Aside from the expansive light show and jam-band aesthetic, Yonder Mountain String Band is as blue as the grass of Kentucky.
Whether he's singing a song written over 100 years ago or penning his own tunes, St. Louis native Ryan Spearman draws on his expansive knowledge of Americana and folk to create a living, breathing history of traditional music.
The Foghorn Stringband is an example of a growing interest in the music of the '20s and '30s, music created at a time when roots music was less formal and formalized.
In the world of folk music, Lucy Kaplansky's voice is well-known, despite her not having the name recognition that she deserves.
Often, at least to those unfamiliar with bluegrass music, the sound that they associate with the genre is robust, fast and, well, includes a banjo player.
A string band heavily rooted in the Appalachian tradition, the Root Diggers aim for the heart of American folk music, and squarely hit their mark.
Mike Compton reminds us of all the reasons why it's worth staying close to the traditions.