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New label forms in Nashville

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 – The IRS is coming to Nashville in the form of a record company.

Industry veteran John Grady announced the formation of I.R.S. Nashville, a record label, that has one new band on the label (Striking Matches) and will also release the last recording of the late Cowboy Jack Clement, who died in August.

The label is a joint venture of Universal Music and Crush Management Nashville, which Grady co-owns.

The new label is related to I.R.S. Records, the alt-rock band and home to such bands as The Police, R.E.M. and The Go Go's. Universal revived I.R.S. in 2012.

Grady told The Tennessean that the idea for the label came from Capitol Music Group Chairman and CEO Steve Barnett. "They want a chance to work with those bands, so their records don't escape Nashville - so these records don't have to go out of town to be released," Grady told the paper.

"I'm looking for new artists every day," Grady said. "That's predominantly what it will be. There's room in it for records, if the right record comes along and we find a joint interest like this Cowboy Jack record, to me that's perfect."

Clement recorded a disc with T Bone Burnett and David Ferguson last year, Grady said. The music may come out early in 2014.

Grady helped forge the careers of Gretchen Wilson and Miranda Lambert.

Striking Matches is former Belmont University students Sarah Zimmerman and Justin Davis, who have had songs on the TV show "Nashville."

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Guess Things Happen That Way
Although not in the same league vocally as past associates Johnny Cash, Charley Pride, Waylon Jennings and Don Williams, 73 year-old producer/songwriter Jack Clement one-ups most of them on the score of imaginative song selection and simple evocative production chops. Clement's vocals are sometimes craggy and pitchy, yet his melodic old-timey baritone often proves charming. This is especially true of the absurdly humorous polka-tinged "Drinking Carrot Juice" and scatting Dixieland of "Leavin' Is »»»
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: Carlile takes her chances on feeling "Blue" – During a rare moment sitting at the piano and appropriately dressed in blue, Brandi Carlile paraphrased a memorable Joni Mitchell quote. Basically, it went that, if you listen to Joni Mitchell music and only picture Mitchell - but not yourself - something is wrong. While Carlile, who performed Mitchell's "Blue" album in its entirety for... »»»
Concert Review: The Head and the Heart go beyond the nah nahs – "Nah nah," "la la" and "Wee oh" populated a number of songs from The Head and the Heart. Yes, the Seattle-based band does pen a good amount of sing-along songs that were clearly designed that way. And while that style can certainly engage and energize a crowd, there was more to that from the sextet.... »»»
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