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The Scorchers crashed out of Nashville and began smashing down the walls between genres with their own brawling brand of country-rock almost 35 years ago. Their elder statesmen status is belied by their high-energy, take-no-prisoners stage show.

Until recently known as a former member of the Drive-By Truckers, Jason Isbell serves as the point of the Americana spear and one of the country's absolute best young singer-songwriters. Unrepentantly southern, his carefully crafted songs may feel raw, yet are renowned for simultaneously inspiring and intimidating musicians and critics alike. An Americana Music Award Winner, Isbell's new album Southeastern is on NPR radio's 50 Favorite Albums of 2013 - no small feat.

Described as a mash-up of jam band, blues, funk, soul and Southern rock, the songs of JJ Grey, the "North Florida sage and soul-bent swamp rocker," reflect the area around Jacksonville, where he was raised.

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Sun Dec 22nd, 12:00am

Best known for his distinctive Americana style and narrative lyrics, Josh Ritter is two decades into a storied career, constantly changing and challenging the earlier versions of himself. Josh Ritter, it seems, may just be getting started.

Tune in for a set from a singer-songwriter who traveled from the Land Down Under to Tennessee's "Show Down Under." From a well-known producing/performing musical family, Chambers is one of Australia's most successful and celebrated country artists.

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