The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time Bands/Musicians

The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time

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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. (309 items)


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

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

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

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    The Mountain, Jerusalem, Transcendental Blues

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    Honky Tonk Masquerade, Live Shots, Joe Ely

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    I and Love and You, Emotionalism, A Carolina Jubilee

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

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    Dirt Farmer, The Ties That Bind: The Best of... 1975-1996, American Son ...

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

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

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

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

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    Flaming Red, Lanark Silver Bell, Children Running Through

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    Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Summerteeth, Being There

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    Hollywood Town Hall, Tomorrow the Green Grass, Sound of Lies

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

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    Nick of Time, Nine Lives, Fundamental

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

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    Talking Timbuktu, My Name Is Buddy, Chávez Ravine

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    Heroes, Pretty Paper, Countryman

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    Okemah and the Melody of Riot, Trace, Straightaways

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

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

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    Infamous Angel, My Life, The Way I Should

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    Southern Rock Opera, Decoration Day, The Dirty South

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    The Lumineers, The Lumineers EP, Winter

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    Mescalito, Tomorrowland, Wishbone Saloon

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

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    Strangers Almanac, Pneumonia, Faithless Street

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

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

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

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

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    Room to Breathe, Ultimate Collection, Live From Austin

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    Buddy & Julie Miller, Buddy and Jim, Cruel Moon

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    Heartbreaker, Gold, Love Is Hell

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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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    High Top Mountain, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, Bastard Children ...

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    No. 2 LIVE Dinner, Gravitational Forces, What I Really Mean

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    Till the Sun Turns Black, Trouble, Green

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

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