A&R executive Kim Buie has been appointed VP of A&R for New West Records. Buie joins New West from artist management and distribution company Thirty Tigers, where she was head of A&R. Prior to her work with Thirty Tigers, Buie ran Lost Highway’s A&R department under Luke Lewis for nearly eight years. Buie will be based at New West’s newly opened Nashville office where she will work alongside president John Allen.
“Kim brings a wealth of wisdom and expertise to our team that she has amassed throughout her storied career working with tremendous artists and legendary A&R executives,” said Allen. “We are lucky to have her lead our A&R department.”
“I’m absolutely thrilled to be working with John Allen, whom I’ve known for many years and greatly admire, and likewise look forward to working with the entire New West team,” said Buie. “I truly value that it’s an artist driven company with an impressive history and catalog and I look forward to contributing to this great label and roster and pushing the envelope.”
Throughout her more than 30-year career, Buie has worked for both major and independent labels and learned the art of A&R alongside record label visionaries Jimmy Bowen, Chris Blackwell and Lewis. Her resume of artists that she has signed or work with includes Elvis Costello, Willie Nelson, Etta James, Tom Waits, Lucinda Williams, Richard Thompson, Hayes Carll, Ryan Bingham, T Bone Burnett, Allen Ginsburg, William S. Burroughs, Mazzy Star, Drivin’ N Cryin’, Michael Franti, Butthole Surfers, Mary Gauthier, Robert Earl Keen, Lyle Lovett, Freestyle Fellowship, Nortec Collective, and more.
In addition to A&R, Buie also manages Jessie Baylin and co-manages instrumental band Steelism.
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