Peter Jesperson
Peter Jesperson


A music fanatic since he was a kid, Peter started in the music business in 1972 in Minneapolis / St. Paul, Minnesota distributing British rock weekly, The New Musical Express. He was hired at local record store, Oar Folkjokeopus, in April 1973, becoming manager in '75 and working there until summer 1983.

In 1977, along with recording engineer Paul Stark and St. Paul Pioneer Press sports writer Charley Hallman, Peter co-founded Twin/Tone Records. He primarily handled A&R and distribution. In 1980 he discovered and signed The Replacements, soon becoming their manager and going on to co-produce their first four albums. In 1983 he signed Soul Asylum to the label.

That same year, Peter became interim tour manager for his Athens, GA buddies, R.E.M. In the late 80s, he managed Toronto's 13 Engines and consulted on projects with A Single Love and Bad Thing. In 1991, Peter started Medium Cool Records (an imprint through Twin/Tone), doing 13 releases with artists like Slim Dunlap, Perfect (featuring Tommy Stinson), The Leatherwoods, The Dashboard Saviors, Jack Logan, Duane Jarvis, Ticks and Marlee MacLeod.

Peter indulged his life-long DJ obsession with stints at commercial radio station KRSI-KFMX in the Twin Cities ('74 - '75), underground rock club The Longhorn ('77 - '81) and back to radio at Rev 105 with his weekly program, Shakin' Street ('94 - '97).

In 1995, Peter moved to Los Angeles to work his Medium Cool projects through a west coast company that had licensed several back catalog titles from Twin/Tone. In 1999, he was invited to join start-up indie label, New West Records. He joined the label in September of that year, acting as VP A&R / Production through the fall of 2011 when he became VP Production / Catalog. Peter left New West in April of 2016 and is currently freelance.

After nineteen years, Peter is still deliriously happily married. His wife, Jennifer, works with Qwire.com, a series of software tools that unifies people who work in the business of of putting music to picture (movies, TV shows, commercials, etc.). She also runs her own music clearance company, Clear From Here. They currently live in North Hollywood, CA with their son, Autry, and three cats.

You can e-mail him at peterjesperson11@gmail.com


Peter's "Best of" Lists       2016     2015     2014     2013     2012     2011    

2010     2009     2008     2007     2006     2005     2004     2003     2002     2001

2000     1999     1998     1997     1996     1995     1994

found in the archives...
1975     1977     1979a     1979b     1980     1981     1982a     1982b    


a somewhat complete discography of records Peter was involved in the making of and/or promotion of...

