Bug Music Publishing has acquired a portion of Murrah Music and its associated catalogs, while hiring its founder Roger Murrah as senior VP, overseeing the company’s Nashville operation.
In addition to directing the overall objectives of Nashville, Murrah’s key responsibilities will include managing the Bug Music collection of copyrights, developing staff writers with VP John Allen and creative director Sara Johnson, as well as continuing his own songwriting.
Murrah will report directly to Bug Music CEO John Rudolph. “I’m delighted to find someone with Roger’s experience, credentials and contacts to lead our Nashville office, my hometown,” Rudolph said in a statement. “This was an innovative deal that will allow us to pursue some really creative opportunities and redefine the way a publishing company operates. Roger has a rare combination of creative and business skills that complement each other very well.”
As part of the deal, Murrah Music staff writers Neal Coty, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Jon Henderson, Lisa McCallum, Robert Deitch and Matt Dame will move under the Bug Music umbrella. “Bug Music has a rich history of putting songs and songwriters first, which has always been my guiding philosophy in this business,” Murrah said in a statement. “Bug’s commitment to Nashville is clearly shown by this unprecedented, innovative opportunity John is giving me.”
Murrah, who formed Murrah Music in 1990, is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and chairman of its Foundation; and he is a BMI Songwriter of the Year and Songwriter of the Decade (’90s). Murrah’s songwriting contributions include “We’re in This Love Together,” “Goodbye Time,” “Where Corn Don’t Grow,” “High Cotton,” “Ozark Mountain Jubilee,” “Stranger Things Have Happened,” and “Don’t Rock the Jukebox.”
The Murrah Music catalog includes the Academy of Country Music Songs of the Year “I’m Movin’ On,” recorded by Rascal Flatts, and “Keeper of the Stars,” recorded by Tracy Byrd, as well as ASCAP Song of the Year and Billy Currington’s No. 1 hit, “Good Directions,” and Luke Bryan’s top-5 hit, “All My Friends Say,” according to the announcement.”