Lauderdale and RCA Part Ways

Jim Lauderdale and RCA Records have parted ways after two albums. The news comes on the heels of Jason Sellers’ exit from BNA Records, a division of RCA, earlier this month. RCA Labels Group President Joe Galante told The Tennessean that the departures were not precipitated by the imminent Arista-RCA merger. Lauderdale previously recorded for major labels Warner Bros., Columbia and Atlantic. While still on the RCA roster, the acclaimed singer-songwriter released a bluegrass album with Ralph Stanley last year on independent Rebel Records. The collaborative project sold about 20,000 copies, which is more than Lauderdale’s two RCA discs combined, reports the Nashville newspaper. Lauderdale has written big hits for George Strait, Patty Loveless, Mark Chesnutt and others.