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BEST Record Label

2001 BEST Record Label

Rounder Records


For 30 years, Rounder has steadily churned out quality tunes from its Cambridge-based bunker. Rounder has a sixth sense for picking rising stars like Canadian folk songstress Sarah Harmer and nurturing steadies such as Roomful of Blues. A roots music… read more»

2000 BEST Record Label



Heartbeat has grown to be the definitive source for both new and traditional Caribbean, specifically Jamaican music. By gaining access to never-heard material from reggae legends like Coxsone Dodd, the Wailers, and the Skatalites, Chris Wilson and his label helped… read more»

1999 BEST Record Label, Local

Slow River

A joint venture with Rykodisc, indie label Slow River was started in 1995 out of head honcho George Howard’s Providence apartment. Now headquartered in Salem, Slow River releases some of the most impressive sounds around, from the bluesy growl of… read more»