Over the last four decades, a stubborn, curious Silver Lake music company called CMH has found a niche in the ever-competitive record business.
CMH stands for Country Music Heritage, but many of its projects in 2016 have little to do with picking or twanging.
Instead, while most labels patiently await an artist’s would-be masterpiece, CMH earns a lot of its income pumping out record after record based on other’s successes. The company scours the charts for hot songs and then records instrumental adaptations of them.
Ignored by some music snobs as cheesy profiteers of the creative music business,...