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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. (60 items)

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    Toronto, Canada

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    San Antonio, Texas, United States of America

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    Austin, Texas, United States of America

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    Greenville, North Carolina, United States of America

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    Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America

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    Ithaca, New York, United States of America

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    Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America

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    Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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    2011 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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    Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

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    Austin, Texas, United States of America

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    Austin, Texas, United States of America

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    The Woodlands, Texas, United States of America

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    Spring, Texas, United States of America

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    Greenwich Village, New York City, New York

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    Downey, California, United States of America

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    Tucson, Arizona, United States of America

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    California, United States of America

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    Waukesha, Wisconsin, United States of America

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    Virginia, United States of America

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    Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, United States of America

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    Vancouver, Canada

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    York, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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    Eau Claire, Wisconsin, United States of America

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    Portland, Oregon, United States of America

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    Walla Walla, Washington, United States of America

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    Wilmington, North Carolina, United States of America

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    Portland, Oregon, United States of America

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    Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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