Primary Wave Music Publishing has finalized an agreement that will see the company acquire a stake in the music publishing catalog, as well as master artist royalties of the legendary guitarist, singer, songwriter and performer Tommy Shaw.
The acquisition includes some of Shaw’s biggest hits from Styx such as Renegade, Fooling Yourself, and his Top 10 hit Too Much Time On My Hands.
Also included in the deal are several songs from his solo projects, as well as a handful of compositions from Damn Yankees (High Enough, Where You Goin’ Now) and Shaw Blades (My Hallucination, I’ll Always Be With You).
Born in Chicago in the early ’70s, Styx was the first recording act ever to have four consecutive triple platinum albums in a row (Grand Illusion, Pieces of Eight, Cornerstone, and Paradise Theater).
In 1975, right before kicking off a tour in support of their latest album, guitarist John Curulewski left the band and was immediately replaced with Tommy Shaw.
Styx went on to become one of the top US rock acts and have played more live dates since 1999 than all of its previous years on the road combined.
Shaw has also played with other groups including Damn Yankees and Shaw Blades, as well as having released several solo albums.
He was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 2008 at their awards banquet held in his hometown of Montgomery. Shaw made his bluegrass debut at the Grand Ole Opry on March 26, 2011 after the release of his solo bluegrass album The Great Divide.
“Knowing their depth of experience, unique style and discovering their enthusiasm about their relationship with me has been an eye opener and I’m looking forward to all that lies ahead.”
“I’m very excited to have partnered up with Primary Wave,” said Shaw. “Knowing their depth of experience, unique style and discovering their enthusiasm about their relationship with me has been an eye opener and I’m looking forward to all that lies ahead.
“The music I’ve had the honor of writing, recording and performing over the past several decades by myself and with some incredible writing partners has been the soundtrack of a wonderful life so far. Now to have the Primary Wave behind it all, it’s gonna be fun to see where this new road leads us.”
“The songs he’s written as a member of Styx, Damn Yankees, Blades Shaw and as a solo artist have not only resonated with me personally, but have resonated with fans across the world.”
Adam Lowenberg. Primary Wave
Primary Wave’s Chief Marketing Officer and General Manager, Adam Lowenberg, added: “Tommy is an incredibly talented musician and songwriter. The songs he’s written as a member of Styx, Damn Yankees, Blades Shaw and as a solo artist have not only resonated with me personally, but have resonated with fans across the world.
“We couldn’t be happier to have him join the Primary Wave family and are excited for what’s to come.”
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