Koch Entertainment Closes Country Division

Koch Records Nashville, label home to Robert Earl Keen, Dean Miller and others, will cease operations Tuesday (Oct. 18) following a decision by its parent company, Row Entertainment of Canada. Label veteran Nick Hunter and Simon Renshaw, longtime manager of the Dixie Chicks, launched the label as Audium Records in 1999 in conjunction with Koch Entertainment, which owned a minority interest. Hunter continued to head Audium after he and Renshaw sold their interest in the label to Koch. Row Entertainment purchased Koch Entertainment earlier this year. Koch Records Nashville's artist roster includes Daryle Singletary, Jerry Douglas, Cledus T. Judd, the Tractors, the Hacienda Brothers, Dale Watson, Ronnie Bowman and 3 Fox Drive. The label had also reissued several historically significant recordings, including Johnny Paycheck's work in the '60s for Little Darlin' Records. Hunter and four employees are affected by the closure.

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