On the Trail of Americana Music

£15.99

In this thorough exploration of the history and spread of Americana Music around the world, Ralph Brookfield goes beyond the headlines to uncover what drives singer songwriters to go to Nashville, play in small clubs and create their music against the increasingly difficult backdrop of Covid-19, dwindling recording revenues and fragmentation of the music industry.

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.

Interviews with: Emily Barker, Yola, Troy Cassar-Daley, Kasey Chambers, Dave Cobb, Paul Kelly, John Murry, Lindi Ortega,  Wildwood Kin and many more.

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Description

On the Trail of Americana Music
Ralph Brookfield

Based on numerous interviews with leading musicians and music industry professionals, this book explores the illusive genre and movement that is Americana. From its historical roots in Country, Folk and other rebel music, the story of Americana music is told by those who are taking it in new directions today.

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.

Interviews with: Emily Barker, Yola, Troy Cassar-Daley, Kasey Chambers, Dave Cobb, Paul Kelly, John Murry, Lindi Ortega,  Wildwood Kin and many more.

About the author

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.

 

Reviews:

“This book is the story of the richest tapestry of music ever found in one country… So join in with the author on this journey of discovery, from coast to coast, from around the world, this wonderful music… this is Americana!” – Pete Clack, Blues in Britain Magazine.

“This is a great and informative read for any fan of the world’s coolest music genre, Americana.” – Nash Chambers, award-winning Music Producer

“A deep, inquisitive dive into the Americana story so far. In the best possible way, Ralph Brookfield’s roots are showing.” -Paul Sexton, Music writer and broadcaster