It's possible to oversell the idea of a modern revival of so-called American roots music. Maybe that revival is always happening.
Nick Spitzer's terrific public radio show "American Routes" has been around since 1998, when it was featuring people like Steve Earle. So, you know ... the Lumineers and Mumford and Sons didn't exactly invent anything.
On the other hand, there seems to be something special going on right now. We discovered that, right near by, there was a band exploring some of the currents we're talking about. Poor Old Shine has fashioned a sound that borrows heavily and respectfully from bluegrass and mountain music, but if you listen closely, you can also hear a bunch of nice young men from UConn and the Greater Hartford Area. They've already performed at some prestigious venues including the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage. We'll hear their music and speak with the band on today's show.
**This interview was engineered by Eugene Amatruda.**