Rugged Records

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Rugged Records
Founded1994 (1994)
FounderMichael Betts
Defunct2001 (2001)
GenreHard rock, heavy metal, alternative rock, punk rock
Country of originUnited States
LocationNashville, Tennessee Logo.png Search Rugged Records on Amazon.

Rugged Records (also known as Patriot Records) was an independent record label whose releases were mostly in the hard rock and metal genres. Manufacturing and distribution in the United States was handled by CNI Distribution.


In 1994, a small independent label called Patriot Records released a compilation album called Premium Cuts that featured three brand new song from Barren Cross, Red Sea[1] (a new band by Robyn Kyle Basuri from Die Happy and Chris Howell from Fear Not), Neon Cross, and PK Mitchell[2] (a former Neon Cross guitar player). They quickly changed their name to Rugged Records and went on to release full length records from all of those artists, as well as albums by other established acts such as Bride and Ken Tamplin. They released two albums by Disciple, which produced a number of hit singles and GMA Dove Award nominations. The label closed in 2001.


  • Barren Cross
  • Bride
  • Andrew Carlton
  • Christiroxxe
  • Disciple
  • everybodyduck
  • Paul Falzone
  • Deborah Fatow
  • Microskapic
  • PK Mitchell
  • Nailed
  • Neon Cross
  • Red Sea
  • Reflescent Tide
  • Spark
  • Ken Tamplin
  • Dale Thompson
  • Wyrick

See also[edit]

  • List of record labels


  1. "No Life 'til Metal - CD Gallery - Red Sea". Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  2. "No Life 'til Metal - CD Gallery - P.K. Mitchell". Retrieved August 29, 2017.

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