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Rounder Records, originally of Cambridge, Massachusettsmarker, but now based in Burlingtonmarker, Massachusetts, is an independent record label founded in 1970 by Ken Irwin, Bill Nowlin and Marian Leighton-Levy, while all three were still university students. Rounder is now one of the biggest independent record labels in the United Statesmarker , with several specialized subsidiary labels. 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.

Starting with blues, blues-rock, string band, and bluegrass, Rounder has expanded to over 3,000 titles of folk, soul, soca, Cajun, and Celtic. The name was chosen partly because of its association with the band Holy Modal Rounders. The word rounder also means a hobo or tramp. One of their earliest successes was the blues-rock band 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 ethnomusiclogist 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. In April 2009, Rounder is releasing the highly anticipated solo effort from ex Styx frontman Dennis DeYoung "100 Years From Now".

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.

Artists (past and present)

Subsidiary labels a.k.a. The Rounder Records Group

  • Bullseye Blues
  • Dolphin Safe
  • Easydisc
  • Flying Fish
  • Grand Illusion
  • Heartbeat
  • Heavy Rotation
  • Henry Street
  • Hudson Music
  • Moon Junction
  • Philo
  • Rounder
  • Rounder Specials
  • Symmetry
  • Trampoline
  • Upstart
  • Varrick
  • Vestapol
  • Zoe

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