Southern California punk legend Mike Ness has signed an exclusive publishing agreement with Concord Music Publishing, covering his entire career output — including all solo work and Social Distortion releases.
“Getting to work with and represent Mike Ness’ songwriting is an honor beyond words, and a task we don’t take lightly,” says Tom DeSavia, SVP of A&R/Artist Relations of Concord Music Publishing. “Ness is the definition of a modern classic American songwriter; a quintessential punk poet who has evolved into ranks of the very writers that have influenced and inspired him. He’s part of a tradition that owes as much to the Ramones and the Clash as it does to Gene Vincent, Merle Haggard and Leadbelly.”
Since forming in the late 1970s, Social D has released one EP and seven studio albums, including the band’s 1990 breakout self-titled effort containing alt-rock hits “Let It Be Me” and “Ball and Chain.” A followup album, 1992’s Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell contained the group’s mid-tempo classic “I Was Wrong,” which rose to No. 4 on the Alternative Songs chart.
Social D hasn’t released a studio album since 2011’s Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, which rose to a career-best No. 4 on the Billboard 200. Concord said on Wednesday that a new album is in the works via Epitaph, while Craft Recordings, which represents Social D’s earlier albums along with Ness’ solo LPs, is working on various archival releases for later this year.
Ness’ solo discography is essentially confined to one year, 1999, when he embraced his classic country roots on two albums, Cheating at Solitaire and a covers LP Under the Influences.
Said Ness, “I’m really looking forward to working with Concord Music Publishing. I know this change will come with new challenges, and I’m stoked by everything that lies ahead.”