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Audio Agitation: New takes on the classic Americana sound

Susannah Lohr | St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis has so many Americana acts that choosing three to highlight is almost a joke. There are perennial  favorites like Pokey LaFarge and the Bottle Rockets.  There are the alt-country "grandfathers" Uncle Tupelo.  But here are a couple of St. Louis Public Radio’s current favorites. Thanks to  Tim Lloyd, one of the hosts for We Live Here, for pointing Audio Agitation in the right direction.

Jon Hardy and the Public: JH is a solid songwriter who’s stomped around the city for a number of years.  His last release took a slightly different approach, incorporating a more ‘80s production vibe. For fans of Josh Ritter.

Cara Louise Band: Fronted by Cara Wegener, this band takes a pretty stripped-down approach while Wegener applies some of Patsy Cline's and June Carter’s vocal stylings to her melodies.

Jack Grelle: Big Muddy Records signee Jack Grelle hews close to the country side of Americana and aims for a sound reminiscent of “70’s Texas outlaw” music.

Audio Agitation is a recurring six-song playlist culled from recent releases or shaped by events on St. Louis' ever-changing music scene. If you're from the STL area or Missouri and you're putting out a record you think we should hear, send a heads up to warnold@stlpublicradio.org.

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