4. They know the right people. As Runner Runner began to amass a following, it hooked up with Recor, who has worked as a road manager for Loggins and Messina and other artists. Berry had played in the backup band for singer Lucy Walsh, Recor's stepdaughter, and she introduced Recor to Berry's group.
Recor recommended the band to friend and fellow industry veteran Jack Ponti, who runs Merovingian (MRV) Music, a label affiliated with EMI/Capitol Records. When Ponti expressed interest in Runner Runner, Recor and fellow Worldwide Pants partner Fred Nigro created C.E. Music to release the album.
If the above paragraph sounds like a music-industry mouthful, well, those are the connections that lift a band out of playing neighborhood bars.