Downtown has signed a worldwide publishing agreement with country-folk singer and songwriter and two-time Grammy winner John Prine.
The publisher will represent over 230 compositions from Prine’s songbook, covering the vast majority of his output as a solo artist across a near 50-year career.
His catalogue includes works recorded by Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, the Everly Brothers, John Denver, Kris Kristofferson and Carly Simon.
Prine’s songs have also been covered by Ben Harper, Joan Baez, George Strait, Old Crow Medicine Show, Norah Jones, Bette Midler, Miranda Lambert, Carla Bruni, Zac Brown Band, and many others.
His compositions include, “I Just Want To Dance With You,” “In Spite Of Ourselves,” “That’s The Way The World Goes Round,” “Long Monday,” “20th Century Is Almost Over,” and “Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness.”
The agreement will cover Prine’s new album, The Tree of Forgiveness, which is his first new material in over 13 years.
Produced by Grammy-Award winning Dave Cobb, the album is set for release on April 13th on Prine’s independent label, Oh Boy Records.
Steve Markland, Downtown’s VP A&R, Nashville said: “I’ve known John and his family for quite some time and am so excited for myself and Downtown to officially be apart of the team.
“Working with John Prine and his vast catalog of timeless, immaculate compositions is truly a career milestone for me.
“I am simply honored and humbled to be apart of John’s great work.”
steve markland, dowtown nashville
“Working with John Prine and his vast catalog of timeless, immaculate compositions is truly a career milestone for me. I am simply honored and humbled to be apart of John’s great work.”
Discussing the signing, Prine commented: “I’m very pleased to have Downtown represent my catalog of songs.
“Steve Markland in Nashville has been hugely supportive of our family owned independent label Oh Boy Records.”
“Steve Markland in Nashville has been hugely supportive of our family owned independent label Oh Boy Records. We are looking forward to working with him and whole Downtown team.”
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