The Agency Group (TAG) is closing its Nashville office, which opened just 17 months ago.

The Agency Group (TAG) is closing its Nashville office, which opened just 17 months ago.

The Nashville TAG office, which will close in November, has been headed by Paul Lohr, formerly an agent at Buddy Lee Attractions.

TAG North American president Steve Martin tells Billboard.biz that the business environment was difficult for the new office, but the agency is not closing the door on Nashville forever. "We gave it a shot," Martin says. "And we'd like to revisit it again in six months to a year."

The bulk of the acts on the TAG Nashville roster, including Rodney Crowell, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown and Riders in the Sky, will stay with Lohr. Acts that were with TAG prior to the opening of the office, including the Funk Brothers, will remain with TAG.

Based in New York and London, TAG employs more than 50 agents worldwide and books 500 acts, from the club to the stadium level. The move into Nashville was part of an aggressive posture that had seen TAG set up outposts in the last several years in Toronto, L.A., Amsterdam, Copenhagen and the Pacific Rim.

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