GigMasters recently added “Americana” to its roster of Live Band categories.

What we find most intriguing about this musical genre is both the history and the wide range of influences it echoes.  Americana music blurs the lines between country, rock & roll, rhythm & blues, bluegrass, and folk genres.  It is often described as “Roots Rock” – music that runs deep and carries the sounds and stories of American culture.

Some notable Americana musicians include Johnny Cash, Lucinda Williams, Willie Nelson, Van Morrison, Alison Krauss, Grateful Dead, Elvis Presley, and Wilco.

Pete Knapp of Shut Eye Records promotes Americana music under some other clever names, my favorites being “Cow Punk” and “Y’allternative.”  These names certainly characterize the banjo, guitar, and fiddling of this genre.

Be sure to check out our Americana Bands, just in time for our most patriotic holidays – these musicians will set the tone for Memorial Day and 4th of July parties across the country.