Country music has become a broad genre encompassing everything from pop to bluegrass. It is easy to forget the roots of country– the story telling and back country musicianship that laid the foundation for bigger pop names. American roots music is not as big as most country music, but the soul of the music is powerful.
The Americana Music Association recently released their list of nominees for the 2017 Americana Music Awards. The list honors names both big and small, celebrating excellence in roots songwriting and folk musicianship. We put together a playlist of this year’s nominees. Each nomination translates to a song on the list. You probably won’t know all the names on the playlist, but will certainly find something new worth listening to.