The industry veterans behind Vagrant Records and Doghouse Records have combined their artist management agencies.
A pair of "punk rock kids"-turned music industry entrepreneurs are joining forces in Nashville. Artist managers Rich Egan (Hard 8) and Dirk Hemsath (Working Group) announced on Tuesday they're merging their companies to form the Hard 8 Working Group, to house newly expanded management, publishing and label divisions.
The firm's diverse management roster now includes Cheat Codes, Brantley Gilbert, Dashboard Confessional, Michelle Branch, Billie Eilish and R.Lum.R, among others. On the label side, the company wil continue to host Egan's Folsom Records, which has released records by Rise Against and Face to Face, and Hemsath's Doghouse Records, home to the All-American Rejects' debut LP, plus a new label is forthcoming from management partner David Conway. Laura Bender will serve as general manager of both the management side and the labels.
The company also plans on launching a new publishing division. Financial details of the merger were not disclosed.