You say your music is Americana Jim but what does that actually mean?

Added on Wednesday 12 Aug 2009

Actually it wasn't me who said my music was Americana - other people said it. But what is it? I thought I'd better find out - just to check whether they are right or not.

Wikipedia tells us that,

"Americana is an amalgam of roots music fused by the confluence of the shared and varied traditions that make up the American musical ethos; specifically those sounds that are merged from folk, country, rhythm & blues, rock & roll and other external influential styles."

Hmmm, roots music - certainly, folk and country - for sure - and other influential style - well, can't argue with that. I'll not argue against the notion that my music has been heavily influence by American styles.

Just as an aside, I'm liking that 'confluence' word; wonder if I can work it into a conversation sometime. That'll really make me sound smart (not).

One aspect of Americana that I can certainly related to is the idea that it is music that exists out-with the 'commercial mainstream'. In as much as I've had no notable commercial success - then that clearly fits.

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What the critics said about 'Every day is sunshine' by Jim Byrne.

  • "a heady and exotic mix. " Q Magazine.
  • "..full of cinematic turns of phrase, dressed up in alluring melodies delivered by some of the most respected players on the modern-day Celtic Folk scene." UNCUT
  • Album of the week on Celtic Music Radio
  • Added to 'God's Jukebox' on Radio Two Mark Lamarr show
  • "A beautifully produced collection of Americana" The Daily Record. Four Stars
  • "Great record... a complete, compelling listen. ", Adam Levy (Songwriter/artist, guitarist with Nora Jones)
  • "ten beautiful, atmospheric songs..", Folk, Blues and beyond
  • "a fresh, original album", Eilidh Patterson (singer songwriter, vocalist with Beth Nielsen Chapman)
  • Sounding like Johnny Cash never left Folsom prison...meditations on life that'll soon sound like old friends. Spiral Earth

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