For forty years, Rounder Records has been on a singular mission, recording a glorious range of American roots music, bluegrass, New Orleans R&B, old time fiddling, singer-songwriter, blues, country, rockabilly, roots rock, Cajun and a few that cross enough boundaries to be genres of their own.
On 12th October, Rounder Records will release The Rounder Records Story, a 4 CD box set that includes 87 songs (see complete list below) selected to tell the label’s 40 year story and show the true breadth of their catalog. From the old time folk music of Ola Belle Reed to the Grammy sweeping triumph of Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, it is fascinating to hear both the underlying consistencies and the ongoing evolution of the label’s vision.
The list of musicians includes many of the defining names in roots music. The discs are arranged by decade, and the package also includes extensive notes by Washington Post journalist Geoff Himes in a 100 page book.
1. Old Home Place / J. D. Crowe and the New South
1. Birches / Bill Morrissey
1. Frosty / Clarence Gatemouth Brown
1. Don’t Wait Too Long / Madeleine Peyroux