I just went through an excruciating exercise of rating some tunes from a variety of genres for a website, and I am happy to return here, to the music I love. Music that wraps its warmth around you, that isn’t screaming at you insistently, demanding you pay attention. I like Americana, what can I say, and I'm not alone, just last week the word, in its musical sense, was included in Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary. Americana joins Tweet, m-commerce and around 100 other words whose use is now widely recognized enough to be considered a part of the lexicon. According to the dictionary's editors, Americana is: "a genre of American music having roots in early folk and country music." Simple enough, and now you have a concise answer to the question “What is Americana,” should anyone ask. We are excited to be making preparations to attend this year’s Americana Music Festival, from October 12 to 15, that will be headquartered in Nashville at the Downtown Sheraton Hotel. It was a blast last year, and we will be announcing our plans soon.
Music Fog’s most recent excursion was to Cherokee Creek Music Festival near Llano, Texas in May. While we were there, Jack Ingram came by to play an as yet unrecorded song for us. He wrote it during last year’s CMA week with Mando Saenz, who we have now mentioned three times this week. That might mean we need to get together with him for a shoot soon – wonder if he will be at the Americana Fest! It’s all Jack Ingram right now, though, and it’s beautiful, “What’s A Boy To Do?”
- Jessie Scott