Merge Records


Record Label


Merge Records is an independent record label based in Durham, NC. Founded in 1989 by Laura Ballance and Mac McCaughan. Superchunk’s McCaughan and Ballance started Merge as a way to release their own music and the music of their friends. Merge Records has grown from a group of friends assembling 7”s in Ballance’s bedroom to become one of the most influential independent record labels in the country, releasing the work of artists such as: The Magnetic Fields, Neutral Milk Hotel, Lambchop, The Mountain Goats, Caribou, She & Him, Superchunk and many more. Merge Records will celebrate its 30th anniversary throughout 2019 with a subscription series, a multi-day festival in July, and more.


Laura Ballance


Nick Cain

Paul Cardillo

Mike Caulo

Katy Clove
Production Manager

Wilson Fuller

Walt Lilly

Mac McCaughan


Kevin Norris

Christina Rentz

Taylor Townes

Charlotte Walton

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