Tobacco Rd Band Signs with Nashville Record Label Silvercreek Records
Singer/songwriter Eric Durrance and his Tobacco Rd Band have signed with Silvercreek Records, a new independent label with offices on Nashville's Music Row, formed by country music veterans Stafond Seago and Steve Pope. The deal includes shared publishing rights to many of Durrance's songs, including his recent single "That's Country," featuring Colt Ford (Average Joe's Entertainment). (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mkzWB3psMs)
"We're excited to be working with Eric Durrance," said Seago, president and CEO of Silvercreek Records. "He's an incredibly versatile songwriter, and just as great a singer. A lot of folks in Nashville want to collaborate with him, so we're honored to have him on our team."
Tobacco Rd Band, which has amassed a loyal concert following since forming in 2011, is best-known for the singles "Coming Back Around," "Jesus and Guns" and "Boom." The band's name was inspired by the road just outside Tallahassee, Florida, where Durrance used to party with friends, including country star Jake Owen, whose current hit single, "8 Second Ride," Durrance co-wrote.
"I met Jake when he was a student at Florida State University," Durrance said. "We spent a lot of time working together in my stepfather's recording studio before he went to Nashville."
As a solo artist, Durrance opened for Lady Antebellum and Jason Aldean for "CMT on Tour" in 2008. Prior to that, he was lead singer with the acclaimed Christian rock band Big Dismal, which Rolling Stone named one of "Five Christian Bands on the Rise" in 2003. With Tobacco Rd Band, Durrance has returned to his musical roots, melding classic country with high-energy, hard-partying Southern rock.
"We don't have a cookie-cutter Nashville sound," he said. "I think we're basically a garage band that does country music. I write the songs and everybody gets together and figures out how to make them better. It's an old-school approach to songwriting."
Though Silvercreek Records is new as a record label, it began several years ago as a music publishing company and recording studio, which is still operating in Columbia, Mississippi, under the production and management of Kaleb Payne, vice president of Mississippi operations.
Earlier this year, Seago met veteran Nashville songwriter, producer and plugger Steve Pope, and the pair decided to start Silvercreek Records to give artists greater ownership in their projects. Through the years, he has secured many hits, including "Wild Horses" (Garth Brooks), "Never Again, Again" (Lee Ann Womack), "I Know She Still Loves Me" (George Strait), "It Doesn't Get Any Countrier Than This" (Tim McGraw) and more.
"I've worked with Eric Durrance, and I really believe in his artistry," Pope said. "When Stafond and I got together to start Silvercreek Records, Eric was at the top of my list to sign."
Silvercreek Records will hold a launch party and concert on Saturday, September 21, at Honky Tonk Central, 329 Broadway, Nashville, Tennessee 37201 from 9:00 p.m.-midnight. Eric Durrance and Tobacco Rd Band will perform 10:00-11:00, followed by an autograph session. Several signed guitars from sponsor Coors Light will be given away. The event is open to the public. No cover charge. Must be 21.