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Former Compadre Records exec starts new label, signs James McMurtry

Monday, February 11, 2008 – A former member of the Compadre Records team started his own label with James McMurtry as the lone artist.

Logan Rogers, who worked at Compadre for five years with Brad Turcotte, started Lightning Rod Records. Billy Joe Shaver was the key artist at the Texas-centric Compadre label, which was bought by Matthew Knowles' music empire. Knowles is the father of Beyonce.

"I left Compadre last summer and (have) been kind of setting everything up and signing James last fall," Rogers said from Tennessee. "So, now we're getting everything ready for the release."

McMurtry's label debut is out in mid-April. "I'm really happy to work with James again," he said.

"He tours a lot, and he tours well everywhere, That's what I really like about him. That's the model I hope to use from here on."

Rogers said he was looking to sign another artist. "I may sign someone else this year, but I'm not looking to look release anything this year."

A key criteria for inking another artist would be finding "touring established acts like James," Rogers said.

"I've always wanted to do this," said Rogers. "I kind of had this in the back of my mind."

The timing was helped by Compadre because he was laid off in the purchase by Knowles. Rogers also previously worked at VHR Records, where Mark McGuinn had a hit single, "Mrs. Steven Rudy."

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