Call it what you want: “Americana,” “Y’allternative,” “No Depression,” “Alt-Country,” there’s a big genre out there that seems hard to pin down.
If you don’t know what it is, here’s a good enough place to start: the Americana Music Awards sampler, which is available free for a limited time through Amazon.
Here’s the lineup of people you may or may not have heard before: John Hiatt, Buddy and Julie Miller, The Avett Brothers (whose song, “Shame” is included above), Steve Earle, Delbert McClinton … and the list goes on. There are 14 tracks on the sampler.
Get it and listen to it. If you like one or two tracks, you’ve saved a couple bucks. If you don’t like ANY of it, well, you’ve gotten some practice at downloading and deleting. It’s pretty much a win-win situation.