5 Americana bands that will help you believe in America again

Need a pick-me-up? Have a listen here

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After last week's tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, you could be forgiven for wanting to give up on America. But as we take time to reflect over the holidays (or, as The Onion puts it, crawl into the fetal position under our desks), maybe it's time to put on some music that will make us feel okay about being Americans again.

These five Americana(ish) bands won't solve gun problems in the United States. But if their songs were broadcast across Capitol Hill, I'd wager it would take the gasoline out of the political firefight so Congress could come back after break and start tackling this thing — across the aisle, together.

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