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Cosmic Cowboy Revival and What is Americana Music.
CCR is a band that performs Americana music. The best way I can explain Americana music is that it combines rock, country, and bluegrass. What gives it away is normally no electric guitars, electric keyboards or horns but includes amplified acoustic guitars, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, Dobro, drums and bass. Some current examples are Steve n' Seagulls, Dead South, The Cleverlys, Hayseed Dixie and Goodnight Texas.
The genre first began to be formalized in the late 1990's at the famous South by Southwest festival in Austin Texas. Out of that came the Americana Music Association whose festival and convention has now grown by 2008 to a four day event in the Ryman Auditorium (the old Grand Old Opry). In 2009 the Recording Academy added Americana as a musical category.
Bruce Andersen started playing the guitar when he first heard Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 revisited. Soon afterwards the wheel was discovered. After several bands he ended in the Sound Caravan that played in clubs in South Florida. Later in Gainesville he played in many local bands and even opened for Tom Petty as a small claim to fame. Many years later he formed the Bluesbusters who played in Orlando area clubs and released three original CD’s. After that he performed a Neil Young Tribute for several years. Recently he formed the Cosmic Cowboy Revival, an Americana band where he now plays the guitar, harmonica, banjo, mandolin and Dobro.