The genre of Americana music was conceived in the mid- to late-1980s when it was recognized that musicians were pushing the boundaries of rock, country, the blues, folk, and bluegrass. The result was music that represents an amalgamation of these American originals, but the result did not fit easily in any of these categories.
The early genre “benders” include John Hartford, Gram Parsons, and Uncle Tupelo. Many Americana bands typically use traditional instruments like guitar, fiddle, banjo, and mandolin – but not exclusively. Americana Underground features artists from subgenres of Americana including alternative country, roots rock, and progressive bluegrass. Traditional influences are also explored and hopefully you will hear from bands that you don’t commonly hear on other radio stations.