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Rusted Root

This Pittsburgh jam band has long been a shared favorite of Deadheads everywhere (the devout are known as "Rootheads"), as the band's music incorporates world-music percussion and touches of bluegrass, but leaves room for improvisational jams. Some of the bands songs, like their biggest hit, 1995's "Send Me on My Way," sounds straight out of Africa, while others, like a cover of the Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want," adhere to a more traditional rock formula. Rusted Root has contributed tracks for several movies, including Twister and Home for the Holidays, but they've released only seven full-length albums in 18 years, relying on their live shows as the best representation of their music.