Friday, September 19, 2008

More lipstick at the AMA

NASHVILLE -- So everybody is trying to figure out what Americana is, although we ran a pretty good definition back in September of 2006.

From the Nashville paper:

Well, it's modern music that's based on American roots forms, and there are more tendencies than hard-and-fast rules. In a lot of instances, it sounds a whole lot like country. In fact, platinum country act turned platinum non-country act Dixie Chicks will compete in the "best song" category at the awards show. While country radio booted the Chicks from play lists, Americana stations continue to embrace the band. Americana is a rather amorphous genre, though, and many artists also delve beyond country into rock, folk, blues and jazz. If Neil Young's "Heart of Gold," Don Williams' "Amanda," Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" or Dobie Gray's "Drift Away" were released today, they would all be classified as Americana. And Americana is not limited to Americans: Brits Elvis Costello, Mark Knopfler and Nick Lowe are always invited to the party."It's music that is coloring outside the lines, but somehow is connected to that big pool that is folk and country and storytelling and doesn't fit any particular mold," said Emmylou Harris.

But that's pretty long. Here's a simpler, funnier explanation that presenter Elizabeth Cook said from the stage at the Ryman, home to last night's Americana Honors and Awards:

"What's the difference between a folksinger and an Americana singer?"

What that means for Buddy Miller I'm not quite sure. -- MichaelK


Anonymous said...

Jim Lauderdale didn't say it, Elizabeth Cook did. I suggest you Google some photos of each and decide if they look all that similar!

Anonymous said...

p.s. In Blogger, if you highlight a passage you wish to quote and click on the "" button, it will separate the quote from your text and make it easier to read and understand what is and is not a quote.

TBPAC said...

Anonymous is right. Jim's a good-looking guy, but he's no Elizabeth Cook. Thanks. I'll change it. (I blame lack of sleep.) -- mk