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Whose America Gets to Define Americana Anyway?

Ji m Lauderdale, the silver-haired a nd spangle-suited singer-songwriter who host s the Americana Music Association’s annual awards show, likes to punctuate his chatter with a certain exclamation: “Now that’s Americana!” Delivered with an arched eyebrow, the joke is that the genre has always been a slippery one to define. Back in 1999, when the AMA was established, the more commonly used phrase was “alt-country.
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