Unbiased music publishing firm peermusic has acquired the track catalog of nation and bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs and majority of the track catalog of his son, Gary Scruggs
The corporate has served as writer of Earl Scruggs’ songs going again to once they had been written, a relationship that spans greater than half a century, to when peermusic was referred to as the Peer-Southern Group.
Beneath the deal, peermusic will purchase the US rights to the songs that it was beforehand administering on behalf of Earl Scruggs and his property, in addition to the rights to a majority of songs by Gary Scruggs, Earl’s son.
Earl Scruggs, who died in 2012, is credited with creating the “Scruggs model,” a three-fingered model of enjoying the banjo that has change into the most typical method to play the instrument.
Starting in 1948, Scruggs was one of many main members of Flatt and Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys. At this time, the band could also be finest remembered for Foggy Mountain Breakdown, a track that gained mainstream recognition when it appeared within the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde. The duo additionally recorded The Ballad of Jed Clampett, higher often known as the theme track to the hit Sixties sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies.
Peermusic describes Flatt and Scruggs as being “arguably probably the most well-known bluegrass band within the nation” of their heyday, within the Fifties and Sixties.
Scruggs is an inductee into the Nation Music Corridor of Fame and the Worldwide Bluegrass Music Affiliation’s Corridor of Fame. He took house 4 Grammys, together with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his greater than 60-year-career.
His spouse, Louise Scruggs, is thought for having been the primary lady supervisor within the music trade, when, beginning in 1955, she managed Flatt and Scruggs.
Louise and Earl’s sons, Gary and Randy, had been each musicians. Gary was a Grammy-winning guitarist and bassist who performed alongside his father, and carried out as a duo along with his youthful brother, in addition to in a trio with their father, often known as the Scruggs Revue. Gary and Randy died in 2018 and 2021, respectively.
The elder Scruggs was mates with peermusic founder Ralph S. Peer, who arrange the corporate that may change into peermusic as Southern Music Publishing Co. in 1928, and have become commercially profitable within the Nineteen Thirties by popularizing Southern American music world wide.
“The historical past right here is unimaginable. There are few artists which have outlined a complete style the way in which that Earl Scruggs and Gary Scruggs have with bluegrass or that so popularized a single instrument throughout genres as Earl did with the banjo — we’re delighted to proceed our work with the Scruggs household and to characterize their curiosity in a few of nation music’s most beloved songs,” Michael Knox, President of Peermusic Nashville, mentioned in an announcement.
“This deal actually exemplifies the whole lot a relationship between a songwriter and a writer ought to be.”
Kathy Spanberger, peermusic
“It’s a uncommon alternative to accumulate these unimaginable catalogs of songs on this aggressive music rights panorama, however what makes this most significant to us is the decades-long relationship that peermusic has loved with Earl Scruggs and Gary Scruggs,” mentioned Kathy Spanberger, peermusic President and COO.
“This deal actually exemplifies the whole lot a relationship between a songwriter and a writer ought to be. Earl and peermusic labored collectively efficiently for many years to share his music with the world, and peermusic continues that custom with the songs of Gary Scruggs.”
Mentioned Jesse and Jaime Scruggs, Earl’s grandsons and the third technology of the household to be working with peermusic, in a joint assertion: “Our grandfather trusted peermusic as his music writer from the start of his profession and the workforce at peermusic has been like a household to us all through these a few years.
“Preserving these track catalogs with peermusic is a simple resolution for us as a result of we all know how a lot they’ve completed to help the Scruggs household — they usually know these track catalogs in and out.”
Peermusic owns or administers greater than 1,000,000 copyrights, with a number of the most distinguished being works by David Foster, George Clinton, Corey Hart, Richard Harris, Donovan, Tito Puente and Jimmy Rodgers.
In 2020, peermusic expanded into neighboring rights with the acquisition of Canada-based Premier Muzik, France-based All Proper Music and Netherlands-based World Grasp Rights to type a brand new firm, which nonetheless operates underneath the unique manufacturers.
Earlier this 12 months, the corporate prolonged its neighboring-rights assortment actions to China, underneath a partnership with the China Audio-Video Copyright Affiliation (CAVCA).Music Enterprise Worldwide