With The Americans (2010)
"The Americans are part of this group, these genius twenty-first century musicians that are reinventing American heritage music for this century. And it sounds even better this century." - T Bone Burnett
The Americans are a Los Angeles based band playing original rock and roll with deep roots in traditional American music. The band takes their moniker from the influential photo series by Robert Frank that was first published in 1958 with a forward by Jack Kerouac. In 2010 I joined them as their first drummer and photographed three tours covering 13 states. At that time the band toured the country playing small town bars, radio stations and rural honky-tonks from Washington state to Florida.
Below is a recording from 1330 AM KGAK "All Navajo All The Time," which serves the Diné (Navajo People) within a 100 mile radius of Gallup, New Mexico. Eugene Plummer, who is photographed in my series, shared Navajo recordings from the radio station's collection with us, and then honored us with an invitation to play two songs live.
Here is the Americans' current sound.