Definitions

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  • adj. Unadorned; suggestive of earlier times.

Etymologies

roots +‎ -y (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Babyface is the last guy you'd call rootsy, but the blues-drenched lead guitar of guest Eric Clapton seems to have done for him what that tea-steeped madeleine did for Proust.

    Ready For His Close-Up

  • Its 13 songs are delivered in a style that defies pigeonholing but might be described as a rootsy amalgam of folk, country, bluegrass, rock and pop - even a jab of punk-style dynamics here and there.

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  • All six members of the band grew up and went to school in Brixton, and it's the music of the area as much as their beloved Bert Jansch and Bob Dylan albums that has seeped into what they do, which is "rootsy" in both the folk and reggae senses of the word.

    Melodica, Melody + Me (No 844)

  • How he goes "rootsy" and Neil Young, Van Morrison, etc., all of a sudden come out with certain "types" of albums.

    The Bootleg Series Vol 1-3

  • "rootsy," and while that descriptor serves its role admirably I prefer the more open ended

    Jason Blogs

  • "It is very Canadian," said Mr. Prochaska, "There's a 'rootsy' feel to it.

    Orangeville Citizen

  • "It's funny because my sound doesn't reflect who I'm influenced by and I wanted to go for a more 'rootsy' sound on this album.

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  • His music finds a place between the lush industrial sound of Nine Inch Nails and rootsy American rockabilly.

    January's best new music from across the MAP

  • The main jamming car was open to the air, providing everyone with scenery to fit the mood: Open, raw, rootsy.

    Rita Houston: Rita's Railroad Revival

  • In a way that a lot of the best contemporary artists aspire to be, Ms. Wilson is almost always both rootsy and futuristic at the same time.

    Dizzy's Welcomes an Old Friend

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