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The Carolina Chocolate Drops Shine a Light on Country Music's Neglected Roots

"We listen to a lot of traditional music but we can only use it as it's relevant to us," Robinson says. Instead, the goal is to keep the "bare bones" of the original song and then incorporate their own varied influences.

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Adam Steffey: One More for the Road

If this isn't the best bluegrass record of the year, it's because Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt, and Chubby Wise have returned and formed the Undead Mountain Boys.

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The Music That Matters: Ralph Rinzler and Bill Monroe, Part Two

During the height of his career, Bill Monroe fielded a baseball team that would organize pickup games in each town in order to drum up publicity for that evening's concert.

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The Music That Matters Part One: Bill Monroe and Ralph Rinzler

In the late 1930s and 1940s, Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys were the biggest stars in country music, but when he appeared onstage at the 1963 Newport Folk Festival, he did so after a number of years spent toiling in relative obscurity.

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University of Illinois Press

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Rosanne Cash on Johnny Cash's List

Johnny Cash was a serious scholar of music, and this knowledge was reflected in his own work, which included covers of everyone and everything from Jimmie Rodgers to Nine Inch Nails, oldtime hymns to reggae.

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Louisiana Woman, Texas Troubadour

Need more duets in your life? Loretta Lynn and Ernest Tubb are among country music's best partnerships.

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Duke University Press

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Hockey Skatin’ Singing Cowgirls

Country music ain’t the sole purview of the southern part of the northern hemisphere: Canada has its share of fireside soul(ful) singers, too.

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Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver: Lonely Street

Doyle Lawson is no spring chicken, but he delivers traditional bluegrass music with the energy of a man half his age.

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King Wilkie: King Wilkie Presents: The Wilkie Family Singers

Imagine the Royal Tenenbaums as portrayed in a concept Americana album, only without Ben Stiller and Gwyneth Paltrow (trust us, it's better this way).

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Tift Merritt: Buckingham Solo

Alt-country songbird flies solo on an excellent live album.

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Fantasy

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You Can Call Her 'Dr.' Dolly Parton

With her honorary doctorate in hand, here's hoping she'll next broker peace in the Middle East, repair the economy, and explain the twisted plotlines of 'Lost' -- Lord knows, the woman is capable.

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Casa Nueva

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Music Road

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Chuck Mead: Journeyman's Wager

BR549 frontman and hillbilly heartthrob goes solo with great success.

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Thank the Lord for Marty Stuart and his Mullet

What better way to soothe modern worries than by taking in classic country music with a side of hillbilly humor?

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Casey Driessen: Oog

Is progressive five-string fiddle rock even a genre? It is now.

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Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press: Bluegrass & Beyond

One half of the Osborne Brothers delivers solid bluegrass and traditional high lonesome singing with the energy of a man half his age.


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