On the Trail of Americana Music
Americana is a trail followed by those creating music that finds inspiration in country, folk and other rebel music. It’s a trail followed by music lovers who want to discover authentic singer-songwriters who can capture the zeitgeist of our changing times. It’s a trail where diverse musicians from around the world find a natural home for their music under the Americana umbrella. Based on documentary film interviews with leading musicians and music industry professionals, this book explores the illusive genre and movement that is Americana.
And with so many music venues closed and incomes reduced, musicians speak of their hopes and fears for the future of the industry in challenging times.
Extracts from interviews with: Emily Barker, Yola Carter, Troy Cassar-Daley, Kasey Chambers, Dave Cobb, Diesel, Bob Harris, Hayseed Dixie, Don Gallardo, Paul Kelly, Lindi Ortega, Larkin Poe, Kevin Welch, Wildwood Kin and many more.
Ralph Brookfield trained as a molecular physicist, worked as a freelance writer and software engineer, ran his own software business then became a director of technology in the digital television industry until 2012. Since then, he has pursued his passions of writing and music which he combines in his songwriting, playing regularly with his band in the Ealing area, the crucible of RnB music in the UK, where he also manages and promotes grassroots music.
He is married, has two grown-up children, and is a founder member of the infamous Hanwell Ukulele Group.