Monday, February 17, 2020
– Audium Records is back.
Bob Frank, CEO and founder of BFE (Bob Frank Entertainment), is relaunching Audium in Nashville. The revived imprint will now operate under the name Audium Nashville, a music distribution brand of BFD (Bob Frank Distribution).
Audium Nashville's flagship artists include Collin Raye, Jamie O'Neal and country duo Smith & Wesley.
"We are looking forward to our continued growth in Nashville with the relaunch of the Audium trademark and a continued partnership with The Orchard" said Frank.
Chuck Rhodes will continue to act as the General Manager for BFE, including Audium Nashville.
"Twenty years ago, Bob and I created the Audium imprint along with our mentor and friend Nick Hunter," said Rhodes. "In memory of Nick, we have had the opportunity to relaunch the imprint as Audium Nashville, and we hope every time someone sees the name or logo, they will attribute it to one of the greatest pioneers in the music business."
The news will be celebrated with an artist showcase during CRS (Country Radio Seminar) in Nashville with Raye, O'Neal and Smith & Wesley, on Feb. 19
Raye, O'Neal and Smith & Wesley all have new projects coming later this year through Audium Nashville, via The Orchard.
Additional Audium Nashville label deals will be announced in the coming months.
Audium, defunct since 2006, was originally launched in 2000 through a distribution deal with Koch Entertainment and later eOne. Artists on the label included Dwight Yoakam, Loretta Lynn, Dwight Yoakam and The Tractors.
Throughout the years, BFD has partnered with many artists for distribution services. Recent projects include Darryl Worley, Ty Herndon, Mark Collie, Lee Roy Parnell, Crystal Gayle, Bobby Bare and BlackHawk. BFD is also a longtime partner with Charlie Daniels' and David Corlew's Blue Hat Records.