Playlist Feature
Yep Roc Label Spotlight
Based in Haw River, North Carolina, halfway between Greensboro and Durham, Yep Roc Records is an expression of a region that, since the '80s, has been a crucible for a rich heritage of indie rock, Americana and alternative pop. Not surprisingly, this sensibility rings most strongly in the music of neo-bluegrass quartet Chatham County Line and of singer-songwriter Tift Merritt, both of whom are natives of the Triangle –the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill metro area. Yet it also explains the label's dogged and honorable support of long-established cult favorites Dave Alvin and Chuck Prophet; after all, both initially emerged from '80s roots rock, a movement that sought common ground between heartland ethos and punk and new wave.

The same can be said of journeymen pranksters Young Fresh Fellows. Though their power pop possesses significantly less twang, it's always shared quite a lot in common with the Southern-fried jangle pop of Tarheel legends The dB's. Helping to carry Yep Roc's vision into the future are younger artists such as Cheyenne Marie Mize and Peggy Sue: while they hail from Kentucky and England, respectively, each one filters delicious folk-pop sounds through a lens shaped by alt-rock's scrappy independence.

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Songs Album
Artist
1
Cut My Teeth Acrobats
6:17
Peggy Sue
2
Oh, Emily Safe Travels
4:03
Jukebox The Ghost
3
Sweet Spot Traveling Alone
2:50
Tift Merritt
4
Castro Halloween Temple Beautiful
4:12
Chuck Prophet
5
Wishing Well We Don't Need
2:07
Cheyenne Marie Mize
6
Magic Summertime I Can See the Future
4:50
Eleni Mandell
7
Crop Comes In Sight & Sound
4:30
Chatham County Line
8
Run Conejo Run Eleven Eleven
4:52
Dave Alvin
9
Llevo Un Tigre En Mi Guitar Quatro X Quatro
2:05
The Fleshtones
10
A Fake Hello Tiempo De Lujo
2:48
The Young Fresh Fellows