Los Angeles native Laurel Parton, frontwoman and songwriter for Nashville-based garage-punk outfit Trauma Team, has joined BMI for performing rights representation. Drawing comparisons to Sonic Youth, The Pretenders, The Fall and The Who, Trauma Team's self-titled debut has been completed and will be released March 2004. The record was produced by the band with Todd Tidwell (Ladycop, The Lone Official), mastered by Jim Demain (Patty Loveless, Hank Williams, Jr.) and mixed by Roger Moutenot (Sleater-Kinney, Yo La Tengo). The band has also produced two music videos, and is seeking a record label home. Parton is the daughter of BMI Award-winning songwriter Candice L. Parton and cousin of BMI ICON Dolly Parton.
Pictured at the signing at BMI Nashville are Laurel Parton and BMI's Brian Tipton. photo by Caroline Davis