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PBS snags Rounder anniversary concert

Monday, February 22, 2010 – PBS will broadcast "Rounder Records 40th Anniversary Concert" in March as part of their March fund drive programming. Filmed in October 2009 at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, the concert was a celebration of Rounder's 40 years in the music industry and featured Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bela Fleck and Irma Thomas along with musical host, Minnie Driver, and special guests Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas and jazz/R&B pianist, Henry Butler.

The special will also include performances from Steve Martin's show at The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville from Krauss and Robert Plant's 2008 CMT "Crossroads" special and from Madeleine Peyroux's 2009 concert in Los Angeles.

Some songs from the anniversary concert include Krauss & Union Station's performance of the song Restless from "Lonely Runs Both Ways," Carpenter's performance of her hit He Thinks He'll Keep Her, Martin's performance of songs from his album "The Crow," Fleck tearing it up with Jerry Douglas on a song from the early Rounder Fleck recording Duets and a rousing grand finale that blended blues, R&B, zydeco, country, and bluegrass during a gospel medley of Angels Watching Over Me, I'll Fly Away and Down By The Riverside.

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