Sugar Hill Music was founded in Durham in 1978 by Barry Poss, a Duke University graduate with a love of traditional music. Welk Music Group, a California company that also owns Vanguard Records, acquired Sugar Hill in 1998.
Kevin Welk, president of Welk Music Group, said, “This move enables us to further our mission statement of being the premier roots label.”
The label, which has a long roster of artists that ranges from Dolly Parton to Nickel Creek to The Gourds and The Duhks. In 2006, two of its artists took home Grammys: Tim O’Brien for Best Traditional Folk Album, and The Del McCoury Band for Best Bluegrass Album.