Conversation: Roots Rethought
with Ann Powers, Tarta Relena, Jake Xerxes Fussell, Aurora Nealand, and Eblis Alvarez
The definition of roots music — and of related terms like traditional, folk or Americana — has always been unstable. In 2023 many artists feel compelled to challenge accepted norms within these categories: to challenge canonical limits, embrace what’s been overlooked, and place the music of the past in dialogue with the present and imagined futures.
This panel gathers together some of the brightest minds and hearts working in these modes to discuss how honoring musical legacies can be a vital and visionary practice illuminating the future.