Complete Listing of Radio Charts for Roots,
Americana, Bluegrass and Folk Radio Formats.
(Americana Music Association)
(Roots Music Association)
(Rein van den Berg)
(Third Coast Music Network)
(The Alternate Root)
(Radio Free Americana)
Americana as a radio format developed during the 1990s as a reaction to the highly polished sound that defined the mainstream music of that decade (similar pressures also led to the formation of the classic country format at around the same time). Because of listener interest in the artists who do not fit as comfortably in the country or rock genres, a radio format called "Americana" was developed by . Born out of Triple A, non-commercial, country and other formats, the Americana format is the sum of the parts that have showcased Americana music since its inception.
Rob Bleetstein of San Francisco, and Jon Grimson of Nashville. Bleetstein became the first Americana chart editor as , a former radio trade publication created the first Americana radio chart, which was published on January 20, 1995.
The grew out of the format as an effort to bring all Americana music supporters, performers, and professionals together to expand the visibility and viability of the music. The AMA created their own chart that was reported to (R&R), a former trade publication.