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Roots, Boots, And Timeless Hit Songs

Roots & Boots Tour

It's a good thing the performers on the Roots and Boots tour don't try carrying along their award-winning records on the walls of the bus. There might not be room for the artists.

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Big Head Todd & The Monsters: Where Anything Can Happen

Big Head Todd & the Monsters

What sets this band apart from others in their genre? The memorable name, for one thing. And picture the music of a BHTM single (a selection one space-traveling fan specifically requested from Houston) zooming through the atmosphere for the purpose of waking up the astronauts in the Space Station. And sometimes they're a jam band, sometimes they're not.

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Town Mountain: Grass With Swagger

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The North Carolina band Town Mountain doesn't have to think twice when asked about their influences: they're "the Bluegrass triumvirate": Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, and Bill Monroe.

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The Two Tracks: A Sound Birthed in the Heartland

The Two Tracks
Two Tracks via Facebook

The Two Tracks, from just down the road in Sheridan, are at first glance six tracks shy of the classic eight-track format. But they put so much music in those two tracks you'll never miss the difference.

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Aaron Davis: The Mystery Inside the Machine

Aaron Davis
Eric J Reed

Aaron Davis, of the popular Jackson act Screen Door Porch, has a new side project these days: It's called Aaron Davis and the Mystery Machine. The Kentucky native has been described as the "Renaissance Man of song."

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Low Water String Band: A Paean to the Wyoming Wind

Low Water String Band
Brad Christensen

Relatively speaking, the Low Water String Band are the new kids on the block--and they hail from Wyoming as well. The quartet was created in Lander in 1912.

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Tallgrass: Soul, Well-Stomped in Dirt

Tallgrass
tallgrassband.com

If you want to cover all four bases of Americana and country music subject matter, it's hard to do better than Tallgrass's debut album "God, Sin, Whiskey, and Women."

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Cicada Rhythm: Southern Twilight With Punk-Dipped Roots

Cicada Rhythm
cicadarhythm.org

It seems like everywhere you go, you hear people saying good things about the Cicada Rhythm's newest album "Everywhere You Go." It's been stirring up good press for the Athens-based indie folk duo. American Songwriter was streaming it live even before its release.

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Head For The Hills: Creating Potions And Poisons

Photo Credit: Conrad Meye
Photo Credit: Conrad Meye

"There's no reinvention of the wheel here," says the band Head for the Hills of their newest album "Potions and Poisons." Instead, says one reviewer, the work builds "a little world of sound from the detritus of Bluegrass, jazz, hip hop, folk, and soul."

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The Black Lillies: Blurring The Boundaries Of Roots And Rock

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Black Lillies via YouTube

Despite the somber-sounding title of Black Lillies, the group can lay down a mean beat.

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