Choosing a best song from a Putumayo collection isn't the easiest thing to do, and the Americana CD is no different. From RobinElla's "Down the Mountain," to Old Crow Medicine Show's "Wagon Wheel" and Josh Ritter's "Harrisburg," the CD covers numerous styles and generations.
Tackling the song that's been done a thousand times, a thousand ways, Tim O'Brien comes in halfway through the disc with "House of the Rising Sun." O'Brien's musical versatility shows nicely on this song, rivaling Eliza Lynn's "Sing a New Song" and Terri Hendrix's "Prayer For My Friends" as one of the most memorable songs on the album.
The Bottom Line
Putumayo has, almost without exception, staked its business on its impeccable taste in music. Providing listeners with an array of traditional music from around the world is exactly what they do best, so it's no surprise that Americana is one of the best CDs of the year so far.