celebrating the USA: born on the fourth of July
The United States of America is a gorgeous country, from sea to shining sea.
In his Americana Symphony Mark O’Connor weaves in ideas from country, folk, classical, bluegrass, and Native American music, all to create what he sees as a new American music. An adventure a bit like the history of the country and its people.
Bright colored strands of Irish and American history come from Cathie Ryan and Matt and Shannon Heaton. Hanneke Cassel flavors her Scottish music with Americana and her Americana music with more than a taste of Scotland. Carrie Newcomer writes songs and asks good questions that go deep into the heartland, and heart, of America.
Then there is the Great American Road Trip, a virtual journey in which I’m partnering up with A Traveler’s Library to add musical ideas to the book and film suggestions for journeys through the regions of the United States which you’ll find there. We’ve been traveling this road since January, and there’s much more to come.
Stops along the Great American Road Trip thus far include New York City: Irish Musicians, the saltwater music iof Del Suggs in Florida, and songs of the coal country in West Virginia. Stay tuned on Wednesdays as we continue...
Happy Fourth of July!