Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 4:45pm

Sheltered Music, a division of Blackbird Music Publishing Group, has announced the signing of renowned songwriter Rodney Crowell to a co-publishing and administration deal with a joint venture to develop new artist writers. With more than 40 years of American roots music under his belt, Crowell has a rich history of songwriting excellence which has made him an icon among giants. With strong roots in country music, Crowell has written hits for the likes of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Emmylou Harris, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban and more.
“It’s a privilege to get to work with Rodney, as writing great songs has always been a major part of his legacy,” commented SVP Darrel Franklin. “It is our goal to add to that iconic resume of success by creating strategic songwriting collaborations and placements for Rodney with major country artists.  In addition, we will also be supporting his creative vision in developing new artist talent.”
Texas native Crowell, a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, has written 15 number one hits, won two GRAMMYs and is the author of the acclaimed memoir Chinaberry Sidewalks. In addition, he is the co-author of the New York Times best-selling book, Kin: Songs by Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell. Beyond working with some of the biggest names in country music, he has also penned songs for Bob Seger, the Grateful Dead, Etta James, John Denver and Jimmy Buffett, amongst countless others. In 2017, Crowell was honored with ASCAP’s prestigious Founder’s Award. 
“It is my good fortune to collaborate with Lance Freed and Darrell Franklin in a new song publishing venture with Sheltered Music,” said Crowell. “I’m anticipating a thoroughly enjoyable ride.” 
Sheltered Music, a division of Blackbird Music Publishing Group based in Nashville, TNfounded by The Raine Group, Keith Wortman and Blackbird Presents formed in July 2019 and recently announced an A&R Partnership and Creative Development Deal with producer Dann Huff. 
About Blackbird Presents:
Blackbird Presents is the worldwide leader in the production of large-scale concert events, broadcast specials, TV series, music festivals and tours.
Recent concerts, broadcast specials and releases include “Willie: Life & Songs Of An American Outlaw,” “All In For The Gambler: Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration,” “Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard,” “The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson,” “Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert,” “Outlaw: Celebrating The Music of Waylon Jennings,” “I'll Take You There: Celebrating 75 Years of Mavis Staples,” “The Life and Songs of Emmylou Harris,” “Lynyrd Skynyrd: One More For The Fans,” “The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: Celebrating Mac and His Music” and “All My Friends: Celebrating The Songs and Voice of Gregg Allman,” the last of which earned a 2014 GRAMMY® Award nomination for Gregg Allman and Taj Mahal's awe-inspiring performance of "Statesboro Blues."
Blackbird Presents is also the creator and producer of The Outlaw Music Festival Tour, in partnership with Willie Nelson; The American Roots Music & Arts Festival, in partnership with Eric Church; and The Last Waltz Tour.
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