Featured Style: Americana

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Genre: Country • Style: Americana
Much like its next of kin (alternative country-rock), Americana developed during the 1990s as a roots-oriented reaction to the slick commercial sounds that dominated mainstream country during the decade. But while alternative country-rock developed out of punk, alternative rock, and country itself, Americana sprung from less raw and edgy source material. In fact, much of what fell under the Americana umbrella was in fact a revival of dormant country styles, including Western swing and rockabilly. Though considered an alternative radio format, Americana did not break with country tradition; instead, it embraced it -- something, ironically enough, that the music hitting the Nashville charts throughout the era did not do.

Featured Mood: Theatrical

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AllMusic's moods are adjectives that describe the sound and feel of a song, album, or overall body of work. These albums celebrate music that is showy, dramatic, and over-the-top.

Featured Theme: Background Music

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AllMusic's themes refer to activities or events particularly suited for a song, album or overall body of work. Create the soundtrack to your everyday activities with these albums perfect for Background Music.
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