Industry Ink: ole, Average Joes Entertainment, CMT

ole Extends Deal With Canadian Country Artist Meghan Patrick

(L-R): Meghan Patrick with ole Founder and CEO, Robert Ott.

(L-R): Meghan Patrick with ole Founder and CEO Robert Ott.

ole has picked up its option on Canadian country music artist Meghan Patrick to extend its existing, worldwide co-publishing deal. Patrick first signed with ole in 2015, augmenting her previous deal with ole and ole co-venture partner Jackoby Music. Patrick is also a Warner Music Canada recording artist.

Patrick’s new album, Grace and Grit, was released April 29 in Canada.


Average Joes To Distribute The LACS’ Barn Burner Records Imprint

Racket County

Average Joes artists The LACS, have teamed with tourmates Hard Target to form the band Racket County. The band’s debut album, Welcome To Dodge City, will be distributed by Average Joes Entertainment under The LACS’ newly-formed Barn Burner Records imprint. The album releases Aug. 5 and features the single “Sunday.”

“We’re excited about announcing our new label, Barn Burner Records, and coming together with our good buddies, Hard Target, to form Racket County,” said Clay Sharpe of The LACS. “We are rocking it on the road and our fans are lovin’ the new music. It just seemed natural to go into the studio and continue the fun.”

“AJE is not only excited but extremely honored to continue to be a part of The LACS’ success story. The launch of Barn Burner Records and the Racket County debut release is a fantastic start,” commented Doug Kaye, Senior Vice President Sales/Business Affairs, Average Joes Entertainment.


CMT Documentary The Bandit To Premiere August 6

Pictured (L-R): Burt Reynolds, Hal Needham

Pictured (L-R): Burt Reynolds, Hal Needham

CMT documentary The Bandit will make its television debut on Saturday, Aug. 6 at 10 p.m. ET.

The Bandit is an original documentary about ’70s superstar Burt Reynolds, his best friend, roommate and stunt-double Hal Needham, and the making of their unlikely smash hit film, Smokey & The Bandit. It made its debut earlier this year at SXSW in Austin, Texas.

Featuring new interviews with Reynolds, rare archive material, including footage from Reynolds’ personal archive, as well as candid archival interviews with the late Hal Needham, the documentary tells a story about loyalty, friendship and creative risk.

The Bandit was directed and produced by Jesse Moss. Amanda McBaine produces for Mile End Films. Jayson Dinsmore, Lewis Bogach and John Miller-Monzon executive produce for CMT.


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