Three Americana tracks to prove traditional music is still alive

Jane McNealy – “Chickee-ada-la-deeay”
-In one of the most complicated song titles I’ve ever featured, Jane McNealy brings a clever bluegrass tune that feels like it could have been written in the 1940s. It harkens back to simpler times. Perhaps it will remind listeners of childhood, both with activities as well as that feeling of hoping for the future. The “things will work out some day” philosophy feels very salt-of-the-earth as Americana ought to feel. The banjo work, in particular, on this track feels quintessentially “down home.”

Andre Vander Velde – “Hand in hand”
-If you’re looking for some classic harmonica work, check out this new track from Vander Velde. The spirit of the vocals feel like they could have been captured in another era. The lyrical style is as poetic as it is enthusiastic. I can’t help but think of the early days of what we now call “country” music as it’s captured here. The hand clapping reminds me of a whole church full of people singing along to a spirited revival tune. If you’re looking for a good time folk/Americana/early country tune, add this track from the Vander Veldes to your rotation. You’ll be glad you did.

Riddy Arman – “Too late to write a love song”
-Alright you better sit down before you click play on this one. Sitting? Okay, but prepare yourself. This is a heartbreaker that will pierce through in ways that you might not expect. Arman’s vocal is as lonesome as it is believable. There’s not a person on this planet who wouldn’t feel the heartbreak and “moving on” energy on this one. This is one of the best modern takes on “vintage country” music I’ve heard in years. This sounds like a country tune from the early 60s and I am absolutely here for it. Everything from the strings to the backing vocal to the lyrics are as vintage as a lard-based apple pie… and we love it!

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