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Celebrating Rounder Records’ 40th Anniversary

Mar 6, 2010

I attended college in Worcester, Massachusetts in the late 1970's, when Rounder Records was beginning to make itself known as an indie label with which to be reckoned after almost seven years. Based then in Cambridge, Massachusetts, they had George Thorogood's first two albums, and that alone made them tastemakers in my book. They've seince moved to Burlington, Mass, and grown into a well-respected label.

Three decades have come and gone since then, and Rounder just released Rounder Records’ 40th Anniversary Concert, an album of the concert that celebrated the label’s 40 years in the music industry.   Recorded in October 2009 at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, the concert will also be presented as a PBS television special that will begin airing on the network in this month and released on DVD in May. 

The event is a superb exhibition of Rounder’s diverse roster, and features Grammy® winning Rounder artists Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bela Fleck, and Irma Thomas along with musical host Minnie Driver, and special guests Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas and Jazz/R&B pianist, Henry Butler.  The CD will include performances by these artists as well as select performances from Steve Martin’s banjo-playing show at The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, from Alison Krauss and Robert Plant’s 2008 CMT “Crossroads” special, and from Madeleine Peyroux’s 2009 concert in Los Angeles.

The event was filmed by High Five Entertainment, and a portion of the ticket proceeds were donated to NARAS’ Grammy® in the Schools Programs to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture. The Grammy® Foundation influences the lives of young people by opening the windows of opportunity that music can provide for their futures.

Jazz fans know that Rounder has been the home of Madeleine Peyroux, the talented singer-songwriter. She wows them in the concert with her renditions of "Don't Wait Too Long" and Leonard Cohen's "Dance Me to the End of Love".  Click here to listen to her version of the classic "Smile", with music by Charlie Chaplin (yes, that Charlie Chaplin) and lyrics by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons. The song closed her fine 2006 CD on Rounder, Half the Perfect World.