Big Loud Records continues to build its high-caliber promotion team, today welcoming Duane Hobson as its Director of Promotion (Southeast).

Joining a label known as one of Nashville’s most innovative, Hobson brings two decades of expertise to his new role and will now support Big Loud’s trailblazing roster of talent in the Southeast region. Reporting to SVP of Promotion, Stacy Blythe, Hobson can be reached here.

“It’s an honor to join a company that invests heavily in the individuals and in the culture that they have come to be known for,” shares Hobson. “I’m looking forward to being on the front lines daily in the Southeast representing this amazing artist roster with Big Loud Records.”

A Nashville, TN, native and longtime artists-and-repertoire expert, Hobson’s background dovetails perfectly with the Big Loud mission and the firm’s outside-the-box approach. Well versed in connecting artist and audience with the perfect message, he’s spent more than 20 years making an impact on many high-profile organizations.

After graduating from Nashville State Community College, Hobson went on to serve in various A&R capacities with RCA Records, Sony/BMG, and Sony Music Nashville. From there he spent time in the Southeast’s celebrated university system, handling A&R Industry Consultant duties for the University of Georgia’s Music Business Department, as well as Kennesaw State University’s Joel A. Katz Music and Entertainment Business Program.

Most recently, Hobson worked as A&R Collaborative Manager / Tour Manager at Edge Artist Management, and has also consulted for Intercept Music, as well as numerous independent artists and producers. But his fresh position offers a new challenge, and a roster of emerging chart-toppers to advocate.

“I’ve been waiting quite some time to have a spot on this team for Duane [Hobson]. He’s already beloved in our industry and we are honored that he chose Big Loud Records as the home for his return,” shares Blythe. “Duane’s passion and positivity are abounding, and I know our radio friends in the Southeast are going to love him.”

Working alongside fellow Director of Promotion (Southeast), Sarah Headley, Hobson will work to promote the red-hot Big Loud roster across the Southeast. The pair take over from former regional director Tyler Waugh, who was elevated to National Director Promotion earlier this summer. That move was paired with a number of other promotions – including Blythe’s rise to SVP – all of which served to support Big Loud’s unparalleled growth.

With every division of the visionary independent firm building momentum, Big Loud’s bold roster is one of hottest in Nashville. It now includes Morgan Wallen, Jake Owen, Chris Lane, HARDY, Mason Ramsey, MacKenzie Porter, ERNEST, Ben Burgess, Ashland Craft, Larry Fleet, Sean Stemaly, Shawn Austin, Blame My Youth, and Lily Rose, plus Hailey Whitters and Madison Kozak on Songs & Daughters.

For more information about Big Loud Records, please visit bigloudrecords.com.

Big Loud Records’ head-turning success continues to unfold since first launching in 2015, as an expansion of innovative music company Big Loud. Accounting for more than 14 BILLION global streams with 11 #1 U.S. airplay and 15 #1 Canadian airplay hits, plus GOLD, PLATINUM, and MULTI-PLATINUM certifications, the Big Loud Records artist family includes Morgan Wallen, Jake Owen, Chris Lane, HARDY, Mason Ramsey, MacKenzie Porter, ERNEST, Ben Burgess, Ashland Craft, Larry Fleet, Sean Stemaly, Shawn Austin, Blame My Youth, and Lily Rose. Further establishing its cutting-edge reputation, Big Loud Records partnered with ACM Award-winning songwriter Nicolle Galyon to create female-driven label Songs & Daughters – launching the career of flagship artist Madison Kozak and teaming up with critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter Hailey Whitters, the label also expanded in signing newcomer Tiera to its Publishing arm [in partnership with Big Loud Publishing / Warner Chappell Music]. Garnering top industry recognition, Records was honored as Platinum Label at the 2021 CRS/Country Aircheck Awards, with Billboard’s 2021 40 Under 40 Stacy Blythe (SVP Promotion) and Ali Matkosky (VP Promotion) awarded SVP-VP/National Promotion and Director/National Promotion titles respectively. Further stacking accolades, Seth England (Partner/CEO) was named among Billboard's 2021 Indie Power Players, with England, Joey Moi (Partner/Producer), Craig Wiseman (Partner/Songwriter), Austen Adams (COO), and Candice Watkins (VP Marketing) listed as Billboard's 2021 Country Power Players.