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Easy Ed's Broadside

Exploring music without a map.

Since 2009, Ed has shared his thoughts on ND about music that touches him, and rambled hither and yon about what else is on his mind.

Easy Ed's Broadside

Exploring music without a map.

Since 2009, Ed has shared his thoughts on ND about music that touches him, and rambled hither and yon about what else is on his mind.

Easy Ed's Favorite Un-Americana Albums of 2016

At the risk of investigation by the House Un-Americana Activities Committee ... a teenaged Ella with Chick Webb. 

 

They're coming to take you away. 

And don't think they're going to stop at the water's edge either.

Un-Americana...I sincerely hope that sticks...I've got a couple of these, and you have intrigued me enough with the samples to chase a couple of these down...

It's such a great catchphrase that I've filed for a copyright. 

Actually, I think it's a great idea for a Sean Hannity piece.  Maybe show Steve Earle or James McMurtry singing a protest song and then Sean can say "They call this type of music Americana but what they should really call it is UN-Americana.  Or maybe ANTI-Americana."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mIA1r2ZELU

Ed, and fellow ND-ers, did you check out Angel Olsen's great album, My Woman, from 2016....

paul dionne

I just fell under the spell of Angel Olsen. Thanks Paul. 

Just missed her Sydney shows, Paul. Thanks for highlighting my error!

 

I know several of these (and especially like Kaia Kater), but Jack and Amanda Palmer were unknown to me.  But how could I not love new-generation artists who cover Richard Thompson's "1952 Vincent Black Lightning"?  Will investigate.

I should note that Dori Freeman's album has had quite a lot of recognition (no Grammy nom, though), so perhaps not quite so much un-Americana.  And produced by Richard Thompson's son Teddy. One might also suggest Sierra Hull (who did get a Grammy nom, although in "Folk"), who directly addresses the demand on women to conform to a certain type for success, wearily dragging the image.  Very "UN-Americana".

Since Jack Palmer is 72 and daughter Amanda is well known from the Dresden Dolls, they're not quite new-generation artists. Amanda herself probably has sold more albums than the entire Americana genre has in five years. Sure puzzled me that Dori Freeman was skipped over by the AMA radio list. Pure singer-beauty there. Regarding Ms. Hull, I'm ashamed to say I missed it. 

Here's Tami Neilson with a song from her "Don't Be Afraid" album.

 

One more.  Title track from the album "Country Songs" by Karen Jonas.

 

Wow, thanks for the heads up on that one. I'd never heard of her but she's fantastic.