Kobalt Adds Jonathan Sherwood, Boy Named Banjo To Roster

Boy Named Banjo signing

Kobalt​ has signed Nashville-based country group Boy Named Banjo (BNB) and alt-singer/songwriter Jonathan Sherwood. The worldwide agreements continue Kobalt’s existing partnership with publishing company Little Louder and includes worldwide administration for all of BNB and Sherwood’s future works.

Jesse Willoughby, GM for Kobalt Nashville, said, “We’re excited to continue our relationship with Little Louder and their growth by the new additions of Jon, Will and Barton. Arturo and Eric continue to identify incredible talent and we’re grateful to help them grow their company to new heights.”

Nashville natives founded BNB in 2011, releasing their first album The Tanglewood Sessions at the age of 18. The group has since released its sophomore record, Long Story Short (2014), and an EP, Lost On Main (2015). BNB took the stage at Bonnaroo in 2015. BNB is currently touring heavily, selling out shows across the eastern half of the US and recently performed at Colorado’s Seven Peaks Fest in August. Next up is a new album slated for release in 2019.

Said President, Little Louder Music, Arturo Buenahora, “I had known the kids in Boy Named Banjo for over a year before we signed them. Barton and William and the guys have been a touring band since their high school days and throughout college building a small but loyal fan base throughout the Southeast. The response to the music has been beyond anything we could have hoped for.”

Added Senior Creative Director, Kobalt Music, Laura Alexander, “The guys from Boy Named Banjo truly bring something different to our music community. We are fired up to see their story unfold going forward and are very thankful to have them join the Little Louder/Kobalt family!”

Jonathan Sherwood signing

California native Sherwood moved to Nashville five years ago after dropping out of college, and is now working with country up-and-comers: Seth Ennis, Brandon Ratcliff, and BNB.

Sherwood commented, “Little Louder and Kobalt hold the kind of reputation I want to be known for, so I am thankful they brought me into the family. We have great music in the works that I am eager and proud to put into the world.”

Buenahora said, “Laura Alexander sent me some of Sherwood’s music and I was immediately impressed with his style of songwriting. He got 2 cuts the day we signed him which is a first for me in over 20 years of publishing.”

Alexander added, “BMI sent Jon Sherwood over to meet with me and I instantly felt like he had something different to offer. Along with his unique style of writing, his energy and excitement for the craft stuck with me. Having Little Louder as a partner with us seemed like the perfect set up for someone like Sherwood. His positive attitude and work ethic are inspiring and we couldn’t be happier to have him in the family!”

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