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The 20 Best Americana Albums of 2019

Our Best 20 Americana albums of 2019 are a multicultural, polysexual, cross-genre lineup of cool Americana music that, as with the best parts of the American promise, pays tribute to the musical wells from which they spring but also takes the artform wherever their rugged individualism and talent-rich hearts lead them.

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The Big Ears Festival Introduces Goers to New Concepts and New Paradigms

While some festivals introduce you to new bands, Big Ears introduces participants to new concepts, to new paradigms. And in a world where the ills seem greater than the remedies, Big Ears is a potent and welcome elixir.

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'Woman Walk the Line' Is a Love Letter to Country Music Past

Where female pop musicians tend to age out of the field, country musicians tend to possess a greater reverence for their predecessors, lionizing their greatness and proclaiming their influence at each and every opportunity.

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The 15 Best Americana Albums of 2017

In Americana music the present is female. Two-thirds of our year-end list is comprised of albums by women. Here, then, are the women (and a few men) who represented the best in Americana in 2017.

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Rhiannon Giddens Shares 'Freedom Highway' at American Songbook and on Tour

Rhiannon Giddens, formerly of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, brought her Freedom Highway tour to New York for a powerful show. The tour resumes next week and hits Newport Folk later this summer.

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This Is How You Break Into My House to Find Me: An Interview with Sxip Shirey

Sxip Shirey found recent success with "Woman of Constant Sorrow", and now discusses robotic bells, the pleasure of composing for circuses, and his new album A Bottle of Whiskey and a Handful of Bees.

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Allen Toussaint: American Tunes

On his final album, New Orleans songwriter, producer, and pianist Toussaint puts his distinctive stamp on jazz, pop, and R&B classics.

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Transatlantic Sessions 2016, Royal Festival Hall, London

A wonderfully diverse set of artists and material, including surprise appearances of Bowie and Pink Floyd songs, made this year's Transatlantic Session a joy.

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"Sound Is Our Weapon": Protest Music and Black Lives Matter

"Hell You Talmbout" and "Cry No More" are a new kind of protest song that reintroduces traditional minimalism and congregational singing into this contemporary moment.

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Rhiannon Giddens: Tomorrow Is My Turn

Everything works on Tomorrow Is My Turn, an album that heralds the arrival of a major American artist.

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