  • 1979
    • Big Hits of Mid-America Volume III
  • 1980
    • In Combo, The Suburbs
    • Courtesy, Curtiss A
  • 1981
    • Sorry Ma Forgot To Take Out The Trash, The Replacements
    • Credit in Heaven, The Suburbs
  • 1982
    • The Replacements Stink (EP)
    • Dream Hog, The Suburbs (EP)
  • 1983
    • Hootenanny, The Replacements
  • 1984
    • Let It Be, The Replacements
  • 1985
    • The Shit Hits the Fans, The Replacements
    • Tim, The Replacements
  • 1990
    • Blur to Me Now, 13 Engines
  • 1992
    • Topeka Oratorio, The Leatherwoods
    • Kitty, The Dashboard Saviors
    • Ladies and Gentlemen the Suburbs Have Left the Building, The Suburbs
  • 1993
    • sun shinin on your rain, Ticks
    • The Old New Me, Slim Dunlap
    • Drive Too Fast, Marlee MacLeod
    • Spinnin' On Down, The Dashboard Saviors
  • 1994
    • DJ's Front Porch, Duane Jarvis
    • Bulk, Jack Logan
    • Viva! The Suburbs!, The Suburbs
  • 1995
    • Love, Sorrow, Hatred, Madness, The Dashboard Saviors
    • Favorite Ball and Chain, Marlee MacLeod
  • 1996
    • Mood Elevator, Jack Logan
    • When Squirrels Play Chicken (EP), Perfect (featuring Tommy Stinson)
    • Times Like This, Slim Dunlap
  • 1998
    • 7 Days A Week, Perfect (unreleased)
  • 1999
    • Buzz Me In, Jack Logan
  • 2000
    • Lunette - Jim Roll
    • Everything You Thought Was Right Was Wrong Today - Slobberbone
  • 2001
    • The Truth About Us - Tim Easton
    • Nothing Personal - Delbert McClinton
    • The Earth Rolls On - Billy Joe Shaver
    • No More Mr. Lucky - Randall Bramblett
  • 2002
    • Hooray For The Moon - Jon Dee Graham
    • Holiday In Dirt - Stan Ridgway
    • Spirit World - Stephen Bruton
    • Music For Courage & Confidence - Mark Eitzel
    • Now Again - The Flatlanders
    • No Other Love - Chuck Prophet
    • Slippage - Slobberbone
    • Room To Breathe - Delbert McClinton
  • 2003
    • Break Your Mother's Heart - Tim Easton
    • Silver Lake - Vic Chesnutt
    • Beneath This Gruff Exterior - John Hiatt
    • Decoration Day - Drive-By Truckers
    • Live - Delbert McClinton
  • 2004
    • Wheels Of Fortune - The Flatlanders
    • Thin Places - Randall Bramblett
    • Killers And Stars - Patterson Hood
    • Old 97's - Drag It Up
    • Village Gorilla Head - Tommy Stinson
    • The Dirty South - Drive-By Truckers
    • Age Of Miracles - Chuck Prophet
    • Once, Twice, Three Times A Maybe - Perfect
    • Universal United House Of Prayer - Buddy Miller
  • 2005
    • Gangstabilly & Pizza Deliverance (reissues) - Drive-By Truckers
    • Old 97's Live (DVD)
    • Awake Is The New Sleep - Ben Lee
    • Exploration - Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion
    • Greatest White Liar - Nic Armstrong & The Thieves
    • Ghetto Bells - Vic Chesnutt
    • Live At The 40 Watt (DVD) - Drive-By Truckers
    • Master Of Disaster - John Hiatt
    • From The Five - Stephen Bruton
    • Dirty Diamonds - Alice Cooper
    • Cost Of Living - Delbert McClinton
    • Alive And Wired - Old 97's
  • 2006
    • This Old Road - Kris Kristofferson
    • A Blessing And A Curse - Drive-By Truckers
    • Ammunition - Tim Easton
    • Rich Someday - Randall Bramblett
    • Jubilee Dive - The Drams
    • If We Can't Escape My Pretty - IV Thieves
  • 2007
    • Black Snake Moan (Motion Picture Soundtrack)
    • Sermon On Expedition Boulevard - Rickie Lee Jones
    • Preludes - Warren Zevon
    • Sirens Of The Ditch - Jason Isbell
    • Ripe - Ben Lee
    • Washington Square Serenade - Steve Earle
    • Dwight Sings Buck - Dwight Yoakam
  • 2008
    • Brighter Than Creation's Dark - Drive-By Truckers
    • Working Man's Café - Ray Davies
    • Live At Twist & Shout - Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
    • Insides Out - Jordan Zevon
    • Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash (expanded reissue) - The Replacements
    • Stink (expanded reissue) - The Replacements
    • Hootenanny (expanded reissue) - The Replacements
    • Let It Be (expanded reissue) - The Replacements
    • Blame It On Gravity - Old 97's
    • Same Old Man - John Hiatt
    • A Love Extreme - Benji Hughes
    • Now It's Tomorrow - Randall Bramblett
    • The Imus Ranch Record - Various Artists
    • Tim (expanded reissue) - The Replacements
