The United States of Americana
Young America always finds itself returning to the ways of generations past, most particularly adherents of "roots music." The bards of the new generation are definitely adherin' and redefinin', but is there any way to define a genre once associated solely with Southern acoustic traditions? Bands like the Avett Brothers and Mumford & Sons are on the rise, and festivals like Newport Folk and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass maintain cultural importance. But Pitchfork shuns these bands, while Spin Magazine declares "There's An Americana Revolution Goin' On". Does Americana of today speak to a modern ideal of populism or is it insincere? Are these acts just idealizing a past of box-car hopping, whiskey-drenched hootenannies, The Band or Gram Parsons records, and making the masses think they are "for real"?
JESSE LAUTER is an American producer/mixer/engineer. He has worked with The Low Anthem, James Blood Ulmer, Ingrid Michaelson, Elvis Perkins, Marco Benevento, Smokey Hormel, Alela Diane, Diamond Doves, Surprise Me Mr. Davis, The Woes, Alana Amram, among others.On occasion, you can catch him performing with his 80’s Bob Dylan cover-band, Shitty Dylan.
Jesse Elliott is the founder and songwriter of These United States, a rock-and-roll band who have played 800 shows and festivals across the U.S., Canada, and Europe since 2007. Their eponymously titled 5th album, produced by Duane Lundy (Jim James, Adam Arcuragi, Ben Sollee), will be released June 12 via Colorado-based independent label United Interests.
—> Associate Editor, Independent Weekly, NC Triangle, 2010-present.
—> Co-founder and co-editor of No Depression magazine, 1995-2008.
—> Co-author/co-editor of SXSW Scrapbook, an informal history of SXSW's first 25 years (Essex Press/University of Texas Press, 2011).
—> Contributing writer, eMusic, 2005-present.
—> Music columnist & copy editor, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 1992-2000, and Austin American-Statesman, 1986-1991.
—> Archivist, SXSW, 1989-1997.