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TMN Weekender

The Roots

Indie, Indian, and all points between: stories about folk music.

I’ve spent much of the past week and a half stuck in much-worse-than-usual traffic, and thinking about Kevin Fanning’s pitch-perfect meditation on commuting: How the Dead Live. “Thinking about the clock of my life ticking away every day while I’m sitting there, just waiting to be somewhere else, I feel the gulf between my body (where I am) and brain (where I want to be) widening,” Fanning writes. “The two growing further apart, until I’m only aware of the distance between them.”

The culprit is two major music festivals taking place a week apart, both in their own way celebrating country, folk, and Americana. While my body is sitting in a line of cars through green light after green light, my brain wouldn’t mind taking a few days off work to catch some shows. This week, stories about roots music, ready to read here on TMN or in an e-book you can export to your Kindle, iPad, iPhone, etc.


TMN Editor Liz Entman has lived in St. Louis, New York, and Nashville. She sweats the small stuff, like hyphens and commas, and has a day job, but won’t bore you with the details. More by Liz Entman