Pub Can Records


Elegies & Laments
Ernest Hilbert
PC009 - released 2013

VINYL - $25
CD - $10
DDL - $5ernesthilbert.html


Topography of a Bird
Mark Rice
PC008 - released 2009

CD - $10
DDL - $10markrice.html

Pub Can Records is the companion record label to Widget Studios, a sound recording and multi-media production company based near Philadelphia, PA.  The label began in 2005 with singer-songwriter Mark Rice’s EP release, entitled Be With You Tonight.  In 2009, Pub Can released Mark Rice’s debut full-length album, entitled “Topography of a Bird”, to critical acclaim.  In 2013, Pub Can released Ernest Hilbert’s genre-defying, debut, experimental, spoken word album.  2014 will bring a level of prolificacy to the label as plans are in the works to release 3 albums with 3 different artists.



What’s a Pub Can?

Development began in 1969 by the Guinness Brewing Company to find a convenient way for customers to enjoy English draft-style ale in the comfort of their home.  The result is a 16oz. can with a round plastic widget floating inside (depicted in our logo). Commonly referred to as a pub can, the “widget can’s” invention represents to the brewing world what the paperback did for the literary world... and thus it has inspired us.




On Tuesday, April 16, 2013, Ernest Hilbert appeared on the NPR program, Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane.  He read from his new book, All of You on the Good Earth, and they discussed and listened to excerpts from his new spoken word album, Elegies & Laments, produced by our very own Dave Young and Marc Hildenberger and released on Pub Can Records (see below for more info). In the Philadelphia area, the program aired on WHYY 90.9 FM. You can listen to the interview in it’s entirety right here.

On Wednesday, September 18th, 2013, Ernest Hilbert and producer Dave Young discussed the record Elegies & Laments on a radio show called The Blend with Keith Kelleher on WDIY, 88.1 in the Lehigh Valley.  Keith dug deep into the music, creation and production that went into making the record and played 2 excerpts from the album.  Listen to this interview in it’s entirety by clicking the link below.



The Keystone Swingbillies
PC011 - Expected to release June, 2014

CD - $10
DDL - (expected late 2014)keystoneswingbillies.html
The Keystone Swingbillies burst onto the scene with their debut, self-titled, album which began it’s conception as a demo, simply to offer to promoters.  But these six recordings turned out so good, as natural and untouched as they are, they simply had to be shared with the world.

You may go your entire life and never hear a band like the Keystone Swingbillies.  They churn out an electrifyingly high energy, swinging version of old time country music that is quite rare in today’s modern listening world.  The four musicians and friends get their unique flavor from the nearly seven years they spent together touring with a Johnny Cash and June Carter tribute show where they came across many of these songs and the artists who popularized them.  The appreciation they acquired for early twentieth century americana roots music, they bring to this group with a modern zeal to share with people and sustain it for generations to come.

The 6-song limited edition collectable CD is expected to ship in mid to late June 2014.  Click here to hear the album and to place an order for your copy today.

You may like this band if you like - Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell, Tex Williams, Kitty Wells, Maddox Brothers and Rose, The Carter Family, June Carter, Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys.