Steve Earle
Guitar Town
Slowheart
John Mellencamp

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During the mid-'80s, a generation of bands reacted to the slick, pop-oriented sounds of new wave by reverting back to the traditional rock & roll values of the '50s and '60s. By bringing rock back to its roots -- whether that was rock & roll, blues, or country -- the groups managed to sound like a fresh alternative, which brought them critical praise and heavy airplay from American college radio stations. Most of the leading bands of the era -- such as the Beat Farmers, Del Lords, the Long Ryders, and the Del Fuegos -- filtered many of their traditional values through the music of Creedence Clearwater Revival, but there was an equally large number of groups that simply worked in a "rootsy" fashion, without any direct influence outside of the concept of traditional rock and blues. In the late '80s, Roots Rock ceased to be a hip music in the American underground, but most of the bands continued to record and perform into the '90s. Throughout the '90s, a small number of new roots rockers emerged, although they weren't afforded the same exposure as their predecessors.

Roots Rock Artists Highlights

Steve Earle
Steve Earle
John Mellencamp
John Mellencamp
The Blasters
The Blasters
Doug Sahm
Doug Sahm
John Fogerty
John Fogerty
NRBQ
NRBQ

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Roots Rock Album Highlights

Guitar Town
Steve Earle
Guitar Town
Slowheart
Kip Moore
Slowheart
How Will the Wolf Survive?
Los Lobos
How Will the Wolf Survive?
Truth Decay
T-Bone Burnett
Truth Decay
The Longest Day
The Del Fuegos
The Longest Day
Bo-Day-Shus!!!
Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper
Bo-Day-Shus!!!

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Roots Rock Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Guitar Town Steve Earle
Half a Boy and Half a Man Nick Lowe
(Is Anybody Going To) San Antone Doug Sahm
Ain't Even Done With the Night John Mellencamp
Workin' on a Big Chill
Vince Gill
One Time One Night Los Lobos
(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding
Brinsley Schwarz
Dynamite Woman Doug Sahm / Doug Sahm & the Sir Douglas Quintet / The Sir Douglas Quintet
Rain on the Scarecrow John Mellencamp
Crumblin' Down John Mellencamp

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