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Americana Lovers, Unite!

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by RandyB1961, Jun 24, 2015.

  1. RandyB1961

    RandyB1961 When You Need A Train it Never Comes Thread Starter

    Hi, everyone!

    I'm a newbie here, trying to get the lay of the land, and I'm wondering how many Americana/AltCountry/RootsRock lovers there are on this forum.

    So, if you like Americana, I'd like to have you join me in a discussion of your favorite artists, albums, shows, etc.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. RandyB1961

    RandyB1961 When You Need A Train it Never Comes Thread Starter

    Some of you may be asking yourselves, "How can I tell if I am an Americana lover?"

    Well, here is how Wikipedia defines Americana:
    You may be an Americana lover if you are a fan of one or more of the following artists:

    Justin Townes Earle
    Steve Earle
    Emmylou Harris
    Townes Van Zandt
    Jason Isbell
    Amanda Shires
    Sturgill Simpson
    John Moreland
    John Hiatt
    Johnny Cash
    John Fogerty
    Trampled By Turtles
    The Avett Brothers
    Old Crow Medicine Show
    Kacey Musgraves
    Rodney Crowell
    Guy Clark
    Ray Wylie Hubbard
    Robert Earl Keen
    Jerry Jeff Walker
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2015
  3. efraley

    efraley Forum Resident

    Richmond Va USA
    I was the music director of the Out O the Blue Radio Revue in Richmond for 20 years, basically an Americana show. My favorites are Paul Thorn, Tom Russell, Jimmy LaFave and James McMurtry among others.
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  4. RandyB1961

    RandyB1961 When You Need A Train it Never Comes Thread Starter

    Those are all favorites of mine, also, Efraley.

    Other faves not listed above are Dave Alvin, American Aquarium, Turnpike Troubadours. Hayes Carll, Corb Lund and Todd Snider.
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  5. bababooey

    bababooey Forum Resident

    Houston, TX USA
    Would Jason and the Scorchers be considered Americana?
  6. Jackson

    Jackson Forum Resident

    MA, USA
    I probably wouldn't be listening to much new music or music in general if not for Americana, i think by far it's where you'll find the best music these days by both new and older artists/bands, it's certainly the most welcoming and varied genre there is, i'm a big big fan.

    A short list of some of the artists whose work i listen to the most.

    Eilen Jewell
    Heather Maloney
    Girls, Guns & Glory
    Rosanne Cash
    John Mellencamp
    Sally Ford & The Sound Outside
    Zoe Muth
    She And Him
    James McMurtry
  7. RandyB1961

    RandyB1961 When You Need A Train it Never Comes Thread Starter


    One of the first and still one of the best "cowpunk" bands.

    Plus, they probably recorded the second-best Dylan cover in history("Absolutely Sweet Marie"), after Jimi's version of "All Along The Watchtower."
  8. ConnieGuitar

    ConnieGuitar Here in my balloon...

    Some of my favorites:

    Gillian Welch and her husband David Rawlings
    Carolina Chocolate Drops
    Shovels and Rope
    Nickel Creek (as well as Thile and the Watkins siblings solo*)
    *Punch Brothers (who deserve a separate mention as they're not just a "Thile project")
    The Secret Sisters
    Valerie June
    Shakey Graves
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2015
  9. monotubevibe

    monotubevibe Forum Resident

    Drunk Stuntmen
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  10. RandyB1961

    RandyB1961 When You Need A Train it Never Comes Thread Starter


    MONOLOVER Forum Resident

    I guess Americana has a big part of any music lovers heart. Just remember it started hundred years before pop and rock.

    Remember Stephen Foster...who's songwriting mode and romantic style still rules.

    [​IMG] [​IMG]
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  12. strummer101

    strummer101 The insane on occasion aren't without their charms

    Lakewood OH
    David Eugene Edwards in 16 Horsepower
  13. aforchione

    aforchione Forum Resident

    Englewood, Florida
    Jimmy LaFave has a new album out that I think is great, The Night Tribe.
  14. RandyB1961

    RandyB1961 When You Need A Train it Never Comes Thread Starter

    Mono, I grew up just a few miles from the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center in North Florida, and probably visited it 2 or 3 times a year for various functions throughout my childhood years. I am very familiar with Foster's music. Not only that, I'm about 5 miles from the Suwannee River, which Foster made famous.

    If I remember correctly, didn't Jay Farrar rewrite a Stephen Foster song for the Gob Iron project?
  15. RandyB1961

    RandyB1961 When You Need A Train it Never Comes Thread Starter

    I love Jimmy Lafave's music and I have that album on my wish list.
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  16. JozefK

    JozefK Forum Resident

    It's getting to the point that the term Americana is almost as meaningless as New Wave, Indie, or Alternative

    So I guess it's arrived
  17. bluesbro

    bluesbro Forum Hall of Shame

    I'm listening to Johnny Cash Sun recordings, so I guess I'm qualified to be in this thread.
  18. Check out Paul Thorn for some great Americana music with toungue firmly planted in cheek.


    You can thank me later!

    Rick G
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  19. The Freedom Man

    The Freedom Man Forum Resident

    Pokey Lafarge
    Hank iii
    Bob Wayne

    Or are the last two singers more hillbilly related? Wich should he Americana also somehow?
  20. RandyB1961

    RandyB1961 When You Need A Train it Never Comes Thread Starter

    One of my absolute favorites, Rick! The first time I heard Paul Thorn was on the John Boy and Billy radio show performing "It's A Great Day(To Whoop Somebody's Ass)". Been a Paul Thorn fan from that moment forward.
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  21. RandyB1961

    RandyB1961 When You Need A Train it Never Comes Thread Starter

    Oh yeah, Freedom Man, Bob Wayne and Hank III are definitely Americana. Hank III gets in as a legacy, too.
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  22. dumangl

    dumangl Senior Member

    I would add Van Dyke Parks, Gram Parsons, The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Byrds, The Desert Rose Band, Woody Guthrie, The Carter Family, Drive-by Truckers and Bruce Springsteen to the Americana artists already mentioned.
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  23. Ignatius

    Ignatius Forum Resident

    David Berman of the Silver Jews:
    "All those people singing about a life they never knew-it's really a fetishization of Depression-era country life. IFf authenticity is the issue, then there's something more authentic to me about Wal-Mart country, which speaks to the real needs of the people who listen to it, more than talking about grain whiskey stills."
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  24. Picca

    Picca Forum Resident

    Modena, Italy
    I like this lady Chelle Rose
  25. IbMePdErRoIoAmL

    IbMePdErRoIoAmL lazy drunken hillbilly with a heart full of hate

    They're not married.
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