ROUNDER RECORDS is one of the world's most historic bluegrass and country 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, Heart and Raffi, as well as promising talents Sarah Jarosz, Pokey LaFarge, Sierra Hull and Noam Pikelny, 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), which 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 the label are with it today, including George Thorogood, Béla 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.