From Asheville to Austin, contemporary singer-songwriters explore America’s rural musical roots. Updated with 6 new tracks
The landscape of American music is as vast and varied as the geography of the country itself. At its root are a range of diverse cultural influences that have combined to form what is now called Americana music. Sometimes called “alternative country,” it’s a genre whose parameters are broad enough to include bluegrass, folk and traditional country with occasional elements of blues, jazz and others thrown in. In the 1990s, Americana made a home for itself on the airwaves, bridging the gap between Triple A (Adult Album Alternative) and mainstream country radio and allowing audiences to explore a sound stripped of the slick production that usually dominates the industry. At the heart of Americana are contemporary singer-songwriters who have honed their craft by exploring the country’s rural traditions.
1. Out of the Running (Chatham County Line) 2. 500 Miles (The Tillers) 3. Down the Mountain (RobinElla) 4. Sing to the Mountain (Elephant Revival) 5. Jars at Home (Trampled by Turtles) 6. Frankie Lee (Mulehead) 7. It's Not You It's Me (The Little Willies) 8. Wagon Wheel (Old Crow Medicine Show) 9. Pale Moon (Shannon McNally) 10. Ride (Robert Earl Keen) 11. Pretty Girl (Diana Jones) 12. Sweet Tequila Blues (Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez)