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.
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.
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?
With her new album, ‘Things Have Changed’, soul singer Bettye LaVette covers Bob Dylan classics, taking them “out of his mouth and putting them into mine”.
Everyone from Frank Sinatra to Lady Gaga has sung from The Great American Songbook – classic songs so familiar they are woven into our cultural fabric.
Inspiring musicians and delighting fans, tribute albums are a mix of respectful homage and inventive re-recordings. Here are 40 of the best tribute albums.
Minnie Riperton is best known for her single Lovin’ You, but the songs she recorded during her Chess years remain high points in her career.
A controversial album for both Howlin’ Wolf and his fans, The Howlin’ Wolf Album was a psych-blues experiment that is much more than a novelty listen.
Beloved soul singer Minnie Riperton is a household name among soul fans, but her early alias, Andrea Davis, puzzled many Chess Records collectors for years.
Though a groundbreaking songwriter, when the idiosyncratic Chuck Berry took on the blues, he did it his own way – as an intriguing 1983 compilation proves.