World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Rounder Records

Rounder Records
Parent company Concord Music Group
Founded 1970
Distributor(s) Decca Records[1]
Genre Various
Country of origin US
Location Nashville
Official website Official Web Site of Rounder Records

Rounder Records, originally of Cambridge, Massachusetts, but now based in Nashville, Tennessee ,[2] is an American independent record label, founded in 1970 by Ken Irwin, Bill Nowlin and Marian Leighton-Levy, while all three were university students. It once served as a major distributor and central sales location for other independent labels specializing in roots music, at one point representing as many as 450 other labels. In the 1990s, though, the company cut back on the distribution effort in order to focus on its own productions. In the early 2000s, shortly after the merger of the PolyGram and MCA label families, Rounder signed a manufacturing and distribution deal with Universal Music, which also purchased an interest in the label.

Starting with George Thorogood and the Destroyers.

One of the label's projects is the Alan Lomax Collection, a series of releases of the work of the pioneering ethnomusicologist and folklorist.

Among Rounder's artists, bluegrass superstar Alison Krauss (who had been with the label for the duration of her career) was offered a number of major label deals following her commercial breakthrough in the late 1990s, but Krauss opted to remain with Rounder. Rounder was one of the very first labels to become involved with compact discs, in 1985. In 2004, the company launched a book division known as Rounder Books.

Rounder formed a children's music division called Rounder Kids in the 1990s. Its current label roster is the Canadian children's entertainer Raffi Cavoukian.

In 2010, Rounder was purchased by the Concord Music Group. It will continue to be distributed by Concord.[3]


  • Notable artists 1
  • Subsidiary labels 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Notable artists

Subsidiary labels

  • Bullseye Blues
  • Dolphin Safe
  • Easydisc
  • Flying Fish
  • Grand Illusion
  • Greenhays
  • Heartbeat
  • Heavy Rotation
  • Henry Street
  • Hudson Music
  • Moon Junction
  • Philo
  • Rounder Select
  • Rounder Specials
  • Symmetry
  • Tone Cool Records
  • Trampoline
  • Upstart
  • Varrick
  • Vestapol
  • Zoë

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^
  3. ^

External links

  • Official site
  • The Never-Ending Revival: Rounder Records and the Folk Alliance by Michael F. Scully (University of Illinois Press, 2008)
  • Radio Interview with founders Marian Leighton Levy and Ken Irwin
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.