Country music’s most prolific Renaissance man is at it again.
Zac Brown has been using the Southern Ground Records moniker for a couple of years, and today announced the label’s official launch.
Southern Ground Artists, Inc. is home to Sonia Leigh, The Wood Brothers, Blackberry Smoke, Levi Lowrey and Nic Cowan. It is being distributed by RED.
The label previously released a compilation album including tracks from ZBB, and Southern Ground Artists as part of the “Letters for Lyrics” campaign. Fans who wrote letters to American service members received the free disc.
Brown’s label is dedicated to shining a spotlight on some of Georgia’s brightest rising stars. “I’d like to think there’s a movement coming out of Atlanta that’s like [Memphis-based soul label] Stax was, back in the ’60s,” he told The Tennessean. “The Wood Brothers are one of the best live bands you’ll ever see, and we just got Sonia Leigh’s record finished, and I’m super proud of it. There’s Blackberry Smoke coming onboard, and Nic Cowan and Levi Lowrey, and all the people that love our music will love their music, too, I feel confident.”
“My Name is Money,” the lead single from Sonia Leigh’s debut effort is headed to country radio soon. It is from her album 1978 December, due out in September.
The Wood Brothers will release Smoke Ring Halo on August 2 and are taking the lead single “Shoofly Pie” to AAA stations.
Country and Southern Rock quintet Blackberry Smoke are performing 20 + dates with Zac Brown Band this summer and will also begin work on a new album.
Set for release this summer are albums by Levi Lowrey, co-writer of ZBB’s No. 1 hit “Colder Weather,” and pop songsmith Nic Cowan. Hear select tracks at SouthernGroundArtists.com.
Starting a record label is the latest development in Brown’s ever expanding enterprise.