Music Attorney John Strohm On Streaming and What It Means For Independent Artists

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John Strohm means it when he says that he cares about the musicians operating to the left of the dial. He spent half of his career playing in critically-acclaimed and criminally underappreciated alternative bands like the Blake Babies (see video below), Antenna, and the Lemonheads, before moving on to get his law degree in the early 2000s. These days, Strohm is Senior Counsel at Loeb & Loeb in Nashville. He represents artists like GRAMMY-winning singer-songwriter Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver), and Gold-certified rock and rollers Alabama Shakes, whose Sound and Color was nominated for Album of the Year at this year's GRAMMY awards.

Most recently Strohm was a part of the team behind Sturgill Simpson’s 2014 breakout album, Metamodern Sounds of Country Music. It was cut for next to nothing (Simpson told American Songwriter it was “around $4,000”), and it was released via a non-traditional partner (Thirty Tigers). But an impressive online campaign allowed Metamodern to reach a wider audience, and it eventually rose to #8 on the Billboard Country charts. Simpson, who was also nominated for a 2016 GRAMMY (Americana Album of the Year),... Sign In to Keep Reading

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