After six decades in business, music talent agency Buddy Lee Attractions has closed its doors, MusicRow is reporting.
BLA CEO Donna Lee confirmed to MusicRow the closing of the agency first created in 1964 as Aud-Lee Attractions, and then renamed Buddy Lee in 1968 after Donna Lee’s father purchased the Nashville Agency. Buddy Lee was once the agent for Hank Williams Jr. and has developed and represented the biggest names in country music, including George Strait, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks and the Dixie Chicks.
Buddy Lee is credited with building a touring circuit for country talent at state fairs and helped Nelson organize the first Farm Aid concert. He passed away in 1998 at the age of 65.
BLA’s maintained an office on Nashville’s famed Music Row and employed a staff of 12 and clients that included Andy Griggs, Michelle Wright, Jamie O’Neal, Mark Collie, Darryl Worley, Presley & Taylor, Ricochet, Ty Herndon, and more. It’s unclear what will happen to the company’s agents, which include Mike Meade, David Kiswiney, Steve Peck, Joan Saltel, Anthony Wozniak, Jimmy Dasher, Aura Guadagno, Amy Aylward, Tayler Bock, and Jon Sayles.