Americana vs Alt-Country .. what's the diff? .. help me out..
Mark Knopfler.. one of the founders of all.. He changed my life..
I admire Knopfler's guitar playing but I'm not sure he was a "founder" of anything under the No Depression umbrella.
I respectfully disagree.. I’m not buying the Uncle Tupelo argument (love ‘em – love Son Volt) Dylan, Clapton, and many others were performing roots music in the 70’s. Knopfler fits my DNA well.. .. Bottom line.. who cares.. keep the music coming.
So what's the difference between Americana and Alt-Country?
As I suspected..
The difference between Americana and Alt-Country is in the mind of the person choosing which term to use to describe the type of music this site's members listen to. It's symantics, Kenny, just symantics.
I think there is a difference that does border on symantics. alt.country uses traditional country music as it's core and branches out from there incorporating mostly american based genres. Americana has american based genres as it's core. That core can be rock, blues, jazz or country (plus whatever other genre you want to add).
The end results can be the same but it's the difference in the core. In my case it was early rock n roll ala springsteen southside johnny style but I would also go to Long Branch on Wednesdays and play a jazz club that Tal Farlow also played at. Then on Sundays I would be down in West Creek playing Bluegrass and my first gig was in the backup band for a gospel group. Today I beg borrow and steal from all those influences but the core is the old American Bandstand rock n roll of 'it has a good beat and is easy to dance to'.