Country Agent Ron Baird Retires

Creative Artists Agency’s Ron Baird, one of country music’s most high-profile agents, has abruptly announced his retirement. Clients of Baird, who is in his early 50s, have included Clint Black, A

Creative Artists Agency’s Ron Baird, one of country music’s most high-profile agents, has abruptly announced his retirement. Clients of Baird, who is in his early 50s, have included Clint Black, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire and Shania Twain.

The agent is going out on a high note: His final major project was Twain’s hugely successful 2003-04 Up! tour, which grossed $80 million and drew more than 1.2 million people to 86 shows. Baird oversaw Twain’s only two headlining tours, which together grossed $170 million.

Baird joined CAA in 1991 to open the company’s Nashville office as a one-man operation in his garage. The office has now grown to encompass 35 people.

Baird got his start at the Good Music Agency in Missoula, Mont. He came to Nashville via Tulsa, Okla., where at the Jim Halsey Co. he booked such artists as Merle Haggard, George Jones, the Judds, Oak Ridge Boys, Conway Twitty, Tammy Wynette and Dottie West.


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