Americana’s Annual Gathering Has Brandi Carlile and Others Posing the Question: Is It a Musical Style, or an Ideology?

Chris Willman
September 27, 2023

Every year at the Americana Honors; Awards program in Nashville, Jim Lauderdale will exclaim, as a running joke, “Now,that’s Americana!” — usually right after someone has given a rousing performance in a style that most people wouldn’t reflexively classify as Americana. The fact that it’s said both enthusiastically and slightly facetiously does beg the obvious, perennial question: What’s Americana… all kidding aside?

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