October marked a milestone for indie label, Rounder Records. The record company celebrated 40 years in the music industry with an anniversary concert on October 12 at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House, filmed for a PBS television special that will begin airing on the network in March 2010.
Grammy® winning Rounder artists Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bela Fleck and Irma Thomas performed at the celebration along with musical host, Minnie Driver, and special guests Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas and Jazz/R&B pianist, Henry Butler.
Steve Martin’s bluegrass show at the Ryman Auditorium the night before was also filmed and select performances from it will be included in the Rounder 40th PBS special. In addition, performances from Alison Krauss and Robert Plant’s 2008 CMT Crossroads will be included, as well as performances of Madeleine Peyroux’s 2009 concert in Los Angeles.
The event was filmed by High Five Entertainment and a portion of the ticket proceeds will be donated to NARAS’ Grammy® in the Schools Programs.