Today (Feb. 1), Nashville-based independent label Easy Eye Sound — founded by Black Keys front man, Dan Auerbach — entered a long-term, exclusive joint venture with Concord.
Through the worldwide partnership, Concord will release all new recordings for the label — which this year plans to deliver 12 projects — and distribute all catalog albums going forward. (Easy Eye previously teamed with Nonesuch, ADA and BMG for distribution).
Auerbach founded Easy Eye in 2017, naming the label after his Nashville recording studio. Since, Easy Eye Sound has released over 20 albums by artists including Grammy-nominated Yola, Shannon and the Clams, Robert Finley, Early James and more. Auerbach himself has earned eight Grammys, and has been nominated for producer of the year two years running. This year, he’s up for producing and co-writing Marcus King’s acclaimed El Dorado (released on both Easy Eye and King’s label home Fantasy Records), as well as the label’s Cypress Grove by Jimmy “Duck” Holmes and Singing For My Supper by Early James, among others.
“When I founded Easy Eye Sound, it was meant as a home base for my musical vision and as a way to discover and support artists I believe in,” Auerbach said in a statement. “It’s exciting to see the record label and recording studio evolve.”
Adds Tom Whalley, Concord’s chief label executive: “Dan’s passion runs through Easy Eye’s in-house songwriting, production and the overall cohesive vision of the label. He brings a stellar roster and a committed staff under the leadership of Tom Osborn. Easy Eye Sound will be a great addition to Concord Recorded Music’s group of labels, and the partnership will give Dan and his artists a global platform of opportunity.”