Exposed Roots: Best of Alt. Country

Exposed Roots: Best of Alt. Country

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Exploring the wide range of stylistic bases and influences that define the alternative country movement, this two-disc set, EXPOSED ROOTS, does an admirable job with a vast subject. As with any survey, there are things to quibble over. Uncle Tupelo is conspicuous by their absence (licensing problems, perhaps?); and including

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Exploring the wide range of stylistic bases and influences that define the alternative country movement, this two-disc set, EXPOSED ROOTS, does an admirable job with a vast subject. As with any survey, there are things to quibble over. Uncle Tupelo is conspicuous by their absence (licensing problems, perhaps?); and including Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues" begs the question, Why not Hank Williams, or Jumpin' Bill Carlisle, whose late-'40s recordings sounded like nothing else coming out of Nashville? But standard bearers are well represented by Cash, Gram Parsons ("In My Hour of Darkness"), Steve Earle, and Jimmie Dale Gilmore; the next wave by Gillian Welch, the Jayhawks, Freakwater, Southern Culture on the Skids, and others. These are supplemented by an interesting array of compelling bands and solo artists that have made their mark along the way (Whiskeytown, Meat Puppets, Kelly Willis, BR5-49, et al.). Informed annotation by the coeditors of No Depression magazine -- alt country's other Bible -- places the players and the music in historical context.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Cub Koda
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.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/1999
Label:
K-Tel
UPC:
0022775642827
catalogNumber:
6428

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Cash   Track Performer
Jimmie Dale Gilmore   Track Performer
Kelly Willis   Track Performer
Steve Earle   Track Performer
Jayhawks   Track Performer
Meat Puppets   Track Performer
Gram Parsons   Track Performer
Lucinda Williams   Track Performer
Vic Chesnutt   Track Performer
Freakwater   Track Performer
Golden Smog   Track Performer
Southern Culture on the Skids   Track Performer
Alejandro Escovedo   Track Performer
Marlee MacLeod   Track Performer
Blue Mountain   Track Performer
Lambchop   Track Performer
Whiskeytown   Track Performer
Cheri Knight   Track Performer
Gillian Welch   Track Performer
BR5-49   Track Performer
Handsome Family   Track Performer
Gourds   Track Performer
Honeydogs   Track Performer
Tangletown   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Grant Alden   Liner Notes
Megan McGinley   Art Direction
Peter Blackstock   Liner Notes
Seth Zimmerman   Composer

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