from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A city of southeast Brazil, a suburb of São Paulo. Population: 200,000.
- n. Materials relating to American history, folklore, or geography or considered to be typical of American culture: Americana are featured in the exhibit.
- n. The culture of America: "[Hip-hop is] as much of a fixture in Americana as hot dogs, apple pie, and Chevrolet” ( Ken Capobianco).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. All things peculiar to the United States' culture and people, anything that is a symbol of American life.
- n. An amalgam of roots musics formed by the confluence of the shared and varied traditions that make up the American musical ethos; specifically those sounds that are merged from folk, country, blues, rhythm and blues, rock and roll and other external influential styles.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. any artifact (such a books or furniture or art) that is distinctive to America.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Books and papers relating to America, particularly to its early history, geography, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any artifact (such as books or furniture or art) that is distinctive of America
In his introduction to the festival's program, the president of the Americana Music Association -- the improbably-named Jed Hilly -- notes that the word Americana was recently added to Miriam-Webster's dictionary, with the definition: "a genre of American music having roots in early folk and country music."
Put a banjo on your CD and I'll toss out the term Americana, but it's as good a place as any to start when describing The Low Anthem's all-encompassing sound that ventures from Aaron Copland to Uncle Tupelo to The Band on their quieter days.
The term Americana represents artists who refuse to be stereotyped into one specific genre, and allows the freedom to express their passion in music … in whatever form it may take.
Cash's covers of Billy Joe Shaver's "I'm Just an Old Chunk of Coal" and Jimmy Webb's "Wichita Lineman" define the term Americana, and add great depth and dimension to the original versions.
And I never really associate the word "Americana" with its stereotype anyway.
Americana is the biggest food-service franchise operator in the Middle East, with more than 1,200 restaurants in the region.
Going back to the first EP that I released from the album, which is called Americana, I've been laying clues.
Anecdotal Americana is more about stirring emotions provoking knee jerk reactions.
MR: These days, your music would be more under the label of Americana than country-rock, wouldn't you agree?
Mr. GEORGE HALL: Well, I always have mixed feelings about the word Americana just because of all the things you said, which are great.
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