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The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time

Americana artists are by nature are traditionalist American musicians who infuse roots music - which includes elements of rock, folk, blues, bluegrass and even R&B - to create a sound that channels the spirit of traditional American music. The best Americana bands have been internationally recognized and critically acclaimed for creatively bringing the roots music movement to a wider audience. While Americana bands and Americana artists first achieved tepid popularity during the 1960s, since the onset of the 1990s, they've grown in popularity and acclaim, with some even taking home major Grammy awards.

So, what are the best Americana bands? When people think of Americana music, the best examples of the top Americana bands includes The Band (who strangely enough aren't even American), Bob Dylan, The Avett Brothers, Gillian Welch, Lucinda Williams, The Civil Wars and Son Volt. These are some of the best bands in the genre and some are considered among the greatest rock bands of all time and even the best country music artists. That's the beauty of Americana music: it fuses so many different other genres that different music artists can create the Americana sound. 

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best Americana bands. If you notice that a band isn't on this list and should be, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best Americana bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest Americana musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular americana bands that you might've heard of. (306 items)

The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time Bands/Musicians
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    The Band, Music From Big Pink, The Last Waltz

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    Highway 61 Revisited, Blood on the Tracks, Blonde on Blonde

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    Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, Essence, World Without Tears

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    The Mountain, Jerusalem, Transcendental Blues

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    Old Crow Medicine Show, Big Iron World, Greetings From Wawa

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    I and Love and You, Emotionalism, A Carolina Jubilee

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    Time (The Revelator), Hell Among the Yearlings, Soul Journey

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    Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Summerteeth, Being There

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    John Prine, A John Prine Christmas, Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessings

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    Barton Hollow, Live at Eddie's Attic, The Civil Wars

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    Flaming Red, Lanark Silver Bell, Children Running Through

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    American V: A Hundred Highways, American IV: The Man Comes Around, At ...

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    Okemah and the Melody of Riot, Trace, Straightaways

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    Childish Things, Saint Mary of the Woods, Where'd You Hide the Body

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    Light of the Stable, Anthology: The Warner/Reprise Years, Red Dirt Girl ...

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    Stolen Moments, Hiatt Comes Alive at Buddokan, Perfectly Good Guitar

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    Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now, Yuma, Daytrotter ...

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    Mescalito, Tomorrowland, Wishbone Saloon

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    Black Magic Doll Wookalily is a female led Americana folk band with roots in bluegrass and country. They turf out timeless songs from the bogs of Northern Ireland to the bayous of Louisiana. Having been swamped in

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    Ruby's Torch, Little Love Affairs, Lone Star State of Mind

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    Trouble in Mind, KMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories), Little Rock

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    Heroes, Pretty Paper, Countryman

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    Harvest, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, After the Gold Rush

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    Room to Breathe, Ultimate Collection, Live From Austin

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    American Beauty, Europe '72 (disc 1), Aoxomoxoa

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    The Criminal Under My Own Hat, A Place at the Table, Trap Door

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    The Best Of The Hightone Years, Blue Blvd, Romeo's Escape

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    Feast of Wire, In the Reins, Carried to Dust

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    Sirens of the Ditch, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Here We Rest

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    Heartbreaker, Gold, Love Is Hell

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    Flight of the Cosmic Hippo, Live at the Quick, Greatest Hits of the 20th ...

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    Buddy & Julie Miller, Buddy and Jim, Cruel Moon

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    Restless on the Farm, Under the Wire, Slide Rule

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    Robbie Robertson, Music for the Native Americans, Contact From the ...

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    Green River, Cosmo's Factory, Willy and the Poor Boys

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    Infamous Angel, My Life, The Way I Should

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    Near Truths and Hotel Rooms, Songs for the Daily Planet, East Nashville ...

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    The Late Great Townes Van Zandt, A Far Cry From Dead, For the Sake of the ...

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    Honky Tonk Masquerade, Live Shots, Joe Ely

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    Red Wing, Lay Down, Lay Low

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    I Am Shelby Lynne, Love, Shelby

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    The Dark, Cold Dog Soup, The South Coast of Texas

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    GP, The Gilded Palace of Sin, The Flying Burrito Brothers

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    Crusades of the Restless Knights, GROWL, The Grifter's Hymnal

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