Rock Ridge Music

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Rock Ridge Music
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Founded2004 (2004)
FounderTom Derr, Chris Henderson, Jason Spiewak
Distributor(s)ADA (Warner Music Group)
Country of originU.S.
LocationNashville, Tennessee

Rock Ridge Music is an independent record label and artist management company based in Nashville, Tennessee. Founded in 2004, it has signed, managed, and/or promoted artists including Reel Big Fish, Sister Hazel, Rachel Platten, Matthew Perryman Jones, Tony Lucca, Matt Hires, The Damnwells, Attack! Attack!, The Ike Reilly Assassination, Psychostick, and Fiction Family.


Rock Ridge Music was founded in 2004 by Tom Derr in Washington Crossing, PA along with partners Chris Henderson [1] and Jason Spiewak. CEO Derr was the former Vice-President of Marketing and Artist Development for Universal Records, and had also previously worked at RCA Records and A&M Records.[1] Chris Henderson, guitarist for modern rock group 3 Doors Down, joined in 2004 and went on to become Vice President of A&R for the label.[2] Based in Newark, NJ from 2007-2014, the company opened a Nashville, TN office at the beginning of 2014 and moved the base of their operation there in 2015.

In 2005, Cynthia Cochrane joined as a partner, serving as General Manager and Creative Director from 2006 to 2012.[3] She had previously held positions at Universal Motown Records Group, Capitol Records, Blue Note Records and BMG Music. Cochrane was named President in 2013 following Spiewak’s departure from the company.[2]

Rock Ridge Music's first release, The Ike Reilly Assassination's Sparkle In The Finish, hit stores on October 12, 2004.[1] The company was launched as a full-service independent record label and subsequently added management and marketing consulting services as well. The label has released albums from artists such as Reel Big Fish, Psychostick, Fiction Family, Rachel Platten and others. Management clients include Hugh Masterson, JD Eicher, Owen Danoff, Tony Lucca, Ike Reilly, George Shingleton, Anna Renee, Zena Carpenter and Roger Street Friedman as well as previous management roster acts such as Sister Hazel, Matt Hires, Pat McGee, Christian_Lopez_(musician) and Ingram Hill.[4]

Their marketing division, Rock Ridge Marketing, has worked with artists signed to a number labels, including majors such as J Records, Decca, A&M/Octone and RCA, and indies such as Chime Entertainment, TVT Records, and Razor & Tie. They have worked on campaigns for acts including Daughtry, Better Than Ezra, Collective Soul, Blackberry Smoke, Buckcherry, Barry Manilow and Rod Stewart.[4]


Rock Ridge Music distributes hard copies of music, merchandise, digital music, and other media internationally.[5] Their CDs are distributed by Alternative Distribution Alliance[1] (Warner Music Group).[6]

Selected discography[edit]

Artist Title Year Notes
Sister Hazel Chasing Daylight 2003
Five.Bolt.Main Complete 2006 "The Gift" reached #42 on Mediabase Active Rock chart on 3/28/06, #47 on R&R on 4/7/06[citation needed]
Psychostick We Couldn't Think Of A Title 2006 Track "BEER!!!" reached #37 on the Mediabase Mainstream Rock chart on 10/6/06, and #44 on the Mediabase Active Rock chart on 2/11/07[citation needed]
Five.Bolt.Main Live 2006
Kittie Never Again EP 2006
Chris Volz Redemption 2007
Bernie Williams Moving Forward 2009 #1 on the Jazz Radio chart (twice in 2010)[citation needed]
Cherry Poppin' Daddies Susquehanna 2009
Cherry Poppin' Daddies Skaboy JFK 2009
Rachel Platten Be Here 2011 #21 on the Billboard Adult Top 40 in 2011
Reel Big Fish Candy Coated Fury 2012 #80 on the Billboard 200 in 2012
Grace & Tony November 2013
Psychostick IV: Revenge Of The Vengeance 2014
The Damnwells The Damnwells 2015
Steve Forbert Compromised 2015
Riley Etheridge Jr. Secrets, Hope & Waiting 2016
Matt Hires American Wilderness 2016
Reel Big Fish Life Sucks...Let's Dance 2018

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Jane Cohen, Bob Grossweiner. "Industry Profile: Tom Derr". Celebrity Access. Retrieved 2013-07-17.
  2. ^ a b "Mission". Rock Ridge Music. Retrieved 2013-07-17.
  3. ^ "Cynthia Cochrane Named GM At Rock Ridge Music". All Access. April 22, 2009. Retrieved 2013-07-17.
  4. ^ a b "Services". Rock Ridge Marketing. Retrieved 2013-07-17.
  5. ^ "Music Inc. Sounds Aligns with Rock Ridge Music". Music Inc. Retrieved 2013-07-17.
  6. ^ Vasquetelle, Israel (January 8, 2011). "New Era Record Label and Music Industry Executive Interview: Jason Spiewak of Rock Ridge Music". Insomniac Magazine. Retrieved 2013-07-17.

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