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06 MAR 14 CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
Rounder Records, a division of leading independent music company Concord Music Group, today announced the completion of the company’s relocation from its longtime base of Boston, Massachusetts to its new home in Nashville, Tennessee. The region’s vibrant creative community and dynamic business environment offer Rounder an enormous opportunity to build on its legacy as one of America’s most revered music labels. Located in The Gulch, Nashville’s popular shopping and entertainment district, Rounder’s new headquarters (1209 Pine Street, Suite 100, Nashville, TN 37203) is centered in the heart of the city’s thriving metropolitan core.
A major force in a broad range of musical genres including Americana, bluegrass, country, folk, rock, Cajun/Zydeco and children’s music, Rounder Records has helped shape American roots music for over 40 years. Its outstanding artist roster includes Alison Krauss, Steve Martin, RUSH, Gregg Allman, Raffi, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Carlene Carter, Steep Canyon Rangers, Tony Trischka and rising stars such as J.D. McPherson, Della Mae and others.
Concord Music Group and Rounder are additionally delighted about the effort to broaden their presence in children’s entertainment, anchored by the recent acquisition of the beloved record label Music For Little People. The company will operate as an imprint under Rounder, which shares a long and complementary history in children’s music. A premiere children’s music showcase for 25+ years, Music For Little People releases have featured artists such as Willie Nelson, Faith Hill, Taj Mahal, Los Lobos, Laurie Berkner, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson, Pete Seeger and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, to name but a few. Music For Little People founder Leib Ostrow will continue to be an essential contributor to the label going forward. A slate of new projects is scheduled for release in 2014 and beyond.
Headed by President John Virant, Rounder’s Nashville team includes Vice President of A&R Scott Billington, newly appointed Vice President of A&R Tracy Gershon and Director of Project Management Eliza Levy. Rounder will continue to be supported by Concord’s integrated national sales and marketing services.
Rounder Records founders, Ken Irwin, Bill Nowlin and Marian Leighton Levy remain in the Boston area and continue to be actively engaged in the company, producing and consulting on various Rounder projects.
"Rounder has always been driven by the music, and we're thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute and be part of the Music City community,” said Rounder President John Virant.
“In many ways, the move to Nashville feels like a natural transition,” stated Concord Music Group President and CEO Glen Barros. “The region’s deeply rooted, artist friendly culture and its surrounding business community make it the ideal home for Rounder. Additionally, Music For Little People is a great label that will strengthen Rounder’s commitment to quality entertainment for children. We couldn’t be more excited about this next chapter in the company’s incredible story.”