Even though advancing technology and a souring economy continue to sap album sales, the rosters of the major country music labels have remained remarkably stable over the past year. There have been no wholesale purges of artists and no precipitous drops in the number of new signings.
Currently, there are 167 acts attached to the country labels that reported their
rosters to CMT.com. Of the acts reported, 38 were duos or groups, 82 were male performers and 47 female.
those who have left the labels they were still signed to a year ago are Chris Cagle and
Cyndi Thomson (Capitol Nashville), Danielle Peck
(Big Machine), Lila McCann and Sherrie Austin (Broken
Bow), Jeff Carson, Cowboy Crush and Cledus
T. Judd (Curb).
Also gone from their previous perches are Marcel and Phil
Stacey (Lyric Street), Blaine Larsen (BNA), Halfway
to Hazard (Mercury), Mary Gauthier (Lost Highway), Jennifer
Hanson and Shooter Jennings (Universal Records South) and Lori
McKenna and Cowboy Troy (Warner Bros. Nashville).
the latest listings from the largest country labels:
Big Machine Records/The Valory Music Co.
Taylor Swift, Trisha Yearwood,
Jack Ingram, Kate & Kacey, Sunny
Sweeney, Adam Gregory.
The Valory Music Co: Jewel,
Jimmy Wayne, Justin Moore, Reba
McEntire, Emerson Drive.
Black River Music Group
Bates, Sarah Darling, Emma Jacob.
Dean Brody, Randy Owen, Megan
Mullins, Krista Marie, Ash Bowers, Crossin Dixon.
Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley,
Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Walker Hayes,
Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Kenny
Rogers, Darius Rucker, Keith Urban, Emily
West and comedians Rodney Carrington, Roy
D. Mercer and Tim Wilson.
Atkins, the Bellamy Brothers, Bomshel,
Lee Brice, Star De Azlan, Larry Gatlin
and the Gatlin Brothers, Ashley Gearing,
Hank III, Steve Holy, Hal
Ketchum, Ronnie McDowell, Tim McGraw, Jo Dee Messina,
Heidi Newfield, LeAnn Rimes,
Rio Grand, Sawyer Brown, Ray Stevens, B.J. Thomas,
Clay Walker, Hank Williams Jr., Wynonna.
Lyric Street/Carolwood Records
Lyric Street: Rascal Flatts,
Bucky Covington, Sarah Buxton,
Josh Gracin, SHeDAISY, Billy
Ray Cyrus (with Walt Disney Records).
Carolwood Records: Trent Tomlinson,
Jessica Andrews, Love and Theft, the Parks.
Show Dog Nashville
Toby Keith, Trailer
Choir, Carter's Chord, Mica
Roberts, Flynnville Train.
Sony Music Nashville
Nashville: Brooks & Dunn, Jason
Michael Carroll, Alan Jackson, Jypsi,
Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood (19 Recordings/Arista
BNA: Kenny Chesney, Pat Green,
Craig Morgan, Kellie Pickler (19 Recordings/BNA
Records), the Lost Trailers.
Columbia Nashville: Keith Anderson, Caitlin & Will, Miranda Lambert,
Montgomery Gentry, Jessica
Simpson (Epic/Columbia Nashville), Gretchen Wilson.
RCA Nashville: Sara Evans, Martina McBride, Jake
Owen, Crystal Shawanda, Chuck
Wicks, Chris Young.
Sugar Hill: The
Greencards, Sarah Borges, Sarah Jarosz, the
Infamous Stringdusters, Kasey Chambers
& Shane Nicholson, the Red Stick Ramblers, Bryan
Sutton, Maura O'Connell, the Seldom Scene,
the Duhks, Donna the Buffalo, Sam Bush,
Joey & Rory.
Universal Music Nashville
George Strait, Vince Gill, Jamey
Johnson, Josh Turner, Gary Allan, Ashton
Shepherd, Randy Rogers Band.
Mercury Nashville: Sugarland,
Billy Currington, Lee Ann Womack, Julie
Roberts, David Nail, Holly Williams,
Julianne Hough, Shania Twain.
Highway: Lucinda Williams, Shelby Lynne,
Black Joe Lewis, Ryan Bingham, Lyle
Lovett, Hayes Carll, Morrissey, Johnny Flynn, Donavon Frankenreiter.
Randy Houser, Phil
Vassar, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Eli
Young Band, Jonathan Singleton & the Grove, Baylie Brown, Joe Nichols, Angela
Wolff, the Clark Brothers, Andy Gibson.
Warner Bros. Nashville
Big Kenny, Big
& Rich, Michelle Branch, Whitney
Duncan, Faith Hill, Jessica Harp, the JaneDear Girls, Jason Jones, James
Otto, John Rich, Blake Shelton, Randy
Travis and comedians Frank Caliendo, John Caparulo, Henry Cho, Scott Dunn, Bill Engvall,
Christian Finnegan, Jeff Foxworthy, Gladys Hardy, Lisa Lampanelli,
Larry the Cable Guy, Kathleen Madigan, Patton Oswalt and Jon