It started back in 2009 after a Taj Mahal concert. Just yards from the historic Katy Train Station in Columbia, Missouri, the roots legend played "She Caught the Katy", an Americana song about a wayward woman catching the Katy Train.
Matt Marshall, a young computer programmer, musician and fan of roots music and American culture, began researching the blues and discovered there wasn’t a modern online resource for dyed-in-the-wool roots music fans and musicians.
Originally a college project, Matt created and wrote Bluescentric.com, the shop for musicians and fans passionate about blues, roots, rock, soul and folk. The goal was to give musicians and classic roots, rock n roll, blues and soul music lovers quality t-shirts and music merch that honestly expressed their love. The response was amazing.
Since then, the shop became a full-scale facility in our fifth year! With our production and fulfilment office and a small but passionate music-oriented staff, we’ve grown to serve tens of thousands of customers in over 60 countries, and we maintain a continuously expanding selection of original music merchandise! Customers can now find lots of fun products, and tees up to 5XL (in black), women's styles, hoodies and other cold weather apparel!
Every sale from our Officially Licensed merch goes directly to the estate. In 2015, we began manufacturing officially licensed artist merchandise. Our growing roster of musicians include Howlin’ Wolf, Bo Diddley, Johnny Winter, Junior Wells, The Memphis Horns, Johnny Shines, and more.
Bluescentric only enters into license agreements directly with music legend’s estates; working together to create fun merch that true fans will love. This also ensures we never carry 3rd party bootleg stock and that all royalties paid go directly to the estate. Don’t hesitate to tell us what else you’d like to see in our shop!
Every order is made with personal care. Our own staff processes your order by hand, and we carefully pack and ship worldwide from our full-service Missouri apparel print shop! We’re available by phone and email, so when you need something, you can talk directly with real people who care.
Come check us out! We run a responsible shop: our exclusive designs are created by our music loving art staff. Royalties for officially licensed merch are paid directly to the artist’s estates. 95% of all paper used is recycled, and all paper in is at least 35% recycled. We create and/or stock quality music merch, almost all made in the U.S., and packages ship quickly.
Our goal is to draw inspiration from the unique experience of live music and the culture around it. Whether it’s a needle dropping into a dusty groove, a Louisiana second line, a delta juke joint, a packed Vic crowd in Chicago, or your back porch... from the exclusive designs and famous hand-written thank you notes to our limited-edition "Small Batch" hand-numbered products.
Come share the music with us!