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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Rounder Records to digitally reissue hundreds of recordings.

October releases include key bluegrass albums by
 Norman Blake and Béla Fleck

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — On October 1, 2015, Rounder Records, a division of Concord Bicycle Music, will begin releasing hundreds of legacy albums into full digital distribution, making many songs available on streaming services for the first time. One new title will be announced each day via Rounder’s social media network, and each month a different musical genre will be featured, from reggae to children’s music, blues and zydeco. A Spotify playlist with one track from each album will be available at the end of each month as well.

Directed by Concord Bicycle Music SVP of Catalog Development Sig Sigworth, in conjunction with Rounder Records founder Bill Nowlin and VP of A&R Scott Billington, this carefully curated program taps Rounder’s legacy of over 3,000 albums of roots music from around the world. Sigworth comments, “Not only did we want to get these important records up and out globally across all digital platforms, but we also wanted to incorporate a marketing campaign to immediately connect, or re-connect, fans to this great Rounder catalog on a daily basis."

October will spotlight Rounder’s extensive bluegrass catalog, with releases by such significant artists as Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard, the Nashville Bluegrass Band, Norman Blake and Béla Fleck. Says Billington, “It was records such as Norman Blake’Whiskey Before Breakfast and Ricky Skaggs’s Family and Friends that put Rounder on the map, and that established the label’s high standard. It’s wonderful to see them fully available to new audiences.”

Title rollouts in coming months will include both popular albums, such as the Dirty Dozen Brass Band’s Live: Mardi Gras in Montreux and Laura Nyro’s Angel in the Dark, as well as deep catalog treasures from the likes of Alhaji Ibrahim Abdulai & the Master Drummers of Dagbon and selections such as Michael Doucet’s Le Hoogie Boogie: Louisiana French Music for Children.

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