Sneaky Pete Kleinow
One thing I know for sure. We'll prove your point that Americana is large...maybe too large. But I like the idea of Roger Miller being at the top. We tend to disregard humor, whether it's music or movies, but it sure is necessary and a gift.
Roger Miller once said that 'life is like taking candy from a gorilla.'
It looks easy. Like trying to pick five key innovators in Americana. Mike
Now that I re-read the original post I seem to have overlooked the unsung element.
My also deserves recognition artists probably qualify more as unsung than my top 5.