Music Row magazine has been “Nashville’s Music Industry Publication” for 26 years. Yesterday, Music Row announced that it was being acquired by SouthComm Communications, Inc.
SouthComm is a Nashville-based media company founded in 2007 by Chris Ferrell and Nashville investment firm Solidus Co., led by Townes Duncan. Duncan is chairman of SouthComm and Ferrell is CEO. Their first acquisition was SouthComm Publishing Company, Inc. of Alphraetta, Georgia.
Ferrell was formerly a council person in Nashville and publishers of The Scene, an alternative weekly publication owned by New Times Media of New York.
SouthComm is a custom publishing company focusing on local and niche news, information markets, membership directories and city publications. Music Row joins SouthComm’s current stable of publications, which includes the print and digital publications Nashville Post and Business Tennessee.
“I’m a believer in niche publications. My belief about the future of print is that it needs to be very targeted.”
Ferrell said in an article for Nashville Business Journal in January of this year.
“The SouthComm collaboration is a great fit,” says David Ross, current publishers of Music Row magazine. He will remain CEO of the industry publication, but will given the position of Vice President for SouthComm and a seat on the Board of Directors.
“Joining a larger organization means Music Row [magazine] will benefit with added resources, efficiencies of scale and cross marketing opportunities. SouthComm also provides added conduits for music industry news to reach a wider network of Nashville business leaders and bolster the process of uniting Nashville’s music and business communities.”
Music Row‘s current staff will remain intact, including Ross’ wife and partner Susana and Robert K. Oermann, who has appeared in MusicRow for most of its existence.