Kim Buie got into the music business through college radio. She’s worked in New York, Los Angeles and Nashville at a variety of record companies including some industry giants and some important indie labels. And she’s touched a lot of genres, working with artists as diverse as Tom Waits, the Butthole Surfers, Etta James and Richard Thompson.
Starting about 15 years ago, she settled into the Americana/roots world as head of A&R for Lost Highway Records, home to Ryan Adams, Lucinda Williams and the historically pivotal O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack. From there she moved on to the multi-faceted music/talent company Thirty Tigers and then to her current home, Americana benchmark label New West, with John Hiatt, Shovels and Rope, Buddy Miller, Sarah Watkins, Nikki Lane and Rodney Crowell. With Crowell, Kim Buie recently made the leap from A&R to producing, helping to shape the sound of his 2017 album Close Ties.
Later in the hour, a visit on the go with Nashville roots rock hero Will Hoge as he launches two very different things - an album called Anchors and a new business - a ride service with an all electric fleet and dreams of expanding beyond its successful launch in Nashville.