This Is Americana

This Is Americana



The title of this 21-song budget sampler, This Is Americana, is the implied answer to an implied question, "What is Americana?" Well, listening to this CD probably won't clear the matter up, although you may walk away saying, OK, I know it when I hear it. Technically, Americana is anything having to do with the U.S., its people, and its history, which means inner-city rap rhymes are as much Americana as a scruffy No Depression band doing a Buck Owens cover. In this case of this sampler, however, Americana is a marketing strategy. Released by the Americana Music Association (with help from Ryko Records), its intent is to promote artists who don't fit neatly into any current country, pop, rock, or hip-hop radio play formats. That still leaves a lot of stuff unaccounted for, but for the purposes of this AMA outfit, Americana is a little bit country and a little bit rock and a little bit pop, and if you want to throw bluegrass and folk in there, that's fine, but please, no blues or jazz. One begins to have doubts that this Americanastuff is really a genre at all. All that said, there are some wonderful tracks here, including BR5-49's infectious opener, "That's What I Get," a perfectly charming take on the Carter Family's "Gold Watch & Chain" by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with Kris Kristofferson, Danny Barnes' irreverent and kinetic "Life in the Country," and Junior Brown's unique brand of hot rod honky tonk on "Little Red Rivi Airhead." Whether all of this really and truly adds up to a distinct genre or not could be endlessly debated, but with tracks like "September When It Comes," a duet by Rosanne Cash and Johnny Cash, such discussions are moot. Here listeners get a father and daughter singing a great song in an intimate setting like their lives depended on it.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/03/2004
Label: Narm Recordings
UPC: 0635759158827
catalogNumber: 591588

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Alison Krauss   Fiddle,Vocals
Ralph Stanley   Vocals
Kris Kristofferson   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Jim Lauderdale   Guitar,Vocals
Willie Nelson   Guitar,Vocals
Ray Price   Vocals
Eliza Gilkyson   Background Vocals
Darol Anger   Violin
Matthew Sweet   Vocals
Lucinda Williams   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Arthur Godfrey   Guitar,Vocals
Duke Levine   Electric Guitar
John McEuen   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo
Slaid Cleaves   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Vocals
Barry Bales   Acoustic Bass
Danny Barnes   Guitar,Vocals
Kevin Barry   Bass,Mandolin,Lap Steel Guitar,Mando-Guitar
Ron Block   Banjo,Tenor (Vocal)
Junior Brown   Guitar,Steel Guitar,Vocals
Ivan Browne   Bass
Regina Burgess   Mandolin
Bob Carpenter   Accordion,Background Vocals
Neal Casal   Guitar
Jack Cooke   Bass
George Drakoulias   sleigh bells
Lorne Entress   Drums,Hi String
Jimmie Fadden   Harmonica,Drums
Jay Farrar   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Jeff Hanna   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Dennis Harris   Percussion,Drums
Don Heffington   Conga,Drums,Tambourine
Byron House   Bass
Jimmy Ibbotson   Electric Bass,Vocals
Ethan Johns   Acoustic Guitar
Gary Louris   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Gurf Morlix   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Buddy Miller   Vocals
Lance Morrison   Bass
Jim Norris   Drums
Tim O'Brien   Mandolin
Tim O'Reagan   Acoustic Guitar,Drums,Vocals
Dale Ockerman   Piano,Hammond Organ
John Penner   Bass
Marc Perlman   Bass
Dirk Powell   Banjo
Taras Prodaniuk   Bass,Harmony,Standup Bass
David Raven   Drums
Rick Richards   Drums
Darrell Scott   Guitar
Garey Shelton   Bass
Dusty Wakeman   Bass
Patrick Warren   chamberlain
Jim Christie   Drums,Wurlitzer,Vox Organ
Joe Gracey   Rhythm Guitar
Michael Ballew   Rhythm Guitar
Bob Williams   Guest Appearance
Steve Sparkman   Banjo
James Alan Shelton   Guitar
Brandon Bush   Hammond Organ
Hawk Shaw Wilson   Drums
Chuck Mead   Guitar,Vocals
Don Herron   Fiddle,Mandolin,Pedal Steel Guitar
Bobby Flores   Fiddle
James Price   Fiddle
John Rigsby   Mandolin
Ralph Stanley   Guitar
Chris Stills   Vocals
Jeremy Stephens   Fiddle,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Joe Winkle   Electric Guitar
Doug Pettibone   Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Harmony
Gabe Rhodes   Guitar
Gary W. Smith   Guest Appearance
Dave Bryson   Percussion,Drums
Lori McKenna   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Craig Owens   Bass
Brandon Butler   Guitar,Maracas,Lap Steel Guitar
Dave Limina   Hammond Organ
Jason Sinay   Electric Guitar
Anne McCue   Guitar,Vocals
Steve Henson   Guest Appearance
Tift Merritt   Vocals,Wurlitzer
Chris Scruggs   Guitar,Vocals
Brian Standefer   Cello
Peter Amaral   Cymbals,Snare Drums
Freddy Calderone   Drums
Evan Berodt   Bass
Timothy Nobles   Guest Appearance
Geoff Firebaugh   Bass,Electric Bass
Drew Breakey   Bass
Derrick DeBorja   Keyboards
Shane Keenan   Guest Appearance
Nick Pagliari   Guitar,Vocals
Ted Pitney   Guitar
Nick Reeb   Fiddle
Eleanor Whitmore   Fiddle
Doug Zettner   Bass,Pedal Steel Guitar
John McDonald   Guitar,Vocals
Abe Spear   Banjo
Dan Tyminski   Guitar,Baritone (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Peter Rowan   Composer
Rosanne Cash   Composer
Rodney Crowell   Composer
Jim Lauderdale   Composer
Shelby Lynne   Composer
Willie Nelson   Composer
Lucinda Williams   Composer
Robert Hunter   Composer
Arthur Godfrey   Composer
Ray Wylie Hubbard   Composer
Slaid Cleaves   Composer
Edward D. Barnes   Composer
Junior Brown   Composer
A.P. Carter   Composer
Hank DeVito   Composer
Jay Farrar   Composer
John Leventhal   Composer
Gary Louris   Composer
John Pennell   Composer
Mark Montgomery   Art Direction
Chuck Mead   Composer
Lori McKenna   Composer
Anne McCue   Composer
Tift Merritt   Composer
Drew Huddleston   Art Direction
Ted Pitney   Composer

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