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Taken from forthcoming album I’ll Be Yours
Due out on 7 July via Loose
They are part of Jack White, T Bone Burnett and Robert Redford‘s ambitious documentary series American Epic currently airing on BBC4, which explores the early recording techniques used in 1920s America. As experts in early music, The Americans were invited in by Jack White to figure out the equipment and make the first recordings. Once the sessions were underway, they functioned as the house band, backing up various artists and suggesting songs to the filmmakers. The fourth episode airs this Friday 9 June and is the American Epic Sessions, where modern-day bands use the reconstructed original equipment to create new recordings. The line-up includes Jack White, Taj Mahal, Elton John, Nas, Beck, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Steve Martin, Alabama Shakes and many more, as well as The Americans themselves.
The Americans’ debut album seems to have achieved just that. “They’ve shape-shifted back into the modern-day rock and roll band,” writes Cara Gibney (No Depression), “writing contemporary music of their time, incorporating the kernel of their traditional roots, enhancing their rock and roll credentials with the emotional quality of music made generations earlier.”
Despite being unsigned at the time, The Americans have already appeared on US TV talk shows such as The Late Show with David Letterman, and served as a backing band for Lucinda Williams, Nick Cave and Courtney Love. They also recorded an original song for Hal Willner’s Son of Rogue’s Gallery (ANTI- Records), an album of sea shanties and pirate songs featuring Tom Waits, Keith Richards, and Nick Cave, executive produced by Johnny Depp and their music is featured in the Michael Mann produced film Texas Killing Fields, starring Sam Worthington and Chloë Grace Moretz.