Music: Back To Country's Roots

In the song Hall of Fame, from his forthcoming album Gravitational Forces, Texas singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen croons, "My songs don't belong on Top 40 radio/I'll keep the old back 40 for my home." The lyrics could easily serve as the slogan of Lost Highway, a new record label that features singer-songwriters like Keen, Lucinda Williams and newcomer Ryan Adams--performers who are too cool for country radio, too country for pop and too headstrong to change their ways. The critically acclaimed Williams, whose new CD, Essence, comes out on Lost Highway this week, calls the label "a safety net for artists...

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