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The other night on New Zealand's National Radio, I heard an artist new to me who I liked the sound of. (see left) I am not going to go on about her specifically, I will just say I am impressed, and recommend her.
Her profile at ALLMUSIC categorises her thusly:
I have consciously and deliberately used the term "American" here to mean "North American". That is, I use American loosely to include Canada and maybe Mexico if you like, and not to mean solely the USA.
Consider this list at Wikipedia, which contains 129 acts. Of these, many are known to me, and I have recordings by 20, but only two are from within the last five years. I do have recordings not on the list that I would include:
A bunch of purely Bluegrass stuff. 1925 onwards
Cowboy Junkies - The Trinity Session 1988
Iris DeMent - Infamous Angel 1992
Iris DeMent - My Life 1994
Jolie Holland - Catalpa 2003
Jolie Holland - Springtime Can Kill You 2006
Crooked Still - Hop High 2004
Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy -
What the Brothers Sang 2013
Eb & Sparrow - Eb & Sparrow 2014
Various Artists - Americana (12 tracks) 2014
Some of my recent encounters consist of "Adding to Playlists" on YouTube, rather than purchase of recordings. (Runs off to shift previous Country etc. playlist items to a newly created "Americana" playlist for your delectation)
Note: Queen Esther also discovered and added doing this.
Note: After them will be any other new things found since linking to the playlist.
Over the last year or so I have considered what it is about the style that attracts me. This naturally feeds into considerations of what defines the term.