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Americana Artists Tap into Their Roots

If you're an avid public-radio listener in this country, there's a good chance your station plays a fair amount of music from the so-called "Americana" format, a sound the Americana Music Association loosely defines as "American roots music based in the traditions of country." In the last five years, Americana programming has jumped by 65% on public radio. Alison Krauss, Ryan Adams, Wilco and the Jayhawks are a few of the hot Americana stars. For avid fans, Weekend Edition Sunday Music Director Ned Wharton suggests these titles:

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Ned Wharton is a senior producer and music director for Weekend Edition.