Billy Bragg has re-signed to Cooking Vinyl on a record deal for the world.
The new recording deal, which covers the world for the first time, cements a twenty-year relationship between Bragg and Cooking Vinyl, and is actually the sixth time the artist has signed with the label.
The agreement, a global services deal, will see Cooking Vinyl release Bragg’s forthcoming studio album, Tooth & Nail, across the world, with Bragg retaining the copyright in the recording. The album is slated for release on March 18 in the UK and March 19 in the US, where it will be distributed via RED.
Tooth & Nail was recorded in January 2012, and was produced by Grammy award winner Joe Henry (Solomon Burke, Aimee Mann, Elvis Costello + Allen Toussaint, Loudon Wainwright III, Hugh Laurie and Mose Allison) in his South Pasadena basement studio.
Since first partnering in 1993 on a re-issue of the Back To Basics compilation, Bragg’s two-decade association with Cooking Vinyl has included over twenty releases, including 1996’s acclaimed William Bloke album, 2003’s Must I Paint You A Picture: The Essential Billy Bragg compilation and 2008’s Mr Love & Justice.
Commenting on the new deal, Bragg said: "When I first signed to Cooking Vinyl, it was all fields around here. I'm really pleased to still be part of their ongoing success story, especially now they have built up momentum in America and ROW.
“As someone who believes that artists should own their rights, I am proud to work with a label that leads in service-only deals which help us all to make a living in the new digital record industry."
Martin Goldschmidt, founder and MD of Cooking Vinyl added: “Without Billy I don’t think Cooking Vinyl would be here today. He is one of the foundations of the company and we are honoured that he has chosen us (over major competition) to release his new album.
“My face lit up when he came in and played it to us. It is his strongest record since Mermaid Avenue and definitely a contender for his best album ever.”
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