It’s a rare trip south that I don’t find more new music I like than I could ever afford. The southern Appalachians’ wealth of traveling acts and NPR stations willing to promote them is an untapped resource. It’s not anything you’ll ever hear over the airwaves anywhere else.
Try these links to a few such songs (or some of the artists in general below them):
The New Familiars (I’m a Last.fm top listener! Figures! But there’s no free preview of my favorite songs there, unfortunately.)
Far from the mountains? You can still listen online to lots of artists not mentioned here:
“East Tennessee’s Own” WDVX (89.9 Clinton, 102.9 Knoxville).
WETS (89.5 Johnson City, TN).
(Sadly, this one has changed their weekday schedule to a news format, but weekends are still filled with amazing blues, americana, and mountain music.)
Whichever you try, best not to be near an Amazon or iTunes one-click purchase source when you do if you’re on a budget.