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So Americana is basically country music.....

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    Is that Chrissie Hynde playing piano, I believe they do know each other...

    I like it.
     
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    Hearing what contemporary Country music has become, -aren’t these albums sitting right on the crossroads of what’s Americana too?

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    I kind of dig the Alt-Country stuff musically...but a lot of it so dang DEPRESSING! Makes me want to slit my wrist with an E string and leap to my demise off of my tweed amp. No thanks. I have too much joy for that these days. Give me some rockabilly, surf, gospel or throwback honky tonk (Derailers come to mind, for one; Dale Watson, Bill Kirchen, Junior Brown...plenty of HAPPY Americana out there).
     
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    ...but how about those Soggy Bottom Boys?

    'I am a man of constant sorrow' sure has some depressing lyrics, but gets you in a good mood right..
     
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    I was just thinking that the Jayhawks should be included in this thread and here they are backing up Ray Davies.
     
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    Wiki sez that is Karen Grotberg.

    I love me some Ray Davies and Kinks, but Ray's recent output doesn't grab me. That particular tune is IMO very sappy with derivative lyrics... I bailed out. Different strokes! No skin off me, if ya dig it.

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    I don't obsess over drawing lines on what used to be called Cosmic American Music (Gram Parsons' term)... I just know I like it. I've used the term Americana, when cornered into describing what I listen to / play. <shrug> But that only confuses people who mostly listen to Z-ROCK, and radio sports announcers... :lol:

    Some years ago, I coined my own definition of Americana .... at least the singer / songwriter end of it... e.g. Ray Lamontagne, Ray Wiley Hubbard, Jason Isbell... by delineating the difference between it, and modern folk music: Folkies drink coffee, and are serious about it... Americana artists still drink beer, or maybe puff a little weed now and then. There are exceptions of course. (RWH and Jason are both sober now, etc.)

    But it's a definition that annoys people. So I'm sticking with it. :p:cool:
     
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    Ya Beach Bob, i get asked alot "what kind of music do you play?" When you say alt-country, people tend to hear "country". When you say "americana" people don't tend to know what this means... I lately answer "roots" music, which really confuses most people, but i use a simple description of a trainwreck of country, blues, and rock'n'roll. Not sure what this has to do with hat size however...
     
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    I was thinking about him and Ramblin' Jack Elliot.

    Everyone still seems to Americana is traditional country but it's really not. I mean, some traditional country could fall under the Americana umbrella but it really needs to have that folk/bluegrass/roots rock going on.

    Another one I've been thinking about is the Ozark Mountain Daredevils.
     
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    Bluegrass, on the other hand, always puts me in a good mood...especially bluegrass gospel!
     
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    I’ve always imagined that these types of concert with bands playing Bajos, washboard Rhythm Board and singing harmonies create really happy crowds.
     
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    Apart from getting images of 'The Dude' lying on his rug with a Walkman in The Big Lebowski' [emoji41]

    What kind of genre would you say this is..?
    (Looking apart from this band’s other stuff.) I’m not into blues, but this is a cool song.

     
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    I love that album, I saw them play a couple times in Madison, Wi. Great show.
     
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    Ray is being backed up by the Jayhawks.
     
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    Americana tends to have an emphasis on musicality. I would add it's a move away from the glitz and glam of Top 40 country music.

    However its still kinda commercial.
     
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    I have a nephew who, 25 or so years ago, really liked "Alternative" music.

    I once said to him, "As soon as give it a label for marketing purposes, it's not really 'Alternative,' is it?"

     
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    The genre of mimicking the Dead. Trust fund hippie genre.
     
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    I believe Dave not so politely told Ray to get her off the stage once.
     
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