Sony Drops Tammy Cochran, Billy Gilman, Cledus T. Judd, Others

Under the new leadership of John Grady, Sony Music Nashville has slashed its roster almost by half, dropping such highly touted acts as Tammy Cochran, Billy Gilman, Pam Tillis, Mark Chesnutt, Cledus T. Judd and Little Big Town. Also gone are newcomers Brad Martin, Clint Daniels and Wynn Varble (who co-wrote Darryl Worley’s blockbuster, “Have You Forgotten?”).

The new Sony roster consists of Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rodney Crowell (who will move from DMZ, which Grady earlier headed, to Epic/DMZ), the Derailers, the Dixie Chicks, Buddy Jewell, Patty Loveless, Montgomery Gentry, Colt Prather, Charlie Robison, Marty Stuart and Travis Tritt.

Ironically, Cochran, Judd, Martin and Daniels all made high profile performances last Saturday night (June 7) on Sony’s Fan Fair extravaganza. None appeared aware at that time of their impending separation from the label.

Grady, a former marketing executive for the Mercury and MCA labels, became president of Sony Music Nashville in May.