Plucked from obscurity by Sir Jack White and pals to become the house band in forthcoming PBS documentary American Epic which details the recording processes in early American music, the aptly named Americans were initially influenced by pre-war music. They also reconfigure the sorts of blue collar music made by the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits and Chuck Berry.
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The Americans are the sort of band who like American stuff. They like Bruce Springsteen for example - an American man. They have been plucked from obscurity to appear in the forthcoming PBS documentary series American Epic which reconstructs the history of American music. Bet they are good at it.
Their own music is a kind of standard fare heartland rock with plenty of nods to Steve Earle, John Cougar Mellencamp and the boss. On 'The Right Stuff' they straddle towards War on Drugs territory but generally they ignore all that dreamy stuff for heads down hard rocking that takes influence from blues and country yet they have quieter interludes too. 'I'll be Yours' is tear drenched and fingerpicked with a sensitivity unseen in the other tracks. Let's face itr, the Americans are a bar band but a good one at that. They know their history and inject it into well thought out songs that as you may expect take in influences from across the breadth of American music history.
Think my dad might like it.
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