With over 3,000 releases from a wide variety of mostly roots-based musical genres, ROUNDER is now based in Nashville and includes respected bluegrass and country label Sugar Hill. The roster includes established artists such as Gregg Allman, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, Sara Evans, Vince Gill’s Time Jumpers, Heart, Jewel, Rush and Raffi as well as promising talents Sarah Jarosz, Pokey LaFarge, Sierra Hull, Noam Pikelny and The SteelDrivers.
At the center of American roots music for over 40 years, ROUNDER RECORDS was started by three
Cambridge, Massachusetts college students (Ken Irwin, Marian Leighton Levy and Bill Nowlin) armed with only their passionate enthusiasm for all things musical. Their 1975 release of J.D. Crowe & the New South (featuring
future stars Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Douglas and Tony Rice) revitalized bluegrass music and inspired a generation of artists including Rounder’s own Alison Krauss, the most decorated female artist in the history of the GRAMMY®
Awards. Her collaboration with Led Zeppelin front man Robert Plant on the album Raising Sand emerged as a
major critical and word-of-mouth success story. It’s been certified platinum and won five GRAMMY® Awards including Album and Record of the Year. Rounder has consistently demonstrated a commitment to nurture and develop careers over the long haul and a number of artists who got their start at the label are with it today including George Thorogood, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush and Mark O’Connor. A leader in the preservation of precious historic recordings, Rounder has brought the music of Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Jelly Roll Morton and the Carter Family back to vibrant life and released epic anthologies from the Library of Congress and the Alan Lomax Collection that have been universally acclaimed.