Monday, September 13, 2010

Music Week Kickoff


The event I've been in Lexington working on is less than 2 weeks away, but my portion went live last week.  Needless to say, my life has been full of long, long days which stretch into the weekend, making me tired but also energized as I see the project come alive and to know that all those months of hard work are paying off.

One downside to my crazy work life is there is no time left over for exploring the area, adventures worth writing about or capturing photos.  So this week's blog post are going in a slightly different direction.  I'm going to help you fill up your iPod with great music (on the cheap.)  This gives me an excuse to share music I love and means that I can save my creativity for solving problems at work.

Over the past couple of years I've fallen in love with Americana, a genre of music that wrapped up a music festival this weekend.  The Americana Music Association provides this description:

Americana is music that honors and is derived from the traditions of American roots music. It is music inspired by American culture traditions which is not only represented in classic man made / roots based sounds but also through new and contemporary artists whose music is clearly inspired by these great traditions. It is a great genre, vast, like jazz which encompasses a wide range of music. Like jazz, which spans from Miles Davis to Harry Connick to the Preservation Hall, Americana's range includes artists like Gram Parsons, Soloman Burke, The Band, Lucinda Williams, Lyle Lovett, Mavis Staples...


Thanks to the festival and Amazon, you can sample some of the top Americana artists for free.  Simply download a free sample and give it a try.  I'm guessing you'll find a least an artist or two you'll fall in love with.


Americana Music Awards Sampler 


Here's a sneak peek:





Do you like American, or is this your introduction to the genre?  If you download the samples let me know what you think. Pin It

10 comments:

Karen said...

The only artist I knew on the Amazon playlist was John Hiatt, the rest were unknown to me. Lots of fun, thanks for the link!

Corinne said...

I do like it :)
Especially anything by the Avett Brothers. So so good.

Ashley Sisk said...

Ya know...it's one of those things that I have to be in the moment. But with a shot like that, I think I can be in the moment.

chasity said...

i adore the avett brothers....
i saw them last year and keep a picture of me and scott on my camera always :)

great writing skills...
awesome harmony....
and adorable!!!!

R Montalban said...

I love seeing the things you see and the music you put them too, so lovely, like your good self!

Clare B said...

Just spent a few minutes listening to your music over the last few days - lovely as always. Good luck with all the preparations for your festival, it sounds great.

Nicole said...

Good luck with your work the next couple weeks. I hope you find a few minutes here and there to rest!

krissilugbill said...

OH my word I love Americana, although i have been listening to it for awhile i didn't know that it was called this :) so thank you for sharing! And i LOVE the Avett Brothers! you have seriously great taste in music :) I will be downloading some of these sampler songs! thank you :)

IVYALLOVER said...

Americana? hmm interesting I never knew this music was called that. This barn image is just so beautiful with the vibrant red, I love the silhouette of the cart perfectly in its spot. Good luck with your event! ♥

cindy said...

i love the red barn and looking forward to all your music choices this week. love the avett brothers! hang in there this week!

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