Longtime music business executive Kim Buie has joined Thirty Tigers, heading up the company’s A&R department and taking on artist management duties. Buie spent the last seven-plus years handling A&R for UMG Nashville’s Lost Highway.
At Thirty Tigers, Buie brings with her management client Jessie Baylin, who is set to release new album Little Spark on Jan. 17, 2012.
“It’s an honor to have Kim joining our team. She’s the perfect fit, bringing both immense business acumen and great creative sensibilities,” says David Macias, President of Thirty Tigers.
“Leaving Lost Highway was one of the hardest decisions of my career,” explains Buie, “but as our industry changes, it became time for me to be part of that change. Joining Thirty Tigers is enabling me to do what I love—to work closely with the art. It also allows me to work with artists in a different way, by empowering them to build and control the lion share of their business, and that excites me.” Buie notes she has enjoyed working under Luke Lewis at Lost Highway, Jimmy Bowen at MCA and Liberty, and Chris Blackwell at both Island and Palm Pictures.
Over her extensive A&R career, Buie has worked with artists including Lucinda Williams, Ryan Bingham, William Burroughs, Elvis Costello, Willie Nelson, Michael Franti, Etta James, and T Bone Burnette.
Thirty Tigers is a 10-year-old company that provides project management for clients, as well as publicity services, radio promotion, new media marketing services, financial modeling and distribution through their exclusive deal with Sony’s independent distribution and marketing arm, RED. Thirty Tigers clients have included The Avett Brothers, Those Darlins, James McMurtry, Drive-By Truckers, Elizabeth Cook, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Billy Joe Shaver, North Mississippi All Stars, and Kathy Mattea.
Kim Buie can be contacted at 615-664-1167 or [email protected].