GRAMMY.com recently caught up with Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci, the singer/songwriters behind the musical comedy/folk duo Garfunkel And Oates, for an exclusive interview at Micucci’s loft in Hollywood, Calif. The group performed new tracks “The Fade Away” and “Self Esteem,” and discussed the origins of their partnership.
GRAMMY.com Tour Diary: The Head And The Heart
The Recording Academy Memphis Chapter recently traveled from their headquarters in Memphis, Tenn., to Nashville for a concert at the Cannery Ballroom featuring indie folk band the Head And The Heart for the inaugural installment of GRAMMY.com Tour Diary, a new series featuring intimate interviews and exclusive performances that highlight the musically enriched regions of the United States and lives of touring musicians. While on the road, the Chapter visited historical music staples including Elvis Presley’s Graceland Mansion, the Stax Museum and the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, and the Country Music Hall of Fame, Ryman Auditorium and Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.
What is Americana music? The central and elusive question asked in the 13-year history of the Americana Music Festival & Conference was attempted to be put to rest in 2011 when the word was added to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary. According to the dictionary listing, Americana is a “genre of American music with roots in early folk and country music.”
But what the definition achieves in brevity it fails in accuracy as the genre stretches far beyond early folk and country music. From Sept. 12–15 Nashville played host for the premier gathering of Americana’s industry professionals and fans, including roughly 150 performers. Though there is a unifying DIY ethos and a paramount focus on songwriting among Americana artists, the enthralled audience witnessed a sampler platter of performances that ranged from Canadian neo-folk duo Whitehorse to the hell-raising, guns-blazing red dirt band Reckless Kelly. Audience members would not be remiss if they questioned whether the diverse lineup of artists spawned from the same Americana family.