The latest Putumayo compilation is titled Americana. From Austin (Texas) to the Appalachians there is a music genre deep-rooted in southern hospitality… "where people mean it when they say ‘have a nice day’ and the front door is always open."
Americana is a term that is sometimes called “alternative country.” It’s a genre whose parameters are broad enough to include bluegrass, folk and traditional country with occasional elements of blues, jazz and others thrown in. In the 1990s, Americana made a home for itself on the airwaves, bridging the gap between Triple A (Adult Album Alternative) and mainstream country radio and allowing audiences to explore a sound stripped of the slick production that usually dominates the industry.
The new CD is "immersed in lulling vocals, accented by a gentle twang of guitar, driven by a simple swing on the snare," and featuring artists like The Little Willies, Josh Ritter, Carrie Rodriguez, RobinElla, Eliza Lynn and The Old Crow Medicine Show.
A portion of Putumayo’s proceeds from the sale of Americana will be donated to America’s Second Harvest – The Nation’s Food Bank Network, which feeds local communities who struggle with persistent hunger on a daily basis.
The album is scheduled for release July 31st.