The founder and president of music label Red House Records, Bob Feldman, died Thursday at age 56. After battling health issue for months, he is survived by his wife, son, parents, brother and sister.
Feldman leaves a legacy of considerable contributions to folk and rock music. He was many things to many people: not just a businessman, but a friend and fan to all the artists with whom he worked. Feldman was a rarity in the world of label presidents. His philosophy was “to provide a home and environment in which creative artists can make albums in total freedom—without interference from mogul types just looking for the next hit single.”
In recent years, Feldman worked to expand Red House Records, attracting an excellent roster of folk musicians. The label is a home to artists like Greg Brown, Eliza Gilkyson, Guy Davis, Jimmy LaFave, The Wailin’ Jennys and a horde of others.
The current staff of Red House intends to continue blazing Feldman’s trail, seeking new independent talents.
Memorial services for Feldman are being held today, Friday, Jan. 13 at 11:30 a.m. at Beth Jacob Synagogue at 1179 Victoria Curve, Mendota Heights, Minn. Memorials should be directed to the Breast Cancer Fund care of Red House Records, P.O. Box 4044, St. Paul, MN 55104.