Watermelon Records

Watermelon Records
Parent company Texas Music Group/New West Records
Founded 1989 (1989)
Founder John Kunz, Heinz Gessler, Robert Earl Keen
Defunct 1998 (1998)
Status Defunct
Distributor(s) Alternative Distribution Alliance
Genre Rock
Alternative country
Country of origin U.S.
Location Austin, Texas

Watermelon Records was a record label based in Austin, Texas.


Watermelon Records was founded in 1989 by John Kunz, Heinz Gessler, and Robert Earl Keen. Keen later sold his interest in the label.[1]

During the 1990s, Watermelon released 10-15 albums a year, mostly Americana music.[2]

Watermelon Records filed for bankruptcy in 1998, and its assets were sold to Texas Clef Entertainment Group, an affiliate of Antone’s Records.[3]

In 2010, New West acquired the Texas Music Group, which included the Watermelon Records label.[4][5]


See also


  1. ^ "Watermelon Records". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  2. ^ Caligiuri, Jim (29 September 2000). "Texas Music Group: Austin's Newest Label Rises From the Ashes of Antone's and Watermelon". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  3. ^ Steve Sather. "Antone's Records: A Tragedy in Three Acts and 46 Pages". A Texas Bankruptcy Lawyer's Blog. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  4. ^ "About New West Records". New West. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Watermelon Records". Bandcamp. Retrieved 22 May 2017.

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