Monday, September 13, 2010
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