My Love Affair with Americana

This has kind of been the year of Americana for me. I’m not even sure that’s the right word for what I’ve been into. In the 70’s, it would have been called southern rock or even simply just singer-song writer. It’s not super folky, but it has folk leanings. It’s not quite country (or at least the pop-country we’ve become accustomed to) but there is a twang. The best way I can describe it is to compare it to the Eagles. That rolling down a country road feeling, usually with a side of melancholy.

I think I’ve gone a little overboard with this obsession because nearly everything Spotify recommends to me these days is in an Americana or folk playlist. I even feel like I’m in a bit of a rut, but I can’t seem to turn away from it.

So here are some of my favorite Americana gems I’ve discovered over the past year or so:

1. Rainy Day Song by Andrew Combs

This song. Ugh, I spent so much time trying to figure out which singer-song writer song from the 70's this reminded me of. Google searches, Spotify searches, even a desperate plea to friends on Facebook. I never did find out, but it’s still a damn good song.

2. The Guy That Says Goodbye To You Is Out of His Mind by Griffin House

I had this in my rotation for the longest time. It’s the kind of song every girl wants to hear from a man who is just completely infatuated with her. It exemplifies that rambling-type sound I was mentioning.

3. For What It’s Worth by Stevie Nicks

Ok, so Stevie Nicks isn’t exactly a hidden gem, but some of her more recent tracks are. This is off her 2011 album In Your Dreams. It’s a lovely memoir of an affair that is over but is still fondly, and without a trace of bitterness, remembered.

4. Relatively Easy by Jason Isbell

Love, love, love this guy. When I think of this type of music, he is one of the first artists I think of. This song in particular was in my rotation forever. Just it’s simple, rolling melody. And the fact that “compared to people on a global scale” I know I’ve had it relatively easy,” and that the line “Here with you there’s always something to look forward to,” always reminds me of my husband.

5. Brooklyn Bridge by Brian Dunne

Talk about melancholy. A song about a man telling his love to forget about him because he hasn’t treated her right and “it ain’t worth being broken.” But all the while, he is telling her how he will never forget her.

6. So Well by Dawes

This particularly reminds me of The Eagles, but I can’t pinpoint which song. It must be the harmonies. Again, a little melancholy and a slow and steady beat put this on my list.

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