roots rock

noun

: rock music strongly influenced by older blues, folk, or country music
And roots rock, far from telling us things we already knew, allowed a lot of newer fans some time to catch up on their history as rock contemplated middle age.Tim Riley, Hard Rain, rev. ed., 1999

Word History

First Known Use

1976, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of roots rock was in 1976

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“Roots rock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/roots%20rock. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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