Sony lassos Grady for Nashville

Exec to oversee division housing Dixie Chicks

Sony Music has tapped former DMZ Records boss John Grady to head up its Nashville division, following the ouster of former prexy Allen Butler and two of his top lieutenants as part of its worldwide restructuring scheme.

In his new post, Grady will run all day-to-day operations falling under the Nashville umbrella, including Columbia Nashville, Epic Nashville, Sony’s Americana imprint Lucky Dog and Monument, home to flagship act the Dixie Chicks.

Butler departed his post on Friday, along with executive VP and general manager Mike Kraski and senior veepee of A&R Blake Chancey. Label sources said former MCA Nashville A&R boss Mark Wright is on deck for the top A&R slot.

Grady was most recently president of DMZ, a joint venture between Columbia, producer T-Bone Burnett and helmers Joel and Ethan Coen, where he worked on albums from “O Brother, Where Art Thou” alum Ralph Stanley and the soundtrack from comedy “A Mighty Wind.”

Before that, he spent nine years as senior VP of sales, marketing and promotion at Mercury Nashville and later Lost Highway Records. He’s also held various marketing and promotion posts at Capitol, Arista and MCA Records.

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