Americana is a music that defies definition. It isn't rock, although it does encompass rock. It isn't folk, but folk is there. It isn't Celtic, but it is woven with Celtic threads.
It is a blend of forms, music that draws on a wide range of influences.
Gathering these many genres together, Americana continually reinvents itself and actively tells the story of its origins and its future. The Americana Revolution: From Country and Blues Roots to the Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, and Beyond is an informal social history that describes Americana as both a musical genre and a movement, showing what it is, where it came from, and where it is going.
Musician and historian Michael Scott Cain examines how the idea of genre, especially Americana, affects the creation and consumption of music.
He tries to discern the formulas of this slippery genre and seeks out the places where artists have broken or bent those formulas in the name of creativity.
Through anecdotes and interviews, Cain provides a firsthand view into the creation of Americana to clarify how the genre can be categorized and defined.
Through the stories of its creators both long gone and new to the scene, Americana music comes alive as a diverse melting pot of creative genius.
With this book, Cain grants music lovers from all backgrounds an unparalleled view into the future of a music that embraces new influences but never forgets its roots.