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Americayana

by Aaron Rester

Willie Nelson's "Red-Headed Stranger" meets the ancient Hindu epic known as the Ramayana.
Genre: Country: Alt-Country
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1. A Small Sacrifice
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2. Got to Go
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3. Broken Bow, OK
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4. Adelene
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5. Potter's Ground
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6. Shirley
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7. Red Cadillac and a Black Mustache
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8. Burn so Bright
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9. Dreamland
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10. In the End
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“Country music,” “concept album,” and “Hindu mythology” are not phrases you often hear said in one breath. But Americayana, the new album from Chicago-based songwriter Aaron Rester, sounds like what you might get if you crossed Willie Nelson’s classic Red-Headed Stranger LP with the ancient South Asian epic known as the Ramayana. Each song on the album tells a story inspired by an episode in this widespread and incredibly diverse narrative tradition -- a story of exile, of the blurry lines between right and wrong, of a love story for the ages, peppered with betrayal and murder. Along the way, Rester brings the listener on a tour of mid-20th-century American music, from the country-blues shuffle of “Shirley" to the high-desert psychedelia of "Potter’s Ground," and from the boozy folk of “Dreamland" to the 1950s torch song-inspired “In the End”. "Got to Go" is straight-up rockabilly, while a cover of actual rockabilly classic "Red Cadillac and a Black Mustache" gets a plaintive reworking. All of these styles are brought together in a high-tech, lo-fi way that could only happen in the 21st century: on a laptop with a single microphone, including both digital samples from around the world and the creaking floors and steam-heat hiss of the 1920s bungalow where it was recorded.

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