Roots 'n' Boots

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More than a specific genre of music, Roots n' Boots is a place. A dusty highway where Hank Williams welcomes a hitchhiking Woody Guthrie into his long white Cadillac. Where Neil Young stops his old pickup long enough for Gram Parsons and Emmylou to hop in. An old saloon where George Jones buys one too many rounds for Wayne Hancock inside, while Willie Nelson shares a smoke with Steve Earle out back. A front porch where a firecracker like Neko Case can discover nobility in the plain talk of Loretta Lynn, and Merle Haggard unlocks the secrets of love and wanderlust for Alejandro Escovedo over a cold glass of iced tea. It's no secret that Roots n' Boots likes to rock. So we go into the cities and towns where kids play rock and roll with a country heart. Son Volt, The Bottle Rockets, and Whiskeytown come to mind. As do their fore bearers Jason & the Scorchers and the Long Ryders, who carried the torch when it wasn't cool. And Roots n' Boots loves new music. If it's new and it's got any kind of dust or dirt on it at all, chances are you'll hear it on Roots n' Boots first. Whether it's straight-up country, rockabilly, hillbilly, western swing, alt-country, roots rock, No Depression, depression, it doesn't matter. There's room for outlaws, preachers, rockers, and prophets. All you have to do is have a good story to tell, whether you tell it with a fiddle or a Fender is strictly up to you.
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