The back roads, backwaters and back woods of Americana, country and roots

THIS PROJECT started as a single essay, half exploration and half lockdown diversion, and grew into something else entirely. 


Equal parts history, journalism and commentary, the narrative describes a path dictated more by curiosity than logic, the direction driven by choice rather than any wider notion of consistency or completeness.


Americanaville complements the radio show of the same name, and shares the same roots, but can also be read as if the broadcast did not exist. Both versions suffer from a blinkered, personal approach to the subject matter; there will inevitably be disagreements over content, context and interpretation. That is okay. Feedback is welcome.


A selection of chapters are published here, free to all, and will be regularly updated with new material. When the strange days of the pandemic are behind us, and life begins to return to normal, a more formal monetary arrangement may follow; I'll let you know.

Front cover image captured by the author at Noah Purifoy Outdoor Sculpture Museum in Joshua Tree, California. 
Welcome Sign, 1998 by Noah Purifoy, courtesy Noah Purifoy Foundation ©2020
The AMERICANAVILLE radio show is broadcast on Speysound 107.1FM/ on Tuesdays, 21.00-22.00 local time. Toddcasts air on FM and online on Th/Fr/Su, check the schedule for full information

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