'Nashville 2.0: The Rise of Americana': Rosanne Cash learned guitar from Carl Perkins

Americana music is a term people have a little trouble defining.After watching PBS Arts Fall Festival's "Nashville 2.0: The Rise of Americana," airing Friday, Nov. 22 (check local listings), try to focus on this, viewers may have the same issue.However, as long as people watch to learn a little and not expect a definitive view, they can have a great time enjoying fun performances.Rosanne Cash, who sang 10 songs at a gathering of reporters last summer, then spoke exclusively with Zap2it, reflects on Americana."I define it as roots music, with a heavy emphasis on real songwriting and literate songwriting," she says, leaning back into a couch and sipping a glass of wine. "It is authentic, connecting, not just assaulting your sense. Whether bluegrass or folk, it is rooted in something real about songwriting."The hourlong documentary features interviews with artists, producers and music journalists. People say they know Americana when they hear it.The genre includes bluegrass,...


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