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Showcasing Les Paul’s dazzling flights of fancy and Mary Ford’s warmth and feeling as a singer, ‘Les And Mary’ captured the duo at a watershed moment in 1955.
Small Faces’ ‘From The Beginning’ is a treasure trove of songs that catches the mod icons at the start of their most creative period.
When The Kingston Trio released their self-titled debut, they revived a maligned folk tradition, influencing everyone from Dylan to The Beach Boys.
Baylen Leonard, BBC Radio 2 DJ and mastermind behind The Long Road Festival, gives uDiscover Music an exclusive look at the music that moves him the most with this introduction to Americana.
After singlehandedly inventing Americana with their sepia-toned first two albums, The Band captured a snapshot of themselves with the personal reflections of ‘Stage Fright’.
A cynical act of mimicry by Sonny Boy Williamson II sparked a blues legend, the latest chapter of which has been tackled in song by Randy Newman.
From the 20-year rule to stylistic homage and outright appropriation, nostalgia has always played a part in musical evolution, with even the most forward-thinking music looking to the past for inspiration.
Full of spirit and humanity, ‘The Prodigal Son’ is vintage Cooder that speaks to “people at risk and oppressed on all sides”.
From original rebels such as Hank Williams, to genre-defying country heroes the likes of Willie Nelson, these are the icons who paved the way for Americana.
Defining the alt.country boom of the late 80s and 90s, the best alt.country musicians stood apart with an almost punk-like approach to tradition.
Hailed by everyone from Bob Dylan to Elvis Costello, The Flying Burrito Brothers’ debut album is a cult Americana classic and one of the foundation stones of country-rock.
After 15 years writing classics for other country stars, Chris Stapleton stuck his flag in the ground with Traveller, a 21st-Century country classic.
With its roots in country tradition and punk attitude, Americana music is hard to define but easy to love. uDiscover Music dons a Nudie suit and goes in search of the Americana...
As a songwriter, Bob Dylan has inspired countless others – but who inspired him to write the timeless classic Mr Tambourine Man?