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Americana [Import]

Putumayo Presents Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (22 July 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Putumayo World Music
  • ASIN: B00KINIQF0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,793 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Leicester Bangs Review (2007): 2 Jan 2011
By Leicester Bangs TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Various Artists - Putumayo Presents: Americana (Putumayo)
Americana's a fairly broad church, covering everything from Neil Young to the Carter Family, and the genres eclectic quality is gently reflected in Putumayo's collection, where the traditional and the contemporary merge with easy grace.

Songwriters provide the core of the collection; Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez link old and new on "Sweet Tequila Blues", Terri Hendrix gets better every time she enters a studio, "Prayer For My Friends" providing ample proof, Josh Ritter delivers some craftsman's grit on "Harrisburg" and Ruthie Foster lays down a little soul on "Hole In My Pocket". At just twelve tracks, "Putumayo Presents: Americana" could have been a little longer, but it's an extremely enjoyable ride, all the same. 7/10.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Folk Festival" for your CD Player! 8 Aug 2007
By Steve Ramm - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This new compilation from the "world music" Putumayo label is a modern "folk festival" in a CD case (actually an ecologically-safe cardboard digi-pak since Putumayo supports social causes). Somewhere this summer nearly all the singers and musicians included on the disc are performing at a folk festival somewhere in the US.

Like nearly all of their terrific releases, this is a "sampler" of artistes who record for other labels and most of these tracks come from releases from 2002 through 2005. The concept of these discs is to: 1) introduce listeners to artists they are not familiar with (by including a few whose names they would recognize and 2) to make some money with a portion of the proceeds going to a worthy cause. This time the beneficiary is America's Second Harvest - The Nation's Food Bank Network.

I enjoy these samplers - and this one is no different - because I always find someone new to me. This time it's Robinella (the band whose leader is named, well, Robinella!). In small print under "Licensing Credits" in the bound in liner note booklet you can learn the source of each track along with the label's website address. I've known of banjoist Alison Brown for years but the produced picked a rare track with Brown on acoustic guitar, which can be both a positive and negative or listeners seeking more of Brown's instrumental work. Putumayo carried the "world music" label to its liner note booklet as well with everything printed in French and Spanish as well as English. This means the notes on each track are short, though somewhat informative. Personally, I wish they would list the supporting musicians for the tracks included. They too, deserve credit.

Many of the artists in that overused word "Americana" come from Texas, especially Austin. My favorite Texas artist is Teri Hendrix, who is represented, not only by "Prayer For My Friends" from her album The Ring, but wrote "Hole In My Pocket", sung by the soulful Ruthie Foster on the final track. The album's programmer got it right when he placed this song at the end. You'll be singing the chorus long after you turn off you CD player!

So, take this for what it is - another great introduction to some artists - and carry the journey further. You've heard of Norah Jones (who is her as part of The Little Willies) but you might find yourself now seeking out the Old Crow Medicine Show or, hopefully, discovering the multi-talents of Terri Hendrix!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very much an Austin-flavored collection (4.5 stars) 31 Aug 2007
By R. Kyle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
You could almost cull this CD from KGSR Austin's playlist archives. Many of my favorite Texas-based folks are here, including Terri Hendrix, Chip Taylor and Robert Earl Keen. I know Austin is a well-spring of music, but I'd like to hear some artists from other parts of the country as well.

The good aspect of Putumayo collections is that you always discover something new and a portion of your money goes to a good cause. In the case of this CD, it's the Second Harvest Food Bank.

The bad aspect is you can end up spending a LOT more money on CDs. If you like the Little Willies selection, their CD is a winner. Robert Earl Keen's "Farm Fresh Onions" is also another well-done CD. Additionally, check into Dave Carter. His passage robbed the Americana scene of a defining artist, but his current catalogue is still very much acquiring.

I particularly liked the choices and the sequencing of this CD. "Hole in my Pocket" covered by Ruthie Foster for the end number was a haunting choice and a suitable coda for the selections.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Patriotic Putumayo 17 July 2008
By Amaranth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
"Americana" was released in time for Independence Day, perfect music to accompany barbecues and laidback fireworks shows. With its red, white, and blue motif, it's patriotic without being obnoxious. It celebrates American folk music heritage.

"Americana" has a diverse range of artists. Their music isn't challenging (if you prefer psychedelic country,get Workingman's Dead instead),but it's pleasant. There are spiritual songs,like RobinElla's "Down the mountain" and Terri Hendrix's "Prayer for my friends." Rising star Josh Ritter has a tribute to his town of Harrisburg. Eliza Lynn's "Sing a new song" shines light on a new talent. The Old Crow Medicine Show,which has performed on Prairie Home Companion,contributes Wagon Wheel. Banjo player Alison Brown,who was once with Alison Krauss' Union Station,has "Deep gap." Norah Jones shows she's better collaborating with others than as a solo artist when she channels her inner Patsy Cline with the Little Willies in "It's not you,it's me." The compilation closes with Ruthie Foster's hopeful "Hole in my pocket."

"Americana" is relaxing music. It's an all-American compilation like apple pie and barbecue. Enjoy!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Please make some NEW CDs...and stop partially reissuing old ones! 30 July 2014
By 1bulldog - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am a big Putumayo fan....and I have almost every CD. This one is fine....except that, if you already purchased "Americana" several years ago - then you already own most of the songs on this CD. I think that there are 4-5 new tracks. The ones that were on the previous "Americana" CD - are IDENTICAL, not even slightly different. Sadly, this seems to be the way that Putumayo has been going for the past year or so. Many of their "new" CDs are just slightly fresher versions. Unfortunately - they are not advertised this way. I hope the this label continues to move forward in world music and put out some new collections. BTW, the "new" "Cajun" CD is also more of the the same, with only 3-4 new tracks. Pity.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So nice to feed ears 31 July 2007
By Jinhu Guo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Just recieved the email recommonding this album, actually I remembered I saw it before at putumayo website, but didn't pay much attention, because I didn't think it's my taste. But now I'm listening, and find it really nice entertainment to ears.
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