I.R.S. Nashville Signs Striking Matches

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• March 21, 2014

striking matches irs11111Nashville duo Striking Matches has joined the Capitol Records family by inking a deal with I.R.S. Nashville, helmed by music executive John Grady. As previously reported, the label also has plans for a posthumous project from 2013 CMHoF inductee Cowboy Jack Clement, produced by Dave Ferguson and T Bone Burnett.

Striking Matches is comprised of Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis. Zimmermann and Davis met while studying guitar at Nashville’s Belmont University. As freshmen students, they were randomly paired for an improvisational instrumental performance; they kept honing their sound as a duo long after the course was over.

They are perhaps best-known for penning “The Right One Comes Along” with Georgia Middleman, which was recorded by Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio for an episode of the television series Nashville. Since the success of that tune, Striking Matches made their Grand Ole Opry debut in December 2012 at the Ryman Auditorium and later opened for Hunter Hayes. They were also named one of CMT’s “Listen Up” artists.

“Dreams really do come true, y’all. Thank you to all of our fans, friends, family and team who have believed in us for so long…you mean the world!! Now we’re REALLY ready to make a record!!!!” the duo said via social media.



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