Compass Records, founded in 1995, pursues a unique musical and artistically diverse vision. Compass has emerged as one of the most respected independent labels in the music business. The label has pursued an ambitious path of growth including a very important one: providing a thriving haven of creativity for artists and a reliable beacon of quality for music fans. In 2006 Compass Records acquired the Green Linnet catalog and in 2008, the seminal Mulligan Records catalog, making Compass the place to go for Celtic and roots music and in 2017 acquired legendary folk/Americana label Red House Records.
Senior Nashville music critic Robert K. Oermann opined that “the entire roster is brilliant,” while the Wall Street Journal said, “Compass has established a distinctive sound and aesthetic in a town overflowing with talent and product.” Billboard Magazine called Compass Records “one of the greatest independent labels of the last decade.”
Over the course of hundreds of releases in folk, Celtic, bluegrass, Americana, adult pop/rock and jazz releases, Compass co-founders Alison Brown and Garry West have nurtured the label with attention to detail and a passion for a wide variety of music. As professional musicians themselves, Brown and West bring to Compass a unique mix of business know-how and sensitivity to the needs of recording artists. Operating from the former Music Row offices of the Glaser Brothers who spawned country music’s outlaw movement, they are helping to preserve and develop roots musical genres often overlooked by the mainstream entertainment culture.
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Compass Records Group
916 19th Ave. South
Nashville, TN 37212