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TWO NEW FIRMS ARISE FROM DAVIS SHAPIRO
New math: dividing and adding (7/15a)
THE DEATH OF PRINT JOURNALISM: LEGAL FINE PRINT EDITION
We're guilty as charged. (7/16a)
THE NEW CHEW:
GRAMMY ON RYE
The latest fearless forecast (7/15a)
BILLY RAY CYRUS: THE "ROAD" LESS TRAVELED
The zigzagging course of a singular career (7/12a)
HOT THOUGHTS
KG lets 'em have it. (7/15a)
EARTHQUAKE!
We thought it was just the hangover.
WEED!
What strain pairs best with sloth?
COPYRIGHTS!
They're complicated.
PIZZA!
Why haven't we been talking about it?
Music City
NEXT-WAVE AGENTS: NATE RITCHES (PARADIGM)
7/8/19

Paradigm’s Nate Ritches got his break while working concert production across the Northwest Fair and Festival circuit. Deschutes County Fair manager Ross Rogers introduced the Burns, Ore., native to Morris Higham’s Dale Morris, Clint Higham and Mike Betterton, who recognized the fire in Ritches’ belly, eventually bringing the gregarious 20-something into their company as an in-house agent. Ritches is now responsible for Old Dominion, Brandon Lay, Ryan Griffin, Shenandoah, Johnny Dailey and Walker County. An agent who hits the road, the Oregon State grad believes, “It’s that human contact that really adds the energy of what my clients do. Spending time with buyers and visiting sites and venues builds relationships between talent and the people they’ll work with throughout their careers.”

What in this rapidly changing business do you see as the biggest opportunity?
International, and what we’re starting to see in the evolving popularity of country/Americana. In countries where the only means of discovering content is by way of digital delivery of audio and/or video, we’re seeing real impact. There’s no radio, no television, no traditional means of marketing, but we’ve seen a massive port of entry for both emerging and established artists to break into new territories.

Best Lesson?
Get out and network, network, network. You never know what opportunity you’ll find being out in it. The greatest strength you can carry is in your handshake.