Oh Boy Records, the independent label founded in 1981 by songwriter John Prine and his manager Al Bunetta, has announced their exclusive music distribution partnership with Thirty Tigers. On May 13 Thirty Tigers officially started managing the worldwide distribution of Oh Boy's physical and digital catalogue, as well as upcoming projects. Prine says of the partnership, "We get to make the music we want to, in the way we always have, with support from a company that works with many other independent artists I admire."
Oh Boy Records and Thirty Tigers are both based in Nashville, TN, which will make for a close working relationship. "There are a few moments in this business that I will always remember, and I'll put right at the top of the list when I found out that we were being bestowed the honor of fighting for the music of John Prine," says Thirty Tigers Founder David Macias. "The wit, the empathy, the songwriting perfection have been the North Star for so many artists, and his music has meant so much to me personally. I can't wait to get started."
Founded at a time when artist-run labels were extremely rare, Oh Boy Records has become a respected independent label in the business. In 2015, after the sudden passing of Al Bunetta, Prine became the sole owner and President of OBR. Now a family run company, John's wife, Fiona Whelan Prine, is Managing Partner, and oldest son, Jody Whelan, is Director of Operations. Supporting Jody with day-to-day operations is Eileen Tilson, Director of Marketing. Whelan agrees, "We're very excited to start working with Thirty Tigers. Oh Boy Records is a label dedicated to songwriters and their craft, and Thirty Tigers will help support us in sharing our catalog with fans all over the world. And we've got some great new projects that we can't wait to announce!"