Inks Drive-By Trucker's Hood and Cooley.

Razor & Tie's recently launched music publishing division has signed its first deal. The company has entered an exclusive worldwide administration agreement with Drive-By Trucker's Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley for their entire catalog.

The Athens, Ga., natives' seventh album, "A Blessing and a Curse" (New West Records) released in April, was No. 37 on the Top Independent Albums June 10, peaking at No. 3.

"We are thrilled to be part of their team and look forward to spreading the Drive-By Truckers gospel to the uninitiated of the world,” says J.W. Johnson, head of the division.

The band is scheduled to tour with the Black Crowes and Robert Randolph & the Family Band this summer.