What Belongs in Americana Music? 

There are a number of things to consider when determining what belongs in an Americana music collection. These range from Country music to Folk music. They can also include Ballads from other countries. This article will briefly discuss Robert Plant’s second album and Alison Krauss’s second album. 

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Country music 

Country music does not belong in the Americana category, according to Tyler Childers, a country musician. He argued that the term is misleading and only draws attention away from the real problems in country music. 

Folk music 

Folk music, which can be defined as traditional music, is not included in the category of Americana music. The term “folk music” is also used for the traditional art music of many African and Asian cultures. It is often different from the classical music developed in the Western world. 

Ballads from other countries 

Americana music can be defined by a variety of different characteristics. While most folk songs come from American roots, many ballads originated outside the United States. Ballads from Spain and France have a long history in the United States. In fact, large parts of the country were settled by French and Spanish colonists. One example of this is a famous ballad performed by Marce Lacouture at a Library of Congress concert. In that concert, she learned the song “Belle” from a 1934 field recording made by the Library of Congress. This ballad tells the story of a man who travels from Louisiana to Texas. 

Robert Plant 

Although most of us think of Plant as the founder of Led Zeppelin, he actually has a solid solo career. The singer has collaborated with bands such as Alison Krauss and Band of Joy and released solo albums like Dreamland and Mighty ReArranger. His solo albums have received mostly positive reviews, earning him four Grammy nominations. 

Margo Cilker 

Margo Cilker is not a traditional artist when considering the definition of Americana music. She is a California native, but has spent much of her career in the rural Northwest. Her influences include Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, and Linda Ronstadt. Her music is deeply rooted in rural life. 

Los Lobos 

Although they were not exactly the first to perform Americana music, Los Lobos have been making some of the genre’s most iconic records for decades. During the 1970s, the band consisted of friends David Hidalgo, Louie Perez, Cesar Rosas, and Enrique “Bugs” Gonzalez. The band was signed to hip Los Angeles label Slash and released their debut album, “How Will the Wolf Survive.” With this album, Los Lobos entered the world of jam bands.