Clay Hunnicutt Named GM of Big Machine Records


Jim Weatherson, who is vacating the role, will remain at the label during the transition and then act as consultant and synergy agent.

Clay Hunnicutt is joining the Big Machine Label Group team as GM of the Big Machine Records imprint, the company announced Monday (Aug. 12).

“I have worked with Clay Hunnicutt throughout my career on the radio side and record side,” BMLG president and CEO Scott Borchetta said in a statement. “He is a consummate professional with a tireless work ethic and boundless creativity. He is the perfect complement to our executive team and I’m sure he will turn great results.”  

Hunnicutt will oversee releases by the label's artists, including Reba McEntire, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Midland, Carly Pearce, The Cadillac Three, Noah Schnacky, Payton Smith, Lauren Jenkins and Dan Smalley. He succeeds Jim Weatherson, who will remain at Big Machine during the transition and then “act as consultant and synergy agent,” according to a press release.

“Scott Borchetta and I have talked about working together for years and it’s exciting that we were finally able to put it together, especially during such a dynamic time for Big Machine,” Hunnicutt added. “There’s an amazing team already in place and I can’t wait to jump in and see where we can take the Big Machine artists together.”

The news comes after Hunnicutt’s departure as president and partner at Nashville-based independent label Big Loud in July. Previously, he spent 27 years in radio including stints at Clear Channel and iHeartMedia.