Friday, May 31, 2013
– Nashville has a new record label. Red River Entertainment launched its Nashville division this week and will release WSM "Live From the Archives" CDs.
Releases will include "Dos Divas" from Grits & Glamour, featuring Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan and Michael Martin Murphey's "Red River Drifter." The new label will be distributed by RED, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.
"It's fantastic to be reunited with co-founder Bob Frank and to be working with the Red River Entertainment team in New York and Sony RED," said Chuck Rhodes, who worked with Frank at Koch Entertainment. "I am overwhelmed by the legendary artists and projects that have chosen to grace our roster here in Nashville and look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with them."
For the first time in its 87-year history, 650 AM WSM is releasing a compilation volume of live, in-station. This first 16-track release, titled "Live From the Archives of 650 AM WSM - Volume One," will be available on cd, digitally, and as a limited vinyl release. This first volume features an introduction from Vince Gill and rolls into live performances
The collaboration between Tillis and Morgan, who bill themselves as Grits & Glamour, includes a combination of 14 solos and duets, ranging from the fun debut single I Know What You Did to I Am Woman. The album will hit stores July 23.
Murphey's "Red River Drifter" drops July 9, 2013.
"We at Sony/RED Nashville are very proud to welcome Red River/764 Records into our family," said Dewayne Brown, RED's Southeast Regional Dir. of Artist & Label Development. "The Country Music community continues to excel based on great music, amazing talent, and hard work. With this in mind, Bob Frank and Chuck Rhodes have always set their bar higher and each time exceeding those lofty goals. We are so blessed and excited that they have chosen us as their partner in continued growth and success."
Negotiations are under way for several projects, which will be announced in the coming weeks.
Red River Entertainment is a division of Bob Frank Entertainment. The company was formed in 2012, and the label group includes Soul Temple, which has had recent chart success in the Urban genre, Blue Hat, a partnership with Charlie Daniels and manager David Corlew, and Red River Entertainment as well as Bottom Line Records and another Nashville imprint, 764 Records. Red River's parent label in New York boasts multi-genre acts that include alt-rockers Hawthorne Heights and the soundtrack from the motion picture "The Man With The Iron Fists."
Frank was P\president of Koch Entertainment for 10 years. Prior to Koch, he was General Manager of the Mercury Nashville label.
Rhodes' career has ranged from a studio session player in Los Angeles to programming one KVIL radio in Dallas-Ft. Worth. He also worked in Nashville at MCA Records, Giant Records, Magnatone Records and developing and launching independent country label Audium/Koch Records/eOne Nashville.