Rounder celebrates 40th anniversary at the Opry

Friday, August 28, 2009 at 2:00pm

One of the nation’s premier labels will be celebrating its 40th anniversary this fall at the Grand Ole Opry. Rounder — a Massachusetts-based company whose roster spans the idiomatic gamut from bluegrass and country to folk, blues and jazz — will hold a special celebration at the Opry Oct. 12 hosted by actress Minnie Driver.

Tickets are now on sale at all Ticketmaster locations as well as the Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium box offices, as well as the Gaylord Opry Hotel Attractions Desk. They can also be ordered by phone at 1-800-733-6779 or 1-800-745-3000.

The performing lineup includes multiple Grammy winner Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, country singer/songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter, banjo master and bandleader Bela Fleck and New Orleans soul queen Irma Thomas, plus other special guests. High Five Entertainment will be filming this for a public television special that will air in March 2010. Plus, a portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to NARAS’s Grammy in the Schools Program to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture.

The trio of Ken Irwin, Marian Leighton-Levy and Bill Nowlin started Rounder Records in 1970, when they were all college students in Boston. Now, in addition to being a premier indie label, Rounder captured the prestigious Album of the Year award at the 2009 Grammys for Raising Sand, the Alison Krauss/Robert Plant duet project.

Tickets: $35, $45, $55, $65