It may seem that Joanna Newsom would make it easy for others to dismiss or codify her among other largely mocked sorts – her voice is unusual, her lyrics often entrenched in worlds of fable-like precision and peculiarities – but she utilizes her singing and song-writing abilities with
Roots accessibility, stoner-funk arrangements and occasionally some very weird lyrics. Sort of the Allman Brothers meet Zappa (for whom George sang back-up and with whom he collaborated), with the odd Dixieland overlay.
Good for making your Deadhead friends feel a bit parochial.
Bill Monroe was born in 1911 in Rosine, Kentucky, the youngest of eight children who worked their family's 655-acre farm and helped with mining and timber operations. His family was also musical: his mother sang and played harmonica, button accordian, and fiddle; his brother Charlie played the guitar