My review of Putumayo Presents: Americana is available over at Blogcritics. It’s a great little compilation, as one might expect coming from Putumayo, and the perfect sampler modern Americana music.
Modern Americana music has its roots in the wide variety of musical styles from the cultures that make up the population of the United States. While it originally came from the Scottish and Irish music of the people who settled in Appalachia, over time other styles have been incorporated into the umbrella descriptor Americana music. For many, the definition of Americana music is fluid and often depends on the tradition from which the listener approaches it.