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Americana, Alt Country, and Alt Country Rock
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I am trying to make sense of all the various sub-genre descriptions of music within the broad Country genre. No Depression appears to believe that Americana and Alt-Country are interchangeable. But…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jesse Basham Dec 12, 2012.

 

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Jesse Basham replied to Tony Simmonds's discussion 'Americana, Alt Country, and Alt Country Rock'
"Kind of sounds like "the medium is the message" in a way, doesn't it? That's a whole other discussion in and of itself."
Dec 12, 2012
Daniel T replied to Tony Simmonds's discussion 'Americana, Alt Country, and Alt Country Rock'
"The genres of Country, Rock, Country - Rock, Folk , Bluegrass, Jazz et al have been overlapping for decades. Takes a lot of guts to write a thesis trying to make sense of it all!  A definition of Americana becomes all the more difficult when…"
Dec 12, 2012
Dave Beth replied to Tony Simmonds's discussion 'Americana, Alt Country, and Alt Country Rock'
"Could it be that part of what determines the Americana Genre is intent?   ....For instance, bands like Old Crow Medicine Show, Ray Lamontagne, Steve Earle etc etc are "Americana" in the sense the blend music with an intent of paying…"
Dec 12, 2012
Will James replied to Tony Simmonds's discussion 'Americana, Alt Country, and Alt Country Rock'
"Zepp isn't blues-based? Coulda fooled me. I'm almost being forced to say I like the way the industry used to do things. I don't need a scholarly dissertation to know to go to the r'n'r bin for Chuck Berry. I'm not…"
Dec 12, 2012
Jack replied to Tony Simmonds's discussion 'Americana, Alt Country, and Alt Country Rock'
"Tony,  this question pops up around here a few times annually and I myself was guilty of raising the same question a while back. Follow this link to the piece I wrote: http://www.nodepression.com/profiles/blogs/pet-peeve-the-term-americana…"
Dec 12, 2012
steviedal replied to Tony Simmonds's discussion 'Americana, Alt Country, and Alt Country Rock'
"AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHH !"
Dec 12, 2012
Sue Rarick replied to Tony Simmonds's discussion 'Americana, Alt Country, and Alt Country Rock'
"oops - forgot to add @Tony Simmonds"
Dec 12, 2012
Sue Rarick replied to Tony Simmonds's discussion 'Americana, Alt Country, and Alt Country Rock'
"@ Will James: I would say Jerry Lee, Little Richard and Chuck Berry could definitely qualify. Jerry Lee took a mixture of Country/Black Juke Joint and Gospel music and mixed it together to create his sound. Little Richard mixed Gospel, Juke Joint…"
Dec 12, 2012
Will James replied to Tony Simmonds's discussion 'Americana, Alt Country, and Alt Country Rock'
"Great answer overall, but "Country is shameful"? How old are you? The "masses" (I always find that amusing as an overarching putdown) bought Hank Sr., Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, and I need not go on. Want your cake and eat it…"
Dec 12, 2012
Will James replied to Tony Simmonds's discussion 'Americana, Alt Country, and Alt Country Rock'
"Do you think Neil Young & Crazy Horse is "Americana"? Why or why not? (That release may be the tongue-in-cheek answer to your question.)"
Dec 12, 2012
Tony Simmonds replied to Tony Simmonds's discussion 'Americana, Alt Country, and Alt Country Rock'
"You've had an interesting musical career, Sue. I'm currently singing in a 60s Rock and Roll band, but I don't think I can call Jerry Lee, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Status Quo and Led Zep and other old rockers Americana, can…"
Dec 12, 2012
Sue Rarick replied to Tony Simmonds's discussion 'Americana, Alt Country, and Alt Country Rock'
"Back in the early 70's I played in a blues/rock band on Friday and Saturday, a Country band on Sunday and a jazz trio on Wednesday. Plus did some demo sessions in Philly/NYC. At the Jazz gig an editor from Downbeat was interviewing the drummer…"
Dec 12, 2012
drivingtheview replied to Tony Simmonds's discussion 'Americana, Alt Country, and Alt Country Rock'
"The easy answer is typical - who cares, etc.. Just ask Jay Farrar. But to give it a respectful try.. 'Country' is shameful in my worthless opinion. It ('Country') is what the major record companies have done to terrestrial radio…"
Dec 10, 2012
steviedal replied to Tony Simmonds's discussion 'Americana, Alt Country, and Alt Country Rock'
"I'm thinking now that the answer to this is..............there is no answer. It's the question that ate it's own tail. Guess it's just in the mind/ears of each individual listener."
Dec 10, 2012
Will James replied to Tony Simmonds's discussion 'Americana, Alt Country, and Alt Country Rock'
"You ain't going to give up are you? There ARE no "solid" "central" ingredients of Americana, although I can go along with Dave's list I guess. However, I favour (you're Brit right?) "simple." Hank…"
Dec 10, 2012
Tony Simmonds replied to Tony Simmonds's discussion 'Americana, Alt Country, and Alt Country Rock'
"Surely all music has influences from things that happened before? I believe that Popular Music [as opposed to Classical Music] had developed on a sort of evolutionary genre continuum. On this continuum, each genre has direct links to preceding ones…"
Dec 10, 2012

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