    • Pleased To Meet Me (expanded reissue) - The Replacements
    • Don't Tell A Soul (expanded reissue) - The Replacements
    • All Shook Down (expanded reissue) - The Replacements
  • 2009
    • Ready For The Flood - Mark Olson & Gary Louris
    • Written In Chalk - Buddy & Julie Miller
    • Hills And Valleys - The Flatlanders
    • The Rebirth Of Venus - Ben Lee
    • Porcupine - Tim Easton
    • Townes - Steve Earle
    • Man Overboard - Ian Hunter
    • Acquired Taste - Delbert McClinton
    • The Best Is Yet To Come: Songs of Cy Coleman - Various Artists
    • Closer To The Bone - Kris Kristofferson
    • Losin' Lately Gambler - Corb Lund
  • 2010
    • Crazy Heart - Motion Picture Soundtrack
    • The Open Road - John Hiatt
    • Mimeograph (EP) - Old 97's
    • The Grand Theatre - Old 97's
    • TV EP (digital only) - Ben Lee
    • The Imus Ranch Record II - various artists
    • Austin City Limits (Live DVD) - R.E.M.
    • Austin City Limits (Live DVD) - Eric Johnson
  • 2011
    • Moonlight Revival - Ponderosa
    • skin collision past - Wild Moccasins
    • The Majestic Silver Strings - self titled - (Buddy Miller, Bill Frisell, Marc Ribot, Greg Leisz & friends)
    • The New West Record Store Day Sampler 2011 - various artists
    • I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive - Steve Earle
    • Photographs - Robert Ellis
    • The Grand Theatre Vol. 2 - Old 97's
    • Union Songs (EP)- Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman
    • Dirty Jeans And Mudslide Hymns - John Hiatt
    • Ugly Buildings, Whores & Politicians - Greatest Hits - 1998 - 2009 - Drive-By Truckers
    • World Wide Rebel Songs - Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman
  • 2012
    • One Man Revolution (reissue) - Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman
    • The Fabled City (reissue) - Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman
    • Crossing Muddy Waters (reissue) - John Hiatt
    • The Tiki Bar Is Open (reissue) - John Hiatt
    • Nothing Here Seems Strange - Buxton
    • Live From Austin TX - Susan Tedeschi
    • Live From Austin TX - Willie Nelson
    • Live From Austin TX - Johnny Cash
    • New West Records On Air At World Cafe (Record Store Day 2012 compilation) - Various Artists
    • Live From Austin TX - Roy Buchanan
    • Live From Austin TX - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
    • Live From Austin TX - Albert Collins
    • Live From Austin TX - Billy Joe Shaver
    • Birds Fly South - The Mastersons
    • Live From Austin TX - Richard Thompson
    • Live From Austin TX - Robert Earl Keen
    • Live From Austin TX - Texas Tornados
    • Live From Austin TX - Waylon Jennings
    • Ukred - Kalen Nash
    • Pool Party - Ponderosa
    • Drag It Up (Deluxe Reissue) - Old 97's
    • Grand Theatre Vol. 1 (vinyl edition) - Old 97's
    • Grand Theatre Vol. 2 (vinyl edition) - Old 97's
    • Mimeograph EP (vinyl edition) - Old 97's
    • Cabin Fever - Corb Lund
    • Hiding, Mingling - White Violet
    • Self titled - Grandfather Child
    • The Odessa Tapes - The Flatlanders
    • Enjoy The Company - The Whigs
    • Mystic Pinball - John Hiatt
    • I Am The Man You Know I'm Not - Ronnie Fauss
    • Let Down - Lilly Hiatt And The Dropped Ponies
    • Buddy & Jim - Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale
  • 2013
    • Rule The World - Max Gomez
    • Come Cry With Me - Daniel Romano
    • Before The Revolution - The Best Of 1998 - 2011 - Tim Easton
    • Electric - Richard Thompson
    • EP - Songs For Slim - The Replacements (Songs For Slim Series)
    • 45 rpm - Times Like This - Steve Earle b/w Isn't It - Craig Finn (Songs For Slim Series)
    • 45 rpm - Partners In Crime - Lucinda Williams b/w Nowheres Near - Tommy Keene (Songs For Slim Series)
    • Live From Austin TX - Merle Haggard
    • Live From Austin TX - Kris Kristofferson
    • Live From Austin TX - Fats Domino
    • Live From Austin TX - Jerry Lee Lewis
    • The Low Highway - Steve Earle & The Dukes (& Duchesses)
    • 45 rpm - Rockin' Here Tonight - The Minus 5 feat. Curtiss A b/w Cozy - Tim O'Reagan & Jim Boquist (Songs For Slim Series)
    • American Kid - Patty Griffin
    • The Bright Spots - Randall Bramblett
    • 45 rpm - Ain't No Fair (In A Rock 'N' Roll Love Affair) - Jakob Dylan b/w Taken On The Chin - Joe Henry (Songs For Slim Series)
