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A Happy Roots Rock Holiday

The December roots music schedule around Capitol Hill is lighter than usual, as artists take time off for the holidays and venues host private...

Big Sandy is Still Swinging After All These Years

It’s been 30 years since Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys started out as a hardcore rockabilly band. Since then they have broadened their...

Taking a New Path, Finding Her Voice

Rachel Baiman started playing violin when she was four, and she took to traditional fiddle music right away. By the time she reached high...

A Distinctive Voice Takes a New Direction

Iris DeMent’s 1992 debut album Infamous Angel immediately established her as a distinctive voice in roots music and a gifted songwriter, and it still...

Another Chapter in African-American Music

As a co-founder of the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dom Flemons helped change mainstream notions about old-time music, by highlighting the tradition of...

Gurf Morlix Honors a Songwriting Inspiration

Gurf Morlix has played with and produced records for many prominent artists with ties to the Austin music scene, including Robert Earl Keen, Lucinda...

Capitol Roots: Sarah Shook

Sarah Shook and the Disarmers made their first album on their own and released it themselves. “Sidelong” slowly built an enthusiastic following that caught...

The Revelers serve up a rich musical gumbo

In Louisiana, music isn’t something that you listen to on your phone. It’s a glue that holds communities together, along with dancing, food and...

NRBQ Keeps It Loose and Fresh

The American roots rockers NRBQ released their first record before Scott Ligon was born. He didn’t hear of them until he was 18, but...

Eaglesmith Soars Where Few Songwriters Go

Fred Eaglesmith grew up on a farm in Ontario. His family’s life was hard, but when they finally got a TV and he watched...