ROUNDER RECORDS is one of the world's most historic Americana and bluegrass record labels. Along with respected label Sugar Hill, Nashville-based Rounder continues to raise the bar for high-quality roots-based music, with critically acclaimed offerings from iconic artists Gregg Allman, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, Rush, Vince Gill’s Time Jumpers, as well as promising talents Sierra Hull, I’m With Her, Ruston Kelly, Pokey LaFarge, The SteelDrivers, and Susto, to name a few.
At the center of American roots music for over 40 years, Rounder Records was founded in 1970 and first struck musical gold with the 1975 release of J.D. Crowe & The New South (featuring future stars Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Douglas and Tony Rice), this seminal recording 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 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—a number of artists who got their start at Rounder are still recording with the label today, including Jerry Douglas, Béla Fleck, and George Thorogood. A leader in the preservation of precious historic recordings, Rounder has brought the music of the Carter Family, Lead Belly, Jelly Roll Morton, and Woody Guthrie back to vibrant life and released epic anthologies from the Library of Congress and the Alan Lomax Collection that have been universally acclaimed.
Rounder also oversees the Sugar Hill Records imprint. With deep roots in bluegrass, folk, country and Americana, Sugar Hill (established in 1978) has maintained a tradition of high integrity and extraordinary quality over its impressive history. Today, the eclectic Sugar Hill roster features acclaimed artists such as Sam Bush, Sarah Jarosz, Liz Longley, Bryan Sutton, and many more. A brief sampling from its classic catalog includes albums from Guy Clark, Robert Earl Keen, New Grass Revival, Nickel Creek, Tim O’Brien, Dolly Parton, Tony Rice, Doc Watson, and Don Williams.