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Roots rock is a term recently used to describe "a style of rock music that draws material from various American musical traditions including country, blues, and folk." The term is sometimes used in a broader sense to encompass other Americana, including early rock and roll, country rock, and other genres of rock with traditional roots. Decades prior to its current popular use the term has had an association with reggae music popularized by Bob Marley's song "Roots Rock Reggae" in 1976.

With the term's new use "roots rock" refers to "a return to rock 'n' roll's roots: the merging of blues and country, a revival of folk, an adaptation and celebration of American rock local traditions, from swamp-rock to rockabilly to Southern rock to other heartland styles." Music critics have recently referred to rock bands from late 1960s such as Creedence Clearwater Revival through the mid-1990s-era such as the band Wilco as "roots rock" and more recently, emerging artists such as Neko Case.



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