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New troubadours: Folk, roots rock & Americana

Slide 1 of 41: NEWPORT, RI - JULY 25:  Bob Dylan plays a Fender Stratocaster electric guitar for the first time on stage as he performs at the Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 1965 in Newport, Rhode Island. (Photo by Alice Ochs/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

New troubadours - Folk, roots rock and Americana

Rock 'n' roll already carried the DNA of country and rhythm & blues music, but the emergence of folk music, and a new breed of urban troubadour, opened new horizons in the mid-'60s: Folk artists added social and political themes that added depth and urgency, amplified by rock's sheer energy. That balance of roots music with modern themes continues to shape much of today's indie rock, folk and Americana music. With the Americana Music Association convening in Nashville for Americanafest, here's long look at how this legacy was shaped and why it remains vital.

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