Plowboy Records Taps Jim Reilley To Head Label Operations
Plowboy Records has tapped industry and creative veteran Jim Reilley for the post of Operations Director. The multi-dimensional Reilley, who moved to Nashville in 1998, brings a wealth of knowledge and talent to the imprint and will fill the role left by the passing of the label’s beloved Ben Ewing.
“Jim has had a long and successful career in this business, and he brings a lifetime of experience from the creative side as well,” notes Plowboy Records’ President and co-founder Shannon Pollard. “He knows what it takes to put together deals and how to manage a variety of projects. He speaks the language of a musician, but he also speaks ‘industry’ and that is so important to our future.”
Reilley has worn many career hats. As an artist he co-founded the revered group The New Dylans in 1986, and as a songwriter (with a stint at Curb Music Publishing) he secured cuts by Vince Gill, Sam Bush, Hal Ketchum, Tim O’Brien, Jack Ingram, and others. A gifted musician, Reilley played bass on numerous recording projects for various artists, most notably Sheryl Crow. A respected producer, Jim has helmed over 40 projects, including several Kerrville and Merlefest award winners. Currently, Jim is a member of the avant-garde experimental jazz outfit The Birdwatcher Experiment with Jerry Oliver and a rotating cast that includes Shannon Pollard and Cheetah Chrome of The Dead Boys. He looks forward to bringing his unique perspective to Plowboy and to nurturing the current artist roster and helping to guide the future of the label itself.
“If Shannon and I can realize our vision for Plowboy and become a label in the mold of a classic ‘60s Electra/Asylum, Rounder, Blue Note, Sub Pop, Creation, Dischord or Stax/Volt, especially in this current economic climate, I will consider that an enormous success,” says Reilley. “I’m still excited by and in love with music and am honored Shannon has given me this opportunity.”
About Plowboy Records
Established in 2012 to promote and further the legacy of late Country Music Hall of Fame member Eddy Arnold, the label also provides a platform for projects that focus on the creation of authentic music regardless of genre. Formed by Arnold’s grandson R. Shannon Pollard, historian Dr. Don Cusic and punk legend Cheetah Chrome, the label was voted Best Record Label for Nashville’s Past & Present in 2014 by the intrepid Nashville Scene. The roster – past and present – includes Country icon Bobby Bare, Chuck Mead, Marty Brown, Paul Burch, The Kentucky Headhunters, Buzz Cason, Cheetah Chrome, and JD Wilkes & The Dirt Daubers. Country Music Hall of Fame member Jim Ed Brown’s final project, IN STYLE AGAIN (produced by Don Cusic), was released on the label in 2015 to popular and critical acclaim.