I encountered this great trio, Rising Appalachia, at the AlternateROOTS last week and I became an immediate fan. A fusion of traditional Appalachian music and contemporary alternative (reminds me of Cowboy Junkies with a banjo), they describe themselves like this:
Music is becoming our tool...not just for aural pleasure, not just for hobby-but now as a means to connect with something beyond ourselves. It is taking its own personality, carrying us all along on the journey down the damp and strange alley ways and cryptic coded pathways... to poetic observations, social change, lyrical nonsense, political rage, symphonic coercing, ferocious bantering, cycles and train tracks, primal will, fresh air intoxicants, harmony and alliteration, noise and something sweeter than I can ever touch. -post-apocalyptic folk fusion soul mending...perhaps?
Listen to some of there stuff here.