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Pay tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe and reclaim folk music with “Americana” singers Nickel&Rose
By Nathan Leigh
August 14, 2018
“Sister Rosetta made this land for me and you”
If you knew nothing else about the United States, the fact that the whitest genre of music is called “Americana” would tell you basically everything you needed to know. Folk (ahem, Americana) duo Nickel&Rose tackle that legacy head-on in their haunting new single “Americana.” It’s a song full of cutting observations hiding behind Carl Nichols’ world-weary melody, from the line about Sister Rosetta Tharpe simultaneously pioneering rock, country, and Americana to the observation about “instruments from Africa are no longer for me.” It’s a song that seeks to reclaim a legacy torn away by decades of racist marketing, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s one of the best damn folk songs I’ve heard all year.
Nickel&Rose’s Americana EP drops September 14th. Pre-order it here.