    • The Best Of - Shaver
    • Blind, Crippled & Crazy - Delbert & Glen
    • 45 RPM - Just For The Hell Of It - John Doe b/w From The Git Go - Deer Tick (Songs For Slim series)
    • 45 RPM - The King And Queen - Frank Black & The Suicide Commandos b/w You Am I - Ain't Exactly Good (Songs For Slim series)
    • 45 RPM - Hate This Town - Patterson Hood & The Downtown Rumblers b/w Loud Loud Loud Loud Guitars - The Young Fresh Fellows (Songs For Slim series)
    • Stay Reckless - Austin Lucas
    • 45 RPM - Ballad Of The Opening Band - Jeff Tweedy b/w From The Git Go - Lucero (Songs For Slim series)
    • Medallius - Yip Deceiver
    • 21st Century Hits - Best Of 2000 - 2012 - Dwight Yoakam
    • I Am A Stranger Here - The Devil Makes Three
    • Shaver's Jewels - The Best Of Shaver - Shaver
    • The Coincidentalist - Howe Gelb
    • Rockin' Here Tonight - A Benefit Compilation For Slim Dunlap - Various Artists
    • Here To Stay: Best Of 2000 - 2012 - John Hiatt
  • 2014
      88 92 - Wild Moccasins
    • Any Old Love - Halfway (+1 Records - Brisbane, Australia)
    • The Lights From The Chemical Plant - Robert Ellis
    • Sunswimmer - New Madrid
    • The Happiest Man In The World - Hamell On Trial
    • New As Dew - Ruby The Rabbitfoot
    • Rock 'n Roll Blues - Luther Dickinson
    • Tarpaper Sky - Rodney Crowell
    • Townes - The Basics - Steve Earle (Limited Edition Vinyl - Record Store Day)
    • Amelita - Court Yard Hounds (Limited Edition Vinyl - Record Store Day)
    • Modern Creation - The Whigs
    • All Or Nothin' - Nikki Lane
    • Counterfeit Blues - Corb Lund
    • Good Luck Charm - The Mastersons
    • Unrevenged - Floating Action (12-inch 45)
    • Terms Of My Surrender - John Hiatt
    • Any Way, Shape Or Form - Ben Miller Band
    • Body Question - Floating Action
    • The Shipwreck From The Shore - Anthony D'Amato
    • Crocodile - Young Rebel Set
    • Stay Lost - White Violet
    • An Americana Christmas - various artists
    • Lonely In A Crowded Room - Pegi Young & The Survivors
    • Built To Break - Ronnie Fauss
    • Killers & Stars - Patterson Hood (vinyl edition)
  • 2015
    • Terraplane - Steve Earle & The Dukes
    • Royal Blue - Lilly Hiatt
    • Half A Native - Buxton
    • The Old New Me / Times Like This - Slim Dunlap (double vinyl edition)
    • Terraplane Blues - Steve Earle / Robert Johnson Blues (10-inch vinyl)
    • Dawn Teeth Rattling (12-inch EP) - New Madrid
    • Heartbreak Pass - Giant Sand
    • The Deslondes - self titled
    • If I've Only One Time Askin' - Daniel Romano
    • The Whistles & The Bells - self titled
    • Jason James - self titled
    • So There - Ben Folds
    • Devil Music - Randall Bramblett
    • Mighty Long Time - James Cotton (reissue)
    • Live At Antone's Nightclub - James Cotton (reissue)
    • Pinetop's Boogie Woogie - Pinetop Perkins (reissue)
    • Live At Antone's Vol. 1 - Pinetop Perkins (reissue)
    • Things That Can't be Undone - Corb Lund
    • YPD - Yip Deceiver (CD-EP)
    • Cicada Rhythm - self titled
    • Dying Surfer Meets His Maker - All Them Witches -
  • 2016
    • Lightning At The Door - All Them Witches (reissue of 1st album)
    • Cayamo Sessions At Sea - Buddy Miller & Friends
    • Blues & Ballads - A Folksinger's Songbook: Volumes I & II - Luther Dickinson
    • Lily & Madeleine - Keep It Together
    • Slobberbone - Bees And Seas: The Best Of Slobberbone
    • Awake Is The New Sleep - Ben Lee - 10th Anniversary Deluxe Reissue (vinyl & digital only for Record Store Day)
    • Gravity - Alejandro Escovedo (vinyl only for Record Store Day)
    • Thirteen Years - Alejandro Escovedo (vinyl only for Record Store Day)
    • New Madrid - magnetkingmagnetqueen
    • Kacy & Clayton - Strange Country
    • Daniel Romano - Mosey
    • Robert Ellis - Robert Ellis
    • The Deslondes - Tres Grand Serpent / What Are They Doing In Heaven Today? (7-inch 45)
    • Dwight Yoakam - Population Me (reissue on New West)
    • Dwight Yoakam - Dwight's Used Records (reissue on New West)
    • Anthony D'Amato - Cold Snap
    • Sara Watkins - Young In All The Wrong Ways
    • Ruby The Rabbitfoot - Divorce Party
    • The Devil Makes Three - Redemption & Ruin


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