Briggs Exits New West Records

Gary BriggsIndustry veteran Gary Briggs has exited New West Records, where he was Sr. Vice President of A&R and Artist Relations, to pursue new ventures. During his 10 years at the label, Briggs was responsible for signing and developing new talent including Nikki Lane and Max Gomez, while also advising established artists including John Hiatt, Steve Earle, Buddy Miller, Patty Griffin and Dwight Yoakam.

Before being promoted to the A&R/Artist Relations position, Briggs oversaw all AAA radio promotion campaigns for New West in addition to producing their Live From Austin, TX CD and DVD Line in conjunction with PBS and Austin City Limits. He is based in Austin.

Prior to New West Records, Briggs was Owner/President of Beyond Rust Management representing Lucinda Williams, M Ward and Beth Orton in partnership with Azoff Music Management. Briggs also previously served as President of Vapor Records, a label founded by Neil Young and his managers, Elliot Roberts and Frank Gironda. Additionally, he held the title of VP of Artist Relations/Creative Marketing at Warner Bros. Records, where he worked on projects involving Wilco, Chris Isaak, Eric Clapton, Don Henley, Mark Knopfler and Neil Young.

Briggs can now be reached at [email protected]


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