Independent music company Reservoir Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: RSVR) has signed a global publishing deal with five-time Grammy-winning artist Joe Walsh. The deal includes hits from Walsh’s catalog as a solo artist and as a member of groups like the Eagles and the James Gang, as well as future works.
In an email today to DMN, Reservoir announced a global publishing deal with guitarist, singer, and songwriter Joe Walsh. Reservoir’s Executive Vice President, Global Creative Director Donna Caseine hailed Walsh as ‘a member of one of the most influential and best-selling bands of all time.’
“Joe’s expansive catalog is one that will continue to connect with listeners for a long time to come. It is an honor to partner with Joe, and we look forward to supporting him in all his future endeavors,” said Caseine.
Walsh entered mainstream music as the frontman and hitmaker of James Gang, co-wrote tracks for the Eagles, and earned acclaim as a solo artist.
Adding to the statement announcing the publishing deal, Walsh said, “It is such a pleasure to be partnered with a team who are hands-on and personal and have shown their passion for and dedication to my work. I look forward to a great partnership and future with Reservoir.”
Walsh’s first album as a member of the Eagles, Hotel California, has been certified 26x-Platinum and sold over 32 million records worldwide.
Kansas-native Walsh also co-wrote tracks across the Eagles’ albums The Long Run and Long Road Out of Eden, with hits like In The City. In addition to his success with the Eagles, released several solo albums, including The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get, and But Seriously Folks, which feature co-writes by Walsh, including the hits Rocky Mountain Way, Life’s Been Good, and A Life of Illusion.
Walsh’s first three albums as part of the James Gang appeared on the Billboard Top 200 in the late 60s and early 70s. The albums featured multiple hit tracks co-written by Walsh, such as Funk#49 and Walk Away.
Reservoir’s deal with Walsh represents another one in a stream of many publishing agreements and catalog acquisitions the company has announced this year. In 2023 alone, publicly-traded female-founded Reservoir secured the rights to several veteran musicians’ catalogs.
Just last week, Reservoir announced it had acquired the catalog of songwriter and producer Rudy Perez. That announcement was preceded by Reservoir’s catalog acquisitions of Rock artist Greg Kihn, members of the band The Spinners, writer/rapper Armani White, hip hop producer Mannie Fresh, living jazz icon Sonny Rollins, and ‘Runaround Sue’ singer-songwriter Dion DiMucci.
Launched in 2007, New York-based Reservoir has grown to represent over 150,000 copyrights and 36,000 master recordings, with titles dating back to 1900. Reservoir also represents recorded music through Chrysalis Records, Tommy Boy Records, and Philly Groove Records, and manages artists through its ventures with Blue Raincoat Music and Big Life Management.