“If you can taste the dirt through your ears, that’s Americana” Jed Hilly, Executive Director of the AMA
Americana is contemporary music that incorporates elements of various American roots music styles, including country, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass, R&B and blues, resulting in a distinctive roots-oriented sound that lives in a world apart from the pure forms of the genres upon which it may draw. While acoustic instruments are often present and vital, Americana also often uses a full electric band.
Americana music is flourishing in the UK with a burgeoning roster of artists, festivals and music industry professionals specialising in the genre. Distinctive English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish musical styles are combining with the elements of American roots music to create something unique and exciting.