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06 MAR 14 CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
Rounder Records, a division of leading independent music company Concord Music Group, today announced the completion of the company’s relocation from its longtime base of Boston, Massachusetts to its new home in Nashville, Tennessee. The region’s vibrant creative community and dynamic business environment offer Rounder an enormous opportunity to build on its legacy as one of America’s most revered music labels. Located in The Gulch, Nashville’s popular shopping and entertainment district, Rounder’s new headquarters (1209 Pine Street, Suite 100, Nashville, TN 37203) is centered in the heart of the city’s thriving metropolitan core.
A major force in a broad range of musical genres including Americana, bluegrass, country, folk, rock, Cajun/Zydeco and children’s music, Rounder Records has helped shape American roots music for over 40 years. Its outstanding artist roster includes Alison Krauss, Steve Martin, RUSH, Gregg Allman, Raffi, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Carlene Carter, Steep Canyon Rangers, Tony Trischka and rising stars such as J.D. McPherson, Della Mae and others.
Concord Music Group and Rounder are additionally delighted about the effort to broaden their presence in children’s entertainment, anchored by the recent acquisition of the beloved record label Music For Little People. The company will operate as an imprint under Rounder, which shares a long and complementary history in children’s music. A premiere children’s music showcase for 25+ years, Music For Little People releases have featured artists such as Willie Nelson, Faith Hill, Taj Mahal, Los Lobos, Laurie Berkner, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson, Pete Seeger and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, to name but a few. Music For Little People founder Leib Ostrow will continue to be an essential contributor to the label going forward. A slate of new projects is scheduled for release in 2014 and beyond.
Headed by President John Virant, Rounder’s Nashville team includes Vice President of A&R Scott Billington, newly appointed Vice President of A&R Tracy Gershon and Director of Project Management Eliza Levy. Rounder will continue to be supported by Concord’s integrated national sales and marketing services.
Rounder Records founders, Ken Irwin, Bill Nowlin and Marian Leighton Levy remain in the Boston area and continue to be actively engaged in the company, producing and consulting on various Rounder projects.
"Rounder has always been driven by the music, and we're thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute and be part of the Music City community,” said Rounder President John Virant.
“In many ways, the move to Nashville feels like a natural transition,” stated Concord Music Group President and CEO Glen Barros. “The region’s deeply rooted, artist friendly culture and its surrounding business community make it the ideal home for Rounder. Additionally, Music For Little People is a great label that will strengthen Rounder’s commitment to quality entertainment for children. We couldn’t be more excited about this next chapter in the company’s incredible story.”
03 MAR 14 CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
Beginning today elbow’s sixth studio album, The Take Off and Landing of Everything is available for purchase a full week before it’s official March 11th, 2014 release date. This iTunes premiere offers the band’s passionate stateside supporters an early opportunity to experience the album in its entirety (individual tracks available for download March 11th.) Purchase the album here: iTunes.com/elbow.
The new album is already generating raves. Q Magazine’s April cover story includes a glowing 5 STAR album review that states: “The Take Off and Landing of Everything is the perfect expression yet of everything that is elbow. As their best album to date, it will lift your heart and fill your soul…This is the sound of a band throwing their arms around the world.” MOJO’s 4 STAR review similarly asserts: “Theirs is the graceful ability to elevate the everyday.”
elbow have been accepted for Clear Channel’s Artist Integration Program for the month of March. As a result, The Take Off and Landing of Everything will be receiving critical exposure in the coming weeks. For instance, single "New York Morning" will be included in the "iHeartRadio New Music Channel" on iHeartRadio.com.
The Take Off and Landing of Everything (Fiction/Concord Records) was recorded at Real World Studios and at the band’s facilities at Blueprint Studios in Salford, England. As with previous albums, the million selling The Seldom Seen Kid and platinum follow-up build a rocket boys!, it was produced by the band’s keyboardist Craig Potter.
elbow will be making a welcome return to North America in support of The Take Off and Landing of Everything. On May 11th, the Manchester five-piece will be embarking on their nationwide tour in Washington, DC, and will wind up at The Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles on May 28th.
For a complete list of tour dates and more details go to: www.elbow.co.uk.
26 FEB 14 CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
In what's building up to be the most entertaining and comical pledge break in recent memory (or perhaps the history of pledge breaks?) on PBS through their Great Performances series starting March 4th (you can check local listings at pbs.org/gperf), Concord Music Group is brimming with excitement for Steve Martin's new live set and accompanying tour, featuring songs from his GRAMMY-winning albums with remarkable musical companions Steep Canyon Rangers and charming co-songwriter Edie Brickell. The concert features two hours of immensely entertaining comedy and music, plus previously unreleased material.
In case you haven't noticed, Martin has been hitting some incredibly high notes to start 2014, having recently received both a GRAMMY and an honorary Academy Award. Martin will continue his hot streak with a five-month long tour, alongside the Rangers and Brickell, starting March 14th in Santa Cruz, CA. Tour dates for upcoming shows are now available. In the meantime, you can see what all the buzz is about by viewing a segment from the concert: "Pretty Little One."
14 FEB 14 CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
Concord Music Group hearts you. To prove it, we've assembled a playlist via YouTube containing our most romantic and vibrant offerings. Included are videos from Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell with lively number "Pretty Little One," elbow with spirited new single "New York Morning," Paul McCartney with a fun impromptu rendition of "New," Valerie June with a mesmerizing performance of "Somebody to Love," and more.
For additional Valentine-friendly music, you can also check out Sweetheart 2014, our new compilation featuring Beck, Vampire Weekend, Jim James, Valerie June, Fiona Apple, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, and others, filled with sensual, memorable ballads. Spread the love, and happy listening.
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