November is National Native American Heritage Month and all month long we pay tribute to the rich ancestry and cultural heritage of the Indigenous people of this land.
Country music is often seen simply as predominantly white, male and southern. However, in recent years, mostly under the umbrella of “Americana,” country music has become much more diverse. In fact, the 2024 Grammy nominees for best Americana album include two black women: one queer (Allison Russell) and one with native roots (Rhiannon Giddens.)
Finding Native artists in Americana music can be a bit more challenging, but once you start taking a deep dive, you’ll find a number of Indigenous artists today creating exciting and innovative sounds in Americana music. These Native and Indigenous artists have a unique worldview and bring a rich history to traditional music.
Here are a few Americana artists with Native and Indigenous roots to check out:
These Native and Indigenous artists bring diverse perspectives and stories to country and Americana music, enriching the genres with their backgrounds while creating music that reflects their heritage and a space for their voices to be heard.
Troy is the host of “Across the Tracks” Wednesday mornings 5 – 7am. The program features new Americana and roots music, and accepts the challenge of presenting a diverse selection of artists that represent the rich tapestry of humanity.