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IRS Nashville folds

Monday, December 14, 2015 – IRS Nashville, the home of Striking Matches, folded on Friday, according to Country Aircheck.

The label was started by former Sony Nashville head John Grady in 2013 along with Caroline, the independent services division of Capitol Music Group. The label was not exclusively country.

Others on the label were Marc Scibilia, Muddy Magnolias and Ashley Clark. The late Cowboy Jack Clement was part of the initial roster. The label had some success with Striking Matches' debut CD "Nothing But the Silence," which came out March 23.

The Country Aircheck article said the artists would be reassigned within Capitol Music.

CD reviews for Striking Matches

Nothing But the Silence CD review - Nothing But the Silence
The concept of female/male country duos is not new exactly, but it's a rare breed these days. There's Thompson Square, and there was the far too short-lived The Civil Wars. And now Striking Matches are out with their debut full-length, which skews far closer to Joy Williams and John Paul White than the Thompsons. Striking Matches is Sarah Zimmerman and Justin Davis, who met as students at Belmont University in Nashville in 2007. They had a hand writing all 11 songs here, 3 of them on their own. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Rising Appalachia buck the mainsteam, and that's fine with them – Rising Appalachia would not be accused of being in the musical mainstream. Not too many bands who combine folk and Appalachian sounds with new world music could possibly be. And that suits the sister-led duo of Chloe Smith and Leah Song just fine. In fact, at one point, Chloe made it clear she did not embrace radio play as a sign of success... »»»
Concert Review: Bingham plays with something to prove – Ryan Bingham mainly focused on songs from his sixth album "American Love Song," for this lively show. Backed by a supportive band that also included two female backup singers and a fiddler, Bingham's eclectic setlist touched upon country, singer/songwriter folk, rock and blues. Bingham reached for lively country sounds early on, with... »»»
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