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Uprooted: Best of Roots Country Singer/Songwriters
Uprooted-Best of Roots Coun
Uprooted: Best of Roots Country Singer/Songwriters
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
 
  •  Track Listings (14) - Disc #1

This enjoyable and enlightening 14-song compilation sheds much-needed light on alternative country--both the music and term itself--and includes few, if any, weaknesses. As the notes explain, Uprooted highlights alt-countr...  more »

      
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This enjoyable and enlightening 14-song compilation sheds much-needed light on alternative country--both the music and term itself--and includes few, if any, weaknesses. As the notes explain, Uprooted highlights alt-country's notable artists and also displays the breadth of the genre, which has come to include any country-flavored music that is not contemporary Nashville swill. You'll find Earlesque roots-rock (Kevin Gordon), straight-up Hank (Wayne Hancock) or Hag (Dale Watson), delicate folk (Tom Russell and Iris DeMent), Texas prairie music (Don Walser), chimey country-pop (Ana Egge), brooding rock (Trish Murphy), contemporary bluegrass (Gwil Owen), outlaw (Libbi Bosworth), and progressive singer-songwriter (R.B. Morris). Paul Burch's superb "Jackson, TN" seems to owe as much to Roy Acuff as anyone else. Kelly Willis, a major-label refugee, enlists the support of acoustic Son Volt; meanwhile, Robbie Fulks, a major-label newcomer in 1998, recalls Nashville's prime with slippery vocal twang and unadorned lyrics. --Marc Greilsamer

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Looking For Something Different?
Anne Yancey | Richmond, VA | 05/01/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"If you are tired of the "country" played on the radio then pick this album up. It includes all the things that make country, country, fiddles, steel guitars, etc. I found it a good introduction to artists I wasn't familiar with and have gone on to buy their albums. Enjoy!"
Refreshingly rootsy and honest
Anne Yancey | 06/28/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Some of these songs are much better than others, but on the whole this compilation is a great sampling of contemporary roots country, happily devoid of "alternative" cheek and/or Nashville-style fluff. A great starter kit for those just turning on to country music."