Steve Buckingham Exits Welk Music Group

steve-buckingham-05Steve Buckingham, Senior Vice President of A & R for Vanguard Records and The Welk Music Group, is leaving the company after eleven years. With Buckingham’s departure, Vanguard Records will shift A&R responsibilities for the label to the company’s Santa Monica Headquarters. While at Vanguard and sister label Sugar Hill, Buckingham signed, and in some cases produced, artists including Levon Helm, Dolly Parton, John Hiatt, Mindy Smith, Linda Ronstadt, Joan Osborne, Shawn Mullins and George Jones’ imprint, Bandit Records. Before moving to Vanguard/Welk Music, Buckingham was VP of A & R and a producer for Columbia Records/Sony Music for ten years.

“Those of us who have been in the music business for many years know that when ‘someone is exiting a label to pursue other opportunities,’ it usually has other meanings,” Buckingham said. “The simple truth is that my position was eliminated. Despite this outcome, I am grateful to Larry and Kevin Welk for the opportunities they gave to me.”

Buckingham can be reached by email at [email protected]

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