Track Premiere: Nickel & Rose “Americana”

What do you get when one musician  – Carl Nichols – steeped in American gospel music and the sounds of Senegal, Mali and Guinea teams up with a musician – Johanna Rose – who has come out of a punk background to make music more aligned with her greater influences?  You get the sounds of Nickel & Rose which blend European folk translated to the States, hot jazz, country and more.  This lead single from their album of the same name (due September 14th) holds a harsh mirror up to a genre that is, maybe, at risk of letting itself be ghettoised and appropriated by a narrow slice of the potential audience.   It’s  an unpleasant irony that perhaps the most perfect Americana track you’ll hear all month contains the heartfelt words “there ain’t no room for me in Americana / and I don’t want to be Americana“.  Americana-UK is proud to premiere this song.

Author: Jonathan Aird

Sure, I could climb high in a tree, or go to Skye on my holiday. I could be happy. All I really want is the excitement of first hearing The Byrds, the amazement of decades of Dylan's music, or the thrill of seeing a band like The Long Ryders live. That's not much to ask, is it?

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