Urbana, Illinois-based Parasol Records (and Parasol Label Group) was a natural outgrowth of Parasol Mail Order, which opened its mailbox in 1991 and was considered the premier US mail order for independent pop music for over a decade. Owner Geoff Merritt began Parasol Records by releasing his friends’ CDs and 7" singles. The majority of these artists played guitar-driven pop music as evidenced by releases from vanguard artists like Velvet Crush, Three Hour Tour, and Brian Leach. Since those early beginnings Parasol has been home to dozens of artists from all over the world. Guitar pop is alive and well at Parasol Records.

1900s, The

Adam Schmitt

Angie Heaton


Boot Camp

Cameron McGill & What Army

Cowboy & Spingirl

Doleful Lions


George Usher


Jack Logan & Bob Kimbell

Kevin Tihista

Like Young, The

Mark Bacino

Mas Rapido


Richard Lloyd

Ryan Groff

Steve Almaas & Ali Smith

The Outnumbered

The Rave

Three Hour Tour

Toothpaste 2000

Weird Summer


You & Yourn