'ATO Records' (or 'According to Our Records') is an American independent record label based in New York City. The label was founded in 2000 by Dave Matthews and manager Coran Capshaw, and is run by Jon Salter. ATO’s roster includes Alabama Shakes, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Brandi Carlile, Joseph, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Benjamin Booker, Okkervil River, Blind Pilot, Old 97's, Drive-By Truckers, Primus, Margaret Glaspy, J Roddy Walston and the Business, and My Morning Jacket, among others. ATO is currently distributed in the USA by Caroline Distribution and by PIAS Group in Europe.
The first of ATO's successes was David Gray. In 2000, the label released his album White Ladder – which contained the hit single "Babylon" – through a joint venture with RCA Records. White Ladder was a critical and commercial success in the U.S., where it was certified Platinum for sales of one million units, and abroad. It earned Gray a GRAMMY nomination in the Best New Artist category in 2002.
Between 2001 and 2006, ATO's selective yet artist-friendly reputation would be further established with acclaimed albums by My Morning Jacket, Jem, Ben Kweller, Patty Griffin, Mike Doughty, Gov't Mule, and Gomez.
ATO dissolved its relationship with RCA Records in 2006, becoming fully independent. During this period, the label hired in-house marketing, radio, and sales personnel and began working more closely with its sister company, Red Light Management. Signings that followed included Rodrigo Y Gabriela, whose debut album sold over 475,000 units, Dawes, Lisa Hannigan, J. Roddy Walston and the Business, Drive-By Truckers, Primus, Old 97s, Caitlin Rose, Old Crow Medicine Show, and, in 2011, Alabama Shakes.
Released in April 2012, Alabama Shakes’ debut album, Boys & Girls, was named as one of the year’s best albums by many publications, including Rolling Stone and The New York Times. The band received three GRAMMY nominations including Best New Artist and Best Rock Performance. In addition, Boys & Girls was nominated for Best Recording Package. The album sold more than one million units in the U.S., achieving Platinum status.
Following its success with Alabama Shakes, ATO branched out into other genres, including indie-rock, singer-songwriter, punk, neo-soul and psychedelic-rock. Signings included Brandi Carlile, Benjamin Booker, Okkervil River, Joseph, Hurray For The Riff Raff, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Margaret Glaspy, Nick Hakim, Midlake, Blind Pilot, Rayland Baxter, and Allen Stone.
Old Crow Medicine Show won the GRAMMY for Best Folk Album in 2014 and Brandi Carlile’s The Firewatcher’s Daughter received a GRAMMY nomination in the Best Americana Album category the following year. In 2015, Alabama Shakes’ second album, Sound & Color, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. It earned the band three GRAMMY awards, including Best Alternative Music Album, and was certified Gold by the RIAA, selling over 500,000 units in the U.S. The rising sister trio Joseph hit No. 1 at AAA radio and No. 1 on Billboard's Adult Alternative Songs radio airplay chart with its single “White Flag" in October 2016. Their debut album I’m Alone, No You’re Not debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart, following performances on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Later...with Jools Holland” and NPR’s “Tiny Desk.” Later that year, Margaret Glaspy’s debut album Emotions and Math was recognized by several Year End lists, including Jon Pareles’ New York Times Best Albums of 2016.
ATO Records has won six A2IM Liberia Awards and has been nominated for a total of 14 over the past five years.
ATO Records also distributes releases by Phish, Jerry Garcia, and Ween.
In 2015 - 2016, the label celebrated its 15 year anniversary by reissuing classic releases such as Patty Griffin’s 1000 Kisses, My Morning Jacket’s Z and It Still Moves, and Rodrigo Y Gabriela’s self-titled debut.