If you attended Americana Fest '17 in Nashville last weekend, you witnessed a mad blur of guitars, fiddles, banjos, and mobile-phone-picture-taking as artists from around the world descended on Music City USA to celebrate Americana--the roots genre that seems to be in a perpetual state of becoming. Though it has its own GRAMMY category, just what is Americana no one can quite say.  But it hasn't stopped anyone from trying.

While the industry struggles to define and market a genre that includes Van Morrison, the Hi Rhythm section, Jon Langford, Graham Nash, and Jason Isbell, fans meanwhile were happy ignore those pesky details and gorge on a feast of incredible performances by old favorites and rising stars. And many of those shows were powered by Epiphones like the new EmbassyPRO Electric Bass, the Casino Coupe, the Jack Casady Bass, and the Masterbilt Century Collection, which was a hit with a wide range of songwriters. 

Check out our exclusive interviews with legendary songwriters Lori McKenna and Natalie Hemby, Warner Brothers recording artists Last Bandoleros, Honey Honey's Suzanne Santo, Jesse Terry, and rising Americana star Aaron Lee Tasjan. Also, check out our classic interview from Americana '16 with legend Billy Bragg and Third Man Records' artist Margo Price, whose upcoming album All American Made will likely zoom to the top of the Americana and Country charts when it's released next month.  Now the industry takes a breath before gearing up for SXSW in Austin. And we'll be there, too. Check out Billy Bragg's touching performance of his classic "New England" and look out for more great Americana performances on Epiphone's You Tube channel.