Xpress playlist: Bluegrass, new grass and no grass whatsoever

If there’s a theme to this week collection of songs, it has to be unique takes on roots music — though Philadelphia-based rockers Purling Hiss probably don’t fit in the roots category at all. Still, their re-envisioned approach to rock and pop fits with The Wood Brothers’ innovation of blues and Americana, and Judah & The Lion’s giddy revamp of folk.

• “Keep Me Around” from The Muse by The Wood Brothers. They play The Orange Peel on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 9 p.m.
• “Big Unknown” from Love & Logic by Sons of Bill. They’ll perform at New Mountain on Wednesday, Oct. 1.
• “Sake of the Sound,” the title track from the new album by Front Country. They were at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall on Friday.
• “Kickin’ Da Leaves,” from Judah & The Lion‘s just-release album, Kids These Days. The band takes the stage at New Mountain on Wednesday, Oct. 1.
• “A Letter to Seymour,” from If Sorrow Swims by Greensky Bluegrass. They’ll play The Orange Peel on Friday, Sept. 26.
• “Running Through My Dreams,” from Weirdon by Purling Hiss. That group performs at The Grey Eagle on Sunday, Sept. 28

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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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