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Jim Bateman, Owner, Real Record, Inc

Jim Bateman has served as Vice President of the National Academy Of Recording Arts & Sciences, the Grammy organization; was appointed by Governor Roemer to the Louisiana Music Commission, and has been honored by the Bogalusa Blues And Heritage Festival as a selectee to their Hall Of Fame.

Real Records, Inc. was incorporated in 1976 to manage and produce Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown (“Okie Dokie Stomp”), John D. Loudermilk (“Tobacco Road”), Hoyt Garrick (“New Orleans Ladies”), and David Craig (“Bootleggin'”).  Bateman formed the company following his stint as Vice President and original studio manager of Bogalusa, Louisiana’s acclaimed “Studio In The Country.” ‘Kansas’s’ breakthrough album with the hit single “Carry On My Wayward Son” was recorded there, as was their follow-up hit, “Dust In The Wind.”

‘Gatemouth’ Brown’s 1976 LP, “Blackjack” was critically acclaimed, and his 1982 release, “Alright Again!” was awarded the Grammy in 1983 for Best Traditional Blues Album of 1982–he was the first recipient in the inaugural year of that category.  Both recordings originated from Studio In The Country as Real Records productions.

Bateman later managed Chris Thomas King during a critical phase of his career–his acting debut in the movie ‘O Brother Where Art Thou?’  King was awarded a Grammy along with other recording artists for their participation in the movie’s multi-platinum selling soundtrack album.

Bateman managed acclaimed songwriter Bobby Charles (“Walking To New Orleans,” ‘”See You Later Alligator,” “The Jealous Kind,” “But I Do,”…) from the ‘mid-’80s until his death in 2010. His management of Brown and Loudermilk began in the ’70s and endured throughout their lifetimes.

Garrick and Craig had multiple songs recorded by legendary artists ‘Gatemouth’ Brown and ‘Memphis Slim.’  Garrick’s “New Orleans Ladies” was the single and top 40 hit from ‘Louisiana’s Le Roux’s’ inaugural 1978 self-titled LP.

Along with Michelle Cothern, Bateman managed the ‘Benjy Davis Project,’ best known for their song “Sweet Southern Moon,” featured in a regional Abita Beer television commercial, and their college party hit, “Louisiana Saturday Night.”

Bateman continues to produce and creatively guide recording artists and is actively involved in music publishing.