Backbeat: Brenda Tamayo Manzanedo's B-Day; Amber Digby @ NYC's Rodeo Bar
Backbeat: Brenda Tamayo Manzanedo's B-Day; Amber Digby @ NYC's Rodeo Bar

Retail Track
Bon Vivants: Record collector and well-known downtown bon vivant, Keith McCarthy: Lucas Cooper, a principal of ROIR (Reachout International Records); Nell Mulderry, principal of Boss Sounds; and Anna Karingal, promotion and marketing manager of ROIR.

Retail Track was out and about last Wednesday (Sept. 21), stopping by the birthday party for Brenda Tamayo Manzanedo, who is a director at Direct Brands Inc., which used to be BMG Music Club and Columbia House. While there we ran into Keith McCarthy, a leading record collector and a well known downtown bon vivant; Lucas Cooper, a principal of ROIR; Nell Mulderry, principal of the marketing and management company Boss Sounds; and Anna Karingal, promotion and marketing manager of ROIR. The conversation skipped around from whether Direct Brands Inc. was still in the music business (it's not) to the impact of social networks in marketing music to marketing plans for the upcoming Oct. 25 release from Dub Trio on ROIR.

Retail Track
Pleased To Meet You: (From left:) Chuck Mead of BR5 49 and "Million Dollar Quartet" music director; Rob Santos, VP of A&R, Sony Legacy; producer/engineer Neil Brockbank; Jake Guralnick from 2 Jakes Management, music photographer Jim Herrington.

Later that night, Retail Track stopped by the Rodeo Bar to catch the Amber Digby set. There we wound up drinking Pabst Blue Ribbon with Chuck Mead of BR5 49 and the music director for the Broadway hit, "Million Dollar Quartet;" producer/engineer Neil Brockbank; Rob Santos, VP of A&R for Sony Legacy; Jake Guralnick from 2 Jakes Management, the artist management firm; and music photographer Jim Herrington. After the Digby set, the conversation turned to how the "Million Dollar Quartet" is doing, during which it was noted that the legendary Cowboy Jack Clement, the recording engineer for Sun Records, is identified in the play as merely the tape operator. But while he may be not get his due in the play, at the bar that observation produced an outpouring of stories about him, one of which sadly noted that a fire at his home this summer had destroyed some classic tape recordings and other memorabilia from his long career.