The Bluegrass Situation: Roots Culture Redefined

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Shout & ShineSep 1, 2017

A queer Jew from Brooklyn seems like the most unlikely candidate to front a country band, right? If you factor in Karen Pittelman’s past experience singing and performing punk and queercore, her current old country-influenced, honky tonk-inspired group, Karen & the Sorrows, seems even more implausible. Addressing these kind of assumptions about who “owns” country…

Shout & ShineJul 28, 2017

Sam Gleaves and Tyler Hughes are very proud to have grown up in southwestern Virginia, a swathe of Appalachia that birthed the Carter Family, the Stanley Brothers, Jim & Jesse McReynolds, and so many more icons of roots music. Released in June, their self-titled duo album is a collection of old-time, traditional country, and mountain…

Shout & ShineMay 19, 2017

To be in roots music is to be infatuated with its “good ol’ days,” with its forefathers, and with tradition. Almost any change -- stylistic or cultural -- is debated. The labels on album spines and headstocks are just as important as the labels given to each other. After all, any genre within roots music…