The Americana Corner

Examining Roots Music and Cross-Genre Music that is influenced and informed by Blues, R&B, Jazz, Classic Rock, Classic Country, Bluegrass, and Folk Traditions in the US and abroad.

Rhiannon Giddens - Freedom Highway

Rhiannon Giddens's sophomore effort is a heartfelt triumph. Read more here.


Alison Krauss - Windy City Deluxe

Alison Krauss's newest recording in six years showcases her iconic performances of classic country songs. Read more here.


Favorite Recordings from 2016

Find out what made my "Must Listen" list in 2016. Read more here.


Feature Articles:

 Celia Woodsmith, lead singer for della mae.

Celia Woodsmith, lead singer for della mae.

Lady Gaga at the Oscars, or How I came to Love Bluegrass Singing
The way pop singers sound has more to do with fashion than it does with natural ability. In this article we take a look at how pop vocalists have sounded over the years and what it all means today. Read more here.

 


Sarah Jarosz:
The Art of Being Natural

Sarah Jarosz started out young and now in her mid-20s, she's pushing the boundaries of American music and she's not even close to realizing her full potential. As good as she's done, the best is surely yet to come. Read more here.


Music Reviews:

 The Steel Wheels at wintergrass 2015

The Steel Wheels at wintergrass 2015

Best Recordings of 2015

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Della Mae is the band's self-titled second album for Rounder Records and as usual, they show us why they are one of the best bands working today, featuring soulful vocals and stunning instrumental performances. Read more here.


Jerry Lawson, the lead singer from the great a capella soul group, The Persuasions, makes a comeback album that sounds as powerful and fresh as anything he ever did. Just A Mortal Man is truly the work of a master. Read more here.


The Decemberists return after four years with What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World which is filled with catchy songs that are sure please the fans of this indie Americana group. Read more here.


A stunningly beautiful debut solo effort from Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Tomorrow Is My Turn covers the songs and performers that have inspired Giddens and allows her the chance to showcase her incredible range and talent. Read more here.


Fayssoux's follow-up album, I Can't Wait, is a refreshingly authentic take on the classic country sound backed up by stellar performances by Sierra Hull on mandolin and Justin Moses on fiddle, Dobro, and banjo, and produced by the great Americana singer/songwriter Peter Cooper. Read more here.