Railroad Earth is perhaps best known for its vast array of influences which include bluegrass, jazz, classic rock and traditional Irish, just for starters.
Derided in countless jokes, often by the very people that play it, the banjo just might be poised to show us why it really is the greatest instrument ever. Or, at the very least, to make a good case as to why it isn't the worst.
Music isn't a sport though the idea of a top 10 list can make it seem competitive. It isn't like that, of course, but there are some recordings that are, well, better than others.
Trampled by Turtles is a young string band with a surreal name and an unreal approach to bluegrass, folk and rock 'n' roll.
Known for their unpredictable, high-energy, country-fueled live performances, Kansas City band the Wilders more than lives up to its name.
Well, the numbers are in, and this year 88.1 KDHX has broadcasted music from well over 4,000 different albums released in 2011. Who knew that many albums were even released this year?