Rounder retrospective box set due in October

Rounder Records has announced the October 12 release of The Rounder Records Story, a 4 CD box set that covers the 4 decades of alternative, folk, bluegrass, blues and rock music the pioneering label has released in its 40 year history.

The 4 discs are collated by decade, and the set includes a 100 page booklet with extensive notes and commentary from Geoff Himes, long-time pop music writer for The Washington Post.

It would take a full page to list all the artists whose previously-released tracks are collected here. David Grisman, Alison Krauss, JD Crowe & The New South, Tony Trischka, Keith Whitley, Jerry Douglas, Johnson Mountain Boys, Longview, Rhonda Vincent, Tony Rice, Dailey & Vincent, Blue Highway and The Grascals are all represented on the bluegrass side of the ledger.

Folk artists like Rory Block, Ola Belle Reed and Nanci Griffith make an appearance, as do blues-rockers George Thoroughgood & the Destroyers and Roomfull Of Blues. It’s quite a varied compilation, with plenty of great music for any diverse musical taste.

More details and audio samples should be available soon on the Rounder web site.

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