If “Americana” has ever had any solid definition, it is in the songs that The Band recorded for their epochal debut album, ‘Music From Big Pink’.
Leaving the main highways for the backroads, you’ll find essential listening in underrated Americana albums from Lucinda Williams, Los Lobos and more…
Released two after its original recording, Whiskeytown’s ‘Pneumonia’ album remains a much-loved swansong from the alt.country pioneers.
Jamie Nudie discusses the legacy of her grandfather, Nudie Cohn, tailor to the stars and the inventor of the iconic Nudie Suit.
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.
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.
After 15 years writing classics for other country stars, Chris Stapleton stuck his flag in the ground with ‘Traveller’, a 21st-Century country classic.
From genre-blending excursions on the fringes of country-rock, to rebellious missives from young bucks, these are the best Americana albums of all time.
Laying her unique mix of heartache, carnal desire and strong-willed resolve out for all to witness, Lucinda Williams brought the blues back into the charts with 2003’s ‘World Without Tears’.
With their debut, ‘The Gilded Palace Of Sin’, The Flying Burrito Brothers almost singlehandedly created country-rock, laying the groundwork for Americana.
Showing that the American roots music dubbed “Americana” had infiltrated almost every type of music, reDiscover Johnny Cash’s ‘American II: Unchained’.
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’.
One of the world’s pre-eminent songwriters, Jimmy Webb can be said to have spearheaded an Americana equivalent of The Great American Songbook.
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.
“Americana” is a word on more lips than ever – spreading from the US to the UK and beyond. Here are 12 stars keeping the music fresh in the 21st Century.