The wealth of music that has developed and grown in the United States cannot be underestimated. It is the birthplace of jazz, blues, gospel, bluegrass, old-time, Cajun, zydeco and countless other folk styles. Ranging from the early folk sounds of the Great Depression to the twangs of bluegrass and the soul of blues and gospel, The Rough Guide To American Roots is an indispensable collection of the giants of American roots music and introduces some of the finest musicians and the legendary performers that have contributed to the scene in the USA.