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John Strohm named President of Rounder Records, a division of Concord Music, a Barings Alternative Investments portfolio company

Nov 02, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  – Nashville, TN – Rounder Records, a division of Concord Music, one of largest integrated record and publishing companies in the world, announced today that John Strohm has been appointed President of the venerable American roots label.  Strohm will oversee management of Rounder’s day-to-day operations in Nashville, reporting to Concord Music’s Chief Label Officer, Tom Whalley. Former Rounder president, John Virant will remain in a senior creative role, working closely with Strohm and the Rounder staff.

Strohm brings a unique set of skills to Rounder with deep experience as both a professional recording artist and much-admired music attorney. He joins from Loeb & Loeb LLP, where, as Senior Counsel in their Music Industry practice since 2011 Strohm played a leading role in developing the careers of clients Bon Iver, Sturgill Simpson, Alabama Shakes, Dawes, Julien Baker, The Civil Wars and many others.  In his multi-faceted career in the music industry, Strohm brings a wealth of experience in music publishing, recording, distribution and emerging media.

Strohm’s career in music began when the aspiring songwriter and musician left his hometown of Bloomington, Indiana to attend Boston’s Berklee College of Music in the mid ‘80s.   After meeting fellow music obsessives Juliana Hatfield and Freda Love, Strohm formed the beloved college rock band Blake Babies, who released their 2001 album God Bless The Blake Babies for Rounder’s Zoë imprint.   He went on to play drums and guitar in The Lemonheads and released a string of well-regarded solo albums.  Strohm left professional music to attend law school, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2004 from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama, where he served as Editor-In-Chief of the Cumberland Law Review. 

John Strohm commented: “As a 30-year veteran of the independent music community, it’s an unbelievable opportunity to be named President of a label that has produced many of my favorite records over its distinguished nearly 50-year history.  I look forward to working with Tom Whalley, John Virant, and the label’s founders and staff to continue to build Rounder’s tradition of developing and promoting the works of groundbreaking roots artists.”

On making this appointment Tom Whalley said: “In addition to his rare experience as both a successful recording artist and a creative executive, John possesses impeccable taste and an inspired approach to championing talent.  We’re thrilled to welcome him to the Rounder family.”

Whalley added: “For many years, John Virant has guided Rounder to great success with tremendous grace and skill. We’re grateful for his countless contributions and pleased that he will play an important role in moving the soul of Rounder into the future.”

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 47 years. Its outstanding artist roster includes Steve Martin, Béla Fleck, Abigail Washburn, Sarah Jarosz, I’m With Her (Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan), Chris Hillman, Pokey LaFarge, George Thorogood, Sierra Hull, Raffi, Jerry Douglas, Earls of Leicester, The Time Jumpers and the late, great Gregg Allman, among many others.

Rounder Records
Concord Music

About Concord Music:

Concord Music is now one of the largest integrated music publishing and record companies in the world.  

With offices in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, Cleveland, London and Berlin, Concord Music maintains a diverse and vibrant roster of current recording artists, composers and songwriters, as well as a vast and historic catalog of some of the most treasured names in music history.

Concord Music's recorded music portfolio contains more than 10,000 active album recordings and includes no less than 244 GRAMMY® winners and 371 titles that have been certified by the RIAA as either gold, platinum, multi-platinum or diamond.   Concord Music’s record labels – Concord Records, Fantasy Records, Fearless Records, Loma Vista Recordings, Razor & Tie (including Kidz Bop) and Rounder Records – collectively release more than 100 new recordings per year within numerous musical genres.  Concord Music’s historical labels, which are managed by its Craft Recordings division, include such storied imprints as Milestone, Musart, Nitro, Pablo, Prestige, Riverside, Specialty, Stax, Telarc, Vee-Jay and Wind-up.

With the combination of The Bicycle Music Company and recent acquisition Imagem Music Group, there are over 380,000 copyrighted works in the music publishing catalogs owned by Concord Music.  These catalogs span nearly all musical genres and contain many of the world’s most celebrated compositions.   In addition to managing these catalogs, Concord Music supports a diverse group of current composers and songwriters who are continually creating exciting new musical works.  Concord Music’s publishing business is managed through five primary brands: Bicycle, Boosey & Hawkes, Imagem, Razor & Tie Music Publishing and Rodgers & Hammerstein.

Concord Music is wholly by Alchemy Copyrights LLC, an investment company that is owned by Barings Alternative Investments, Sound Investors and seventy institutional and individual partners, including forty members of Concord Music’s management team.  At the forefront of intellectual property valuation, acquisition and utilization, the Concord Music investment underscores the partners’ belief in the lasting and appreciating global value of superior original entertainment content. 

For more information, please contact: Regina Joskow – Rounder Records – rjoskow@rounder.com

Joel Amsterdam – Concord Music Joel.amsterdam@concordmusicgroup.com

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