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astarkey on 06/02/2009 at 07:26PM

Explore the roots of American music on KEXP

Jason Isbell (photo by Ron Henry)

Every day KEXP spins a diverse mix of music, spanning many genres and styles, which you'll see reflected in our in-studio performances. In the evenings during the week, our DJs focus on specific genres like World, Hip Hop and Rockabilly to dig deeper each body of music. Recent additions to the FMA from KEXP show a lot of Americana, Folk and Country from artists exploring rock roots traditions, artists like Jason Isbell, formerly of the Muscle Shoals-founded Drive-By Truckers; Justin Townes Earle, the son of Steve Earle with a penchant for old-timey songs from the Carter Family and his other namesake, Townes Van Zandt; and Bobby Bare Jr., the son of Nashville legend Bobby Bare. These influences can also be heard in other artists not so directly linked to Country royalty, like Clem Snide, The Tallest Man on Earth, Blind Pilot and Cotton Jones. Take a stroll through the roots and influences of American music as there were performed live in the KEXP studio.

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