Sugar Hill Records
|Sugar Hill Records|
|Parent company||Welk Music Group|
|Founder||Barry Poss, David Freeman|
|Country of origin||U.S.|
|Official website||Sugar Hill Records.com|
Sugar Hill Records is an American bluegrass and Americana record label. It was founded in Durham, North Carolina in 1978 by Barry Poss with assistance from David Freeman, the owner of County Records and Rebel Records.  Poss acquired full control of Sugar Hill in 1980 and owned the label until 1998, when he sold it to the Welk Music Group, owner of Vanguard Records. Poss stayed on as president, and in 2002 was promoted to chairman. Sugar Hill remained in Durham until 2007, when Poss moved the label to Nashville, Tennessee. Among the many notable artists who have released albums on the label are Nickel Creek, Doc Watson, Townes Van Zandt, Ricky Skaggs, Guy Clark, Sam Bush and Dolly Parton. One of Parton's albums for Sugar Hill, Halos & Horns (2002), included a song called "Sugar Hill", which she wrote as a tribute to the label. In 2008, Welk Music Group appointed EMI as distributor of its labels including Sugar Hill.
Sugar Hill artists have won a series of Grammy Awards for Best Bluegrass Album, including:
- 1992, Carl Jackson and John Starling for Spring Training
- 1994, The Nashville Bluegrass Band for Waitin' for the Hard Times to Go
- 1995, Jerry Douglas and Tut Taylor (producers) for The Great Dobro Sessions
- 1996, The Nashville Bluegrass Band again for Unleashed
- 1997, Todd Phillips (producer) for True Life Blues - The Songs of Bill Monroe
- 2001, Dolly Parton, Steve Buckingham (producer) and Gary Paczosa (engineer/mixer) for The Grass Is Blue, Parton's first release on the label
- 2006, The Del McCoury Band for The Company We Keep
The label's Grammy-winning artists in other categories include:
- 2002, Parton's song "Shine" from the album Little Sparrow won the Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance
- 2003, Alison Krauss (producer), Gary Paczosa (engineer/mixer) and Nickel Creek won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album for This Side
- 2006, Tim O'Brien's Fiddler's Green album (2005) won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album
- 2007, Bryan Sutton won the Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance for his duet with Doc Watson on "Whiskey Before Breakfast", from Sutton's 2006 album Not Too Far From the Tree
- 2010, Marty Stuart won the Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance for his song "Hummingbyrd", from his album Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions
Artists currently or formerly with Sugar Hill
(alphabetical (by last name for single artist))
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