Downtown Music Publishing Acquires Rights To Alabama’s “Dixieland Delight”

Downtown Music Publishing has added a classic hit to its catalog, having acquired 100 percent of the rights to “Dixieland Delight,” which was written by Ronnie Rogers and appeared in 1983 as the lead single from Alabama‘s The Closer You Get album.

The track has been covered by Tim McGraw and Old Crow Medicine Show, and has become a staple of football games around the Southeast.

“Modern music publishing is often equated with chasing the charts or signing a new artist,” said Andrew Sparkler, Downtown’s SVP Business Development. “While we’re extremely enthusiastic about our roster of active songwriters and the work of our global A&R team, we will always be humbled by the opportunity to represent iconic songs like “Dixieland Delight;” words and music that have stood the test of time and become such an integral part of the fabric of America’s diverse popular culture.”

Downtown’s Nashville office has been aggressively expanding its catalog in the past year, with the signing of John Prine, acquiring the catalogs of Major Bob Music and launching Songs Without Borders. In the past year, Downtown has had 11 singles on the country radio charts, including three No. 1 singles.


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