Americana is such a fun genre because it can take on so many different sounds. WE often associate Americana with the more recent bluegrass and country “branch” of it, but sometimes it can include blues and shades of jazz as well. Here are three can’t-miss Americana acts we discovered here lately we think you’ll like:
Mama Ghost – “So Close”
-The lead vocal on this track reminds me a little of Leigh Nash of Sixpense None the Richer. The character of the vocal flavors the whole sound, but don’t sleep on the really great string work, too. It’s a crystalline sound that pulls me in deeper with every listen. The lyrical content is both tragic and romantic. Enjoy the intimacy of this track that feels like all sorts of things, but mostly sounds like love.
Ziegler Co. – “What a Life”
-I love the rolling, rollicking style of Americana that Ziegler Co. create. It’s a little bit like folk, but not quite. I hear all sorts of shades of joy that fill me up with my own positive feelings. The way these guys sing about a lover is just perfect. You can tell that the songwriter is genuinely in love. The carnival-style of melody is deeply fulfilling. The song moves along with great anticipation for the crescendo. No spoilers from me, though… will you ever get that string-filled drop?
Rebekah Todd – “Let Me Prove My Love”
-This is a sultry song in all the right ways. Rebekah Todd’s vocal reminds me a little of Joss Stone, which is a massive compliment. She has the ability to sing these little jazzy runs, perfectly placed in a song about love. At the heart of the lyrics is a blues sentiment about a lost love, but what stands out to me more than the words is the way that the vocal inflection and melody already indicate great pain. It is not a happy song, but it’s a deeply satisfying track. I’ll be watching Todd’s career closely after this one!