Cook’n Up Music Publishing signed a worldwide publishing and administrative agreement with songwriter, Simone Simonton. Simonton’s songwriting successes include Sugarland cuts “Baby Girl,” “Down in Mississippi,” “Speed of Life” and “Fly Away.” Simonton’s talent as a drummer/percussionist has also earned her album credits on Indigo Girls/Rites of Passage, Rarities, Retrospective: The Best of the Indigo Girls, Live: Back on the Bus, Y’all from the Indigo Girls.
CEO, Heather Cook says, “We’re excited to have Simone on the team! She brings an edge with her experience of five years as the drummer and primary songwriter for South 70 (Red Light Management), opening for Miranda Lambert, Gretchen Wilson, Chris Young, Styx and others.”
The Orchard recently announced the signing of the quartet Lonestar. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the band is uniting once again with their original lead vocalist, Richie McDonald, on their upcoming album release.
“Lonestar and The Orchard’s relationship reflects the synergy that is the new model for what bands are doing now and in the future,” says Lonestar’s manager, Corey Wagner. “The band is able to pick all of its partners—management, agent, distribution, promotion—to properly promote and share their new music and intense touring plans.”
“Twenty years ago, when I put this little band together to play in some bars and make a little money, I dreamed it pretty good but I never dreamed it quite this good,” says keyboard player and songwriter Dean Sams.
Lonestar is set to release its new album this fall through The Orchard. The first single “The Countdown” is currently available. Check their website www.lonestarnow.com for band updates.
Buddy Lee Attractions (BLA) has announced the addition of duo The Devious Angels to its roster. The duo, consisting of Jon Decious and Steevie Steeves, have been in the studio working on its debut album with producers Chad Jeffers and RJ Stillwell; Stillwell also manages the act.
“We are very excited about the opportunity to represent The Devious Angels and to be part of their team,” shared Kevin Neal, President of BLA. “Their songwriting and live performance is undeniable.”
The Devious Angels will perform on Tuesday, August 7 beginning at 7 p.m. at Mercy Lounge as part of The Billy Block Show. For more information, please visit www.thedeviousangels.com and www.buddyleeattractions.com.
The Bobby Roberts Company recently signed John Anderson for exclusive booking representation.