While difficult to define, the music genre labeled 'Americana' has been growing by leaps and bounds, thanks to the fresh innovative artists chronicled in this book. Americana can include bluegrass, country, mountain music, rockabilly and the blues, but it also encompasses flavors of R&B, as well as roots rock and country rock. Early influences to the sound include Hank Williams and Bob Dylan, but also include Elvis Costello and Solomon Burke. Americana is quoted as being "new and old, classic and contemporary, trendy and traditional." Do you see why it's difficult to narrowly define? This book provides a history of the origins of the genre, and shares firsthand insights from those who helped shape the sound. A must-have for music lovers, "Americana Music" makes the perfect gift!