Americana is a loosely-defined aesthetic which consists of music, artifacts, scenery, folklore, and material culture which are seen as distinctly or especially "American" (i.e., of or relating to what is now the United States and its inhabitants). There is considerable disagreement over what counts as "American" because vast differences exist between different regions and subcultures within American society; for example, most people would put Jazz or Hip-Hop aesthetics in separate categories from Americana, despite both genres being uniquely American in their origins, promulgation, and current praxis. Similarly, Juggalos and the Amish do not fall under the "Americana" umbrella, though Yeehaw might.

Much of the aesthetic is characterized by nostalgia for an idealized or imagined past, often seen as "more wholesome" than modern American tastes and mores. The aesthetic is often commercialized: restaurant chains such as Red Robin and Applebee's decorate their interior walls with a seemingly-random collection of mid-20th century artifacts and signage which is affectionately known as "Americana clutter".

Visual

Biker

Biker is a motorcycle subculture extremely popular in America. It is generally centered on the use of cruiser motorcycles, particularly Harley-Davidsons and choppers, and a set of ideals that celebrate freedom, nonconformity to mainstream culture, and loyalty to the biker group.

Greasers

Greasers are a youth subculture that was popularized in the 1950s to 1960s by predominantly working class and lower class teenagers and young adults in the United States. The subculture remained prominent into the mid-1960s and was particularly embraced by certain ethnic groups in urban areas, particularly Italian- and Hispanic-Americans.

Okies

Okies are residents, native, or cultural descendant of Oklahoma. During the 1930s, Californians referred to migrant Midwestern farm workers as "Okies", who were refugee farm families from the Southern Plains who migrated to California to escape the ruin of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl.

In James Blish's Cities in Flight science fiction series, the term "Okie" was applied in a similar context to entire cities that, thanks to an anti-gravity device, take flight to the stars in order to escape an economic collapse on Earth. Working as a migrant labor force, these cities act as cultural pollinators, spreading technology and knowledge throughout the expanding human civilization. The later novels focus on the travels of New York City as one such Okie city, though there are many others.

Redneck

The Redneck aesthetic has a strong connection to the Southeastern United States with a strong emphasis on traditional values and the simple life. A lot of Redneck visuals can cross over with Cottagecore, but there can also be signs of the ever-controversial Confederate flag which many adherents to the Redneck aesthetic will insist simply means "traditional values", despite everything known about what the Confederate States of America were all about (namely, the protection of the institution of slavery).

Route 66

Route 66 was named after historic U.S. Route 66, the first interstate highway to connect the East and West Coasts of the United States, this aesthetic is centered on classic American car culture. Though it is primarily a visual aesthetic, it is often associated with classic rock 'n' roll tunes from the 1950s.

This subgenre of the Americana aesthetic often overlaps with Greaser and hot-rod culture (a.k.a. Kustom Kulture).

Music

Biker

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Greasers

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Okies

  • California Okie – Buck Owens (1976).
  • Dear Okie – Doye O’Dell/Rudy Sooter (1948)
  • Lonesome Okie Goin’ Home – Merl Lindsay and the Oklahoma Night Riders (1947).
  • Oakie Boogie – Jack Guthrie and His Oklahomans (1947) – considered by many to be the first Rock & Roll song.
  • Okie – J. J. Cale (1974).
  • "Okie From Muskogee" – a song by Merle Haggard from the 1969 album of the same name
  • "Okie" – a song by Patrick Sky a parody of the above, from his 1973 album Songs that made America Famous
  • Oklahoma Swing-by Reba McEntire and Vince Gill
  • Okie Skies – The Bays Brothers (2004).
  • Okies in California – Doye O'Odell (1949).
  • Ramblin' Okie – Terry Fell.
  • She's An Okie – Al Vaughn.
  • Okanagan Okie – Stompin' Tom Connors
  • "Israelites & Okies" a song from The Lost Dogs (Album Old Angel – Terry Taylor (2010 Fools of the World)

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  • Lynyrd Skynyrd

Route 66

  • "Life is a Highway", by Rascal Flatts
  • "Shake, Rattle and Roll", by Big Joe Turner
  • Elvis Presley (early works)
  • Chuck Berry
  • Bill Haley & His Comets (esp. "Rock Around the Clock" and "Shake, Rattle and Roll")
  • Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Johnny Cash (early works)
  • "On the Road Again", by Willie Nelson

Fashion

Biker

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Greasers

  • Black Leather jackets
  • Pompadours
  • Jeans
  • White T-Shirts
  • Cigarettes

Okies

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Redneck

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Route 66

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