"She can do anything that she wants,

she won’t have to please anyone.


The possibilities are endless,

endless as a clear blue sky."

- Robin Pearl, "Clear Blue Sky"

Episode One: Meet Billy

Americana is recognized as an amalgam of all kinds of roots music—bluegrass, folk, R&B, singer-songwriter—if it features acoustic instruments, a story to tell, and doesn’t fit into the cramped confines of mainstream country radio, it’s Americana. In the early 1990s Billy Block hosted the Western Beat Radio Hour, on KIEV-AM 870 Radio in Los Angeles. At that time, if you were to look up the term Americana (in an encyclopedia...) you’d likely find images of handmade quilts, road