(Est. 1970) Rounder Records, founded by Ken Irwin, Bill Nowlin and Marian Leighton-Levy in Cambridge, Massachusetts, originally started with blues, blues-rock, string band, and bluegrass releases. One of their earliest successes came in the form of the blues-rock band George Thorogood and the Destroyers. Over the years, Rounder expanded to over 3,000 titles including folk, soul, soca, Cajun, and Celtic records. As Rounder grew as a company, it demonstrated a rare ability to do what few labels—major or independent—can do: nurture and develop artists' careers over the course of a series of albums. It is a vision shared, respected, and appreciated to this day.
Now based in Nashville, Rounder’s roster includes established artists Alison Krauss & Union Station, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, The Steep Canyon Rangers, Shelby Lynne, Raffi, Minnie Driver, and Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, as well as promising talents JD McPherson, HONEYHONEY, and Pokey LaFarge.