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What Exactly Is Americana music?

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I think its time to face it...  Country music has failed us (at least the label).  There are a few artists trying to redeem the genre but most are just riding that horse into the ground.  One can see the trajectory, and our favorites are amongst the culprits as Country music mutated from Bill Monroe, Hank Williams,Woody Guthrie, and Carter Family, to Johnny Cash, Ray Price, Waylon Jennings, Dave Dudly, Merle Haggard, then Barbara Mandrell, Alabama,  George Strait, to Garth Brooks(We will just Pretend Chris Gaines never happened), Clint Black,  Shania Twain, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban and then to Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift.  Country has pushed towards rock ever since it was put on the radio,  and taken out of the hills and barns, Rockabilly,  the world influenced by Buddy holly,  and Elvis Presley,  It was a sign of the times the wash of the conglomerate on everything. Honky Tonk lead to Rhinestone Cowboys and disco slipped its hand into the faded blue jeans of the…