Americana artist Beth Bombara could not have created her new, self-titled album anywhere but St. Louis. On it, she and her band borrow from the city’s traditions, including alt-country (Uncle Tupelo, The Bottle Rockets) and blues (Albert King, Lonnie Johnson), while embodying the collaboration, experimentation and resolve of the tight-knit scene developing there today. “There’s not much room for takers,” says Bombara. “But if you put in the work, St. Louis rewards you.”

Bombara has been a musician for most of her life. She started a punk band in high school and, after college, began playing guitar with Samantha Crain. She moved to St. Louis and started a solo project in late 2007.

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