Welcome to The Americana Collection

Welcome , To Tsp The Americana Collection as you probably have gathered since you're here the Americana Collection is basically an off shoot from Tsp Country Radio. Generically a place to play all the songs that don't fit neatly into the " Country" classification.

Now what exactly does roots / americana cover ? Does your music fall into this category ?

This may seem like a simple question, but the answer is anything but simple. Part of the confusion surrounding the use of the term "Americana" is that there is really no consistent use of theterm.Some fans favor a limited use of the term to describe traditional American music styles such as traditional folk music and bluegrass. Increasingly, however,Americana refers to just about anyform of music influenced by or derived from these traditional American music styles. This more expansive use of the term includes a variety of musical styles which originated or developed inNorth America. Thus, bluegrass, folk music, blues, zydeco, country rock, and alternative country all fit under the umbrella known as Americana.Despite the variety of musical styles involved, there are some common threads which run through all Americana music. First, all of these styles exist to some extent outside of the commercial mainstream of popular music. In fact, to many fans,Americana is synonymous with "non-commercial." However, obscurity is not a requirement of Americana. Many Americana artists are very well known and successful in both country and popular music circles. For example, Alison Krauss, Ricky Scaggs, Bob Dylan and Emmylou Harris are all Americana artists who have achieved commercial breakthroughs into the country and/orrock mainstream. But even with their commercial success, these artists retain a commitment to traditional musical styles which form the basis of Americana.Another common characteristic of Americana is its rural roots. Most Americana styles originated or developed in rural America. Whether it was the Appalachian home of bluegrass, the Mississippi home of the delta blues, or the Louisiana bayou home of cajun and zydeco, all of these styles share a common rural ancestry. It is this characteristic of Americana which distinguishes it from other musical styles native to theUnited States, such as jazz and hip-hop which originated in a more urban environment. Of course, the original rural musical styles have developed though the years and much of today’s Americana may bear little resemblance to its rural past. A final shared characteristic of all Americana music is perhaps the most obvious, as it provides the source for its name. Americana music is music which is native to America. Its styles and sounds developed from a complicated mix of outside sources, including  Irish, Scottish, African, Spanish, Carribean and many other musical influences.However, the result of this mixture was a variety of new and unique musical styles which were easily distinguishable from the outside influences which contributed to the sound. Of course, not all Americana artists are American. Artists such as Kasey Chambers, Richard Thompson, and Elvis Costello are a testament to the world-wide influence of Americana.Ultimately, it doesn’t really matter what Americana is or is not. Like all good music,Americana is something to be listened to – not defined or categorized. If you enjoy it, that’s all that really matters

So take the opportunity to relax and enjoy "The Americana Collection "