Lucinda Williams' 'Car Wheels On A Gravel Road' made her a critical darling and introduced America to a new genre, alt.country.
From the 20-year rule to stylistic homage and outright appropriation, nostalgia has always played a part in musical evolution.
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.
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.
Other winners at the virtual ceremony included Yola, the Secret Sisters and Laura Marling.
Lucinda Williams, Linda Gail Lewis, and Chuck Mead are also among those making the trip.
The 1976 film is remarkable evidence of younger musicians in Texas and Tennessee at the time, and what would manifest itself as the outlaw country movement.
From soothing songs to upbeat pop, these curated playlists will offer much-needed musical therapy amid the coronavirus crisis.
Showing that the American roots music dubbed ‘Americana’ had infiltrated almost every type of music, reDiscover Johnny Cash’s ‘American II: Unchained’.
New honorees also include writers Spooner Oldham, Kent Blazy and Brett James.
The Virginian country-rock troubadour had been treading the boards around Nashville for a dozen years when his debut album came out in 1986.
After leaving Nashville behind, country rebel Steve Earle went full rock’n’roll on ‘Copperhead Road’ and took everyone along for the ride.
The power of the protest song looks set to be exploited as politics takes center stage again. That music is used as a means to raise awareness and share a common goal...
The much-acclaimed performer released his debut album. 'The Good Life' in 2008, with his most recent record 'The Saint of Lost Causes' arriving in May 2019
One of the world’s pre-eminent songwriters, Jimmy Webb can be said to have spearheaded an Americana equivalent of The Great American Songbook.