About Us


Red Lick Records - A brief overview

Red LickFirst established 30 years ago, Red Lick is the leading mail order supplier of blues and related music. To a world-wide customer base, we provide the best range of CDs, DVDs, books, LPs and other merchandise, underpinned by great prices and unique customer service. 

Our bi-monthly catalogues include new and used stock available as well as our renowned and independent reviews and recommendations of new releases, re-releases and old favourites worthy of re-appraisal. 

We increasingly offer via this website the opportunity to order your requirements, search our stock lists, request catalogues and our periodic release sheets, read recent reviews and otherwise keep in touch with us.  

Red Lick Records - The Beginnings

When founders and original owners Ken and Ann Smith were looking for a name for their fledgling company, they shut their eyes and stuck a pin in a map of Mississippi and were delighted with the result!

The road sign is of the actual turn off on Highway 61 to Red Lick, Mississippi. It’s a very small place but it boasted one notable blues man called John Byrd who was recorded in the 1930s.

Beginning in 1980, Ken and Ann built Red Lick up from their base in North Wales and the company grew steadily in size and reputation. This was achieved by not only offering a friendly, efficient and informative service but by striving to always get the best prices for customers.

The focal point of the business was in the distribution of bi-monthly catalogues, including an unrivalled selection of new and used music and quality reviews, creating a world-wide reputation as Europe's leading blues specialists with many recommendations from customers and experts alike.

Red Lick Records - Today

Following the retirement of Ken and Ann in 2007, Red Lick was re-launched under new ownership and from a new location in Cardiff, south Wales. Continuing where Ken and Ann left off, the business remains a family owned and run concern under Tony and Julie Chilcott, continuing to provide the same level of commitment and service as always.