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 Robert Frank photography series 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.


This 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, the disc jokey who is photographed in my series, shared Navajo recordings from the radio station's collection before honoring us with an invitation to play some tunes live.