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Rounder Records Founders to Receive Kari Estrin Honors

 Suzanne KreiterSERFA is a four-day conference that gives artists, venues, and music professionals a chance to network and share their talents. Attendees hail from not only all around the Southeastern states, but from throughout the US and Canada. Rounder Records founders Marian Leighton Levy, Ken Irwin, and Bill Nowlin are to receive the Kari Estrin Founding President’s Award at the 8th Annual Southeast Regional Folks Alliance Conference to be held from May 13 – 17 in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

The SteelDrivers Unveil "The Muscle Shoals Recordings"

 The Music Shoals RecordingsNashville, TN -- The SteelDrivers’ innovative, soulful brand of bluegrass has made them one of the most successful bands on the contemporary bluegrass scene. The band, which has earned three Grammy nominations and garnered tremendous critical acclaim, has announced their fourth album for Rounder, The Muscle Shoals Recordings, which will be released on June 16, 2015.

Rounder Reissues "Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers"

Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler BrothersNashville, TN - Five years after it was released as a Cracker Barrel Old Country Store exclusive, Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers is finally available to the general public. The album, which was originally released in 2010, was awarded Album of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association and the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America.

Della Mae Preparing Sophomore Release on Rounder

Della MaeNashville, TN -- On May 12, 2015, Della Mae will release their second full-length set for Rounder. Della Mae expands upon the musical achievements of the group's widely acclaimed, Grammy-nominated 2013 breakthrough album This World Oft Can Be, which established the multi-talented female combo, which features Celia Woodsmith on vocals and guitar, Kimber Ludiker on fiddle and vocals, Jenni Lyn Gardner on mandolin and vocals, and Courtney Hartman on guitar, banjo and vocals, as a potent musical force.

New Gibson Brothers "Brotherhood" CD and Contest

 BrotherhoodComing February 24th will be the latest album from bluegrass music favorites, The Gibson Brothers. Their newest album, Brotherhood is accompanied with a Deering Banjo contest. To celebrate the upcoming release of The Gibson Brothers’ new album Brotherhood, Paste is partnering with Rounder Records and Deering Banjos to give away a custom banjo valued at $749.

Rounder Signs Award Winning Bluegrass Duo The Gibson Brothers

The Gibson BrothersNashville, TN -- The Gibson Brothers, one of the most acclaimed bluegrass bands on the scene, have signed a deal with Rounder Records, it was announced today by label co-founders Ken Irwin and Marian Levy. In the twenty years since they recorded their debut album, Underneath a Harvest Moon, brothers Eric and Leigh Gibson have become one of the most popular and critically lauded groups in contemporary bluegrass.

Douglas, Ickes, and Auldridge: "Three Bells" Album Due Sept 16

Mike Auldridge, Jerry Douglas, Rob IckesNashville, TN -- Three Bells will be released by Rounder on September 16, 2014. The album, a historic collaboration between fellow Dobro masters Jerry Douglas, Mike Auldridge, and Rob Ickes, marks a personally-charged landmark in all three gentlemen’s expansive bodies of work. In addition to marking the three musicians' first work together since 1994's Grammy-winning The Great Dobro Sessions, Three Bells features the final recordings of Douglas' and Ickes’ longtime friend and mentor Auldridge, who passed away on December 28, 2012, shortly after the recording sessions were completed.
first work together since 1994

From Boston to Nashville, Rounder Makes the Move

Rounder RecordsNashville, TN -- 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.

Tony Trischka To Release "Great Big World" February 4

Tony Trischka Great Big WorldTony Trischka, widely regarded as the most innovative banjoist of his generation, will release his 17th solo album, Great Big World, on February 4, 2014 (Rounder). Trischka's instrumental expertise and boundless imagination are as sharp as ever on Great Big World. One of the most ambitious and accomplished of the artist's career, the 13-track set is a deeply compelling showcase for his expansive instrumental talents, far-ranging musical interests and distinctive songwriting skills, as well as his sterling taste in collaborators.

The Game is on with Blue Highway Jan 21,2014

The Game“The Game,” the title cut of Blue Highway’s new album, is the tale of a rollicking gambler, stylistically kin to songs like the venerable “Wild Bill Jones,” and other bad man ballads. It is rife with recklessness, immoral behavior, and gunplay. It is the kind of stuff that abounds in the earliest bluegrass, yet is a new original song. It was written by Blue Highway’s Shawn Lane and Alison Krauss’ bass player Barry Bales, and sung by Lane with all the fierceness in his wild tenor voice.

Marian Levy on Rounder at International Country Music Conference

Rounder Records founders Ken Irwin and Marian Levy at ICMC 2010The International Country Music Conference (ICMC) is pleased that Marian Leighton-Levy of Rounder Records will once again be participating at ICMC. Previoulsy she supported Ken Irwin in the ICMC 2010 keynote dealing with the history of Rounder Records. Marian Levy’s presentation will have a tighter focus as she will be dealing with “Radcal Politics, The Counter Culture, And The Beginning Of Rounder Records.” Marian’s presentation will be particularly interesting in context of Ron Cohen’s and Si Kahn’s keynote presentation dealing the folk revivial, country music, and social justice. In addition, the Friday evening Studio B event will also fit nicely into such a context. Watch for an announcement of the Studio B event after the first of the year!

Rounder Records Relocating Main Offices to Nashville Area

Rounder RecordsThe little label that could and did and became the biggest and best indie label, especially for bluegrass music, is relocating their offices to Nashville, Tennessee. Rounder is now a subsidiary of the Concord Music Group and was based in Boston, Massachusetts. It was 43 years ago (October 22, 1970) that three unique individual college students came together to create something wonderful. Ken Irwin, Bill Nowlin and Marian Leighton-Levy created what became the premiere indie lable that covers a broad realm of musical styles. What started as an Americana or roots label has evolved into one of the most important independent labels in music today.

Bluegrass Icon James King Releasing "Three Chords and the Truth" Sept 30

Three Chords and the TruthOn September 30, 2013, Rounder will release Three Chords and the Truth, by legendary bluegrass singer James King. On this album, King, who is known as “the Bluegrass Storyteller,” offers his unique take on twelve songs from the country music canon, including compositions by Hank Williams, Don Gibson, Vern Gosdin, Leon Payne, Bobby Braddock & Curly Putnam, Warner Mack, Billy Joe Shaver, and Harlan Howard.

Woody Guthrie: American Radical Patriot Due October 22

American Radical PatriotBoston, MA -- Woody Guthrie may be more popular in the 21st century than he ever was in the 20th. The unexpected success of Mermaid Avenue — the 1998 and 2000 albums of Woody Guthrie lyrics set to music by Billy Bragg, Wilco and others —have sparked a resurgence of interest in Guthrie’s own recordings. Several fine anthologies have been released in this new century, but only this year has the ultimate treasure trove of the songwriter’s earliest recordings been unlocked and shared with the wider world.

Steep Canyon Rangers Tell The Ones They Love with New CD Sept 10

Tell The Ones I LoveWrapping up a busy summer touring the country with Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, the Steep Canyon Rangers are getting ready to release a new album on Rounder Records September 10th, and host the Mountain Song Festival in Brevard. The new album, Tell The Ones I Love finds the Steep Canyon Rangers in a unique situation, and one they don’t take lightly: “It took a lot of work for us to nose our way into the bluegrass world and become a de facto representative,” Sharp acknowledges, “and we think it’s a real responsibility.” With this new record, “we can be a bridge between the bluegrass crowd and a wider audience that may not be die-hard bluegrass fans.” Yet.

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