The current King of Americana and now Grammy-nominated singer songwriter Jason Isbell has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with Downtown Music Publishing. The news comes near the end of a marquee run for Isbell, who along with his Grammy nominations for Best Americana Album (Something More Than Free) and Best American Roots Song (“24 Frames”), has also landed at #16 on Billboard‘s year-end Independent Album’s chart.
“We are thrilled to be working with Jason and his incredible song catalog,” says Downtown COO Andrew Bergman. “With each new album, Jason’s music continues to reach ever-wider audiences, crossing over to numerous genres. We are truly honored to partner with Jason and his fantastic team.”
Jason Isbell’s Something More Than Free not only charted at #1 in country upon its release, it also found its way to #1 on the rock and folk charts.
The deal he signed is very similar to the deal inked by Sturgill Simpson in June with Downtown Music. One of the primary benefits to artists to signing a publishing deal is to get their music placed in movies, films, and other outlets. The boost in exposure can be important for songwriters, especially ones who aren’t regularly featured on mainstream radio. In late November, Sturgill Simpson’s cover of “The Promise” landed prominent placement in the critically-acclaimed HBO series The Leftovers—an example of what can result from a publishing deal.
“We look forward to doing more licensing, helping him promote his brand, and we’re in a great place for that. We feel like timing wise it couldn’t be better for all of us,” said Downtown Music Publishing’s VP of A&R Steve Markland.