referring to it as a genre, "Americana" can be best
explained as an amalgam of roots music fused by the confluence
of the shared and varied traditions that categorically make
up the American musical ethos; specifically those sounds that
are merged from folk, country, rhythm & blues, rock &
roll and other external influential styles.
Americana is popularly referred to, especially in print, as
"alt-country" or sometimes "alt.country".
The genre is also referred to by many other names, including
"insurgent country", "no depression",
"rockabilly", "cowpunk", "progressive
country", "regressive country", "roots
rock", "twang core", "new americana",
"cowpunk", "y'allternative", and many
others. While some of these nomenclatures may seem derogatory
or unintelligent, they capture the essence of what the New
York Times considers "the coolest music scene today".
as defined by the Americana Music Association, is "American
roots music based on the traditions of country. While the musical
model can be traced back to the Elvis Presley marriage of 'hillbilly
music' and R&B that birthed rock 'n roll, Americana as a
radio format developed during the 1990's as a reaction to the
highly polished sound that defined the mainstream music of that
decade." Because of listener interest in the artists who
do not fit as comfortably in the Country or Rock genres, a radio
format called "Americana" has been developed by the
Americana Music Association and reported by R&R. Born out
of the "Triple A ", "Non-Commercial", "Country"
and other varied formats, the Americana format is the sum of
the parts that have showcased Americana music since its inception.
Some of the most significant artists in the genre are Johnny
Cash, Gram Parsons, Lucinda Williams, Uncle Tupelo, BR549, Soloman
Burke, Mavis Staples, John Prine, Rodney Crowell, The Band,
Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Elvis Presley, Steve Earle, Alison
Krauss, June Carter Cash, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Radney
Foster, Wilco, Jay Farrar, The Jayhawks, Jim Lauderdale, The
Derailers, Loretta Lynn, Ryan Adams, Kelly Willis, Son Volt,
Patty Griffin, Marty Stuart, Jay Boy Adams, Joe Ely, The Subdudes,
Gurf Morlix, Avett Brothers, Jimmy LaFave, Neil Young, Bobby
Bare, Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez, The Greencards, Kathleen
Edwards, Adrienne Young, Peter Case, Joan Osbourne, The Steel
Wheels, Mark Collie, Sarah Borges, Sunny Sweeney, Old Crow Medicine
Show, Doug Spartz, Holmes Brothers, Whiskeytown, Gillian Welch,
Alejandro Escovedo, Golden Smog, Kendel Carson, Freakwater,
The Gourds, Lyle Lovett, Ricky Scaggs, Bruce Hornsby, Eilen
Jewell, Bill Kirchen, Amy LaVere, Blue Mountain, Hoots &
Hellmouth, The Handsome Family, Vic Chessnutt, Ted Russell Kamp,
J.J. Cale, Avett Brothers, Uncle Earl, Bob Dylan, Buddy Miller,
Corb Lund, V-Roys, Dale Watson, Ruthie Foster, Tangletown, Cheri
Knight, Southern Culture on the Skids, Guy Clark, Hackensaw
Boys, Mindy Smith, Porter Wagoner, Stoll Vaughan, Robbie Fulks,
Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Derailers, and hundreds more.
1996, Pete Knapp & Company has proudly evangelized the heroes
and anti-heroes of Americana music to the masses through our
radio promotions and publicity
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