Scott Weiland is growing up, and so are his ambitions. While he’s been known for wild and wooly behavior, his most recent move sees him maturely eying the future. Weiland has signed a deal with Sony/RED Distribution and New West Records to handle his very own independent label, Softdrive Records. The label started to take shape back in 2000, when Weiland began it as nothing more than a production team. By 2003 Weiland gave the project the name Softdrive and decided to shift its focus to putting out records. It now stands to reap the benefits of major label muscle while maintaining its indie feel and attention to detail. “Softdrive will provide an outlet for an eclectic group of artists to express themselves creatively, as well as achieve their personal and professional goals,” label General Manager Dana Dufine said in a statement. Weiland and partners Dufine and Douglas Grean have already signed LA pop-punk band the Actual and Nashville country newcomer Tommy Joe Wilson, while Weiland’s second solo album, due out on Softdrive, is also taking shape. The label’s first release is likely to be the Actual’s In Stitches, and is expected sometime early in 2007. New West is home to many alt-country artists like Steve Earle, Old 97’s, Ben Lee, and Drive-By Truckers.
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