with their first Chicago area show in many years. Expect soul grooves , funk, and pop from the new record and their past records as well. The Imperial Sound co-headline the show with songs from "The New AM as well as their new single- June July and August.