In perhaps the most-expected news in the Country Music world, mega indie label Big Machine Label Group has added a fourth record label to their roster of labels today with BMLG’s second Republic Records Joint Venture label (after Republic Nashville), reviving the iconic “Dot Records” label.
Former Warner Brothers Nashville executive Chris Stacey has joined the label as General Manager, not unlike when Jimmy Harnen left Capitol/EMI to head Republic Nashville upon it’s forming. Dot Records was active in Nashville from 1955--1977 before being revivied this month.
Big Machine Records launched in 2005 by Scott Borchetta with Taylor Swift and Jack Ingram as flagship artists and since then has launched The Valory Music Co. and Republic and now, Dot, under the Big Machine Label Group banner. The label group has launched the careers of Swift, The Band Perry, Cassadee Pope, Justin Moore, Florida Georgia Line, Danielle Bradbery and Thomas Rhett in addition to being the label home for Reba, Tim McGraw, Brantley Gilbert, Eli Young Band, and Rascal Flatts, among others.
No word yet on who the first artist officially signed to the label but we would hypothesize that Dallas Smith (who is part of Big Loud Shirt Records and also had his Tippin’ Point EP distributed by Republic Records) is one of the front runners.