Various Artists

Exposed Roots: Best of Alt. Country

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This two-disc compilation is subtitled "the best of alternative country" and brings together 24 performances from artists who are a little bit country, a little bit rock & roll, and sometimes a whole lot of both. A nice selection of big to recognizably big names aboard (Johnny Cash, Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch, Gram Parsons, Vic Chesnutt, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Steve Earle, BR-549, Meat Puppets) makes this a far more interesting collection of music than what's being programmed on your local "hot young country" radio station at the moment. A compilation that shows just how connected country and punk rock truly are.

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