There’s a new Chart coming and it’s gonna help a lot of artists who have been kind of “lost,” find a place for their music.
Well, technically it’s not a new chart but famed and (national) Billboard has decided to create a new Americana and Folk Albums chart in a move that recognizes the rise of artists — such as Jason Isbell and the Lumineers —who have enjoyed commercial success.
Per an article in the Tennessean, Billboard announced the chart change last Thursday, effective June 4, in an email to record executives. The chart was previously called the Folk Albums chart, leaving some Americana artists without a go-to chart.
The move comes a few months after heated debate when the country-folk band Green River Ordinance was left off the Country Albums chart, but slotted on the Folk and Rock charts. And the new chart serves as another piece of recognition for the rise of Americana, the broad umbrella of a genre that covers American roots music from multiple sub-genres — country, rock, blues, folk and jazz, among others. Jed Hilly, executive director of the Americana Music Association, called the new chart a home run. He said the chart would give sales recognition to artists that fall between multiple genres. He pointed to Old Crow Medicine Show, the Lumineers and the Civil Wars as artists that have made a dent in album sales. Artists and record labels view the Billboard charts as critical recognition of their success.
So what will this do for our Texas/Red Dirt scene? We think it’s a good thing. With the closing of the Texas Music Chart a few months ago, it really left a lot of artists stuck with just one “established chart.” This “new” chart opens up spaces for our artists to have another shot at being recognized for their amazing music in the radio world.