Plowboy Records, LLC was established in 2012 promote and further the legacy of the late singer Eddy Arnold as well as to provide a platform for additional recorded projects that focus on the creation of authentic music regardless of genre. The mission of Plowboy Records is to serve as a caretaker to the current music business interests of the estate of Eddy Arnold, as well as to reintroduce his music and influence to a new generation through legacy related projects and ones designed to bridge the gap between what was and what will be the future. Eddy Arnold’s impact upon Nashville and the country music industry are indelible. The crossover success he enjoyed in the post war 1940s through the 1960s was one of the most compelling forces that drove major record labels into establishing deeper roots into Nashville.
Plowboy Records consists of R. Shannon Pollard & Dr. Don Cusic. Plowboy Records President Shannon Pollard is a veteran musician, a partner in a commercial real estate firm and the grandson of Eddy Arnold. Shannon taught History of the Recording Industry classes at Belmont University in Nashville and has helped facilitate multi-million dollar commercial real estate transactions.
Plowboy Records Director of Special Projects and producer, Don Cusic, has taught classes on the music business since 1982. He has published 25 books including an Eddy Arnold biography and two novels and is an accomplished producer and songwriter.
In early 2012, one of our primary goals as a label was to reintroduce Bobby Bare to a national Americana fan base and therefore to remind voters within The Country Music Association that Bobby Bare is worthy of induction into The Country Music Hall of Fame. Our efforts with his 2012 Darker Than Light album (produced by Don Cusic) directly led to his nomination and the eventual announcement in March 2013 that he would be inducted alongside Kenny Rogers and Cowboy Jack Clement. We are currently working to secure and Americana Association nomination as well as a Grammy nomination in the Americana genre.
On May 14th, 2013, we released a 19 track multi-artist/multi-genre tribute to Eddy Arnold that was co-produced by Don Cusic and Cheetah Chrome, an original founder, is a founding member of Rocket From The Tombs, The Dead Boys and The Batusis (w/Sylvain Sylvain). We have already received national press for this project in Billboard magazine, No Depression and other national publications. Some artists involved are Frank Black of The Pixies, Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits, Lambchop and Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ and Sylvain Sylvain of The New York Dolls.
Since May of 2013, we have released JD Wilkes & The Dirt Daubers’ Wild Moon LP (produced by Cheetah Chrome), Cheetah Chrome’s Solo EP, Paul Burch’s Fevers LP, Buzz Cason’s Troubadour Heart CD & Chuck Mead’s Free State Serenade LP, The Ghost Wolves’ Man, Woman Beast LP, The Fauntleroys’ Below The Pink Pony EP, Jim Ed Brown’s final CD, In Style Again (produced by Don Cusic), Blackfoot Gypsies’ Handle It LP and Buzz Cason’s Record Machine CD.
In 2014, Plowboy Records was voted Best Record Label for Nashville’s Past & Present. Read more here:
On January 20th, 2014, Plowboy Records released Grammy Award winning Opry star, Jim Ed Brown’s final album and his first in 30 years, In Style Again. Like the Bobby Bare release, it was hoped that this album would get him back in front of the voters for the Country Music Hall of Fame. It worked, so in November of 2015, Jim Ed Brown and The Browns will be inducted in to the Hall. Sadly, Jim Ed Brown passed away from lung cancer on June 11, 2015, but he was given his medallion in a special ceremony at his hospital days before he passed. He said it was the best day of his life.