First, the genre of Americana is growing in influence and popularity across the USA. Second, my old pal Brett Sparks (The Handsome Family) reminded me that the genre was originally a marketing ploy devised by country-Western radio industry types who wanted a broader audience. With that in mind, it's high time you sauntered down to a place where you can get a load of some real American music. On Wednesday, April 19, that place is Sister. Steve Hammond & his High Plains Grifters will be playing a show with the UNM Honky Tonk Ensemble, as well as The Tumbleweeds. Hammond (Leeches of Lore) is a cultural treasure whose intense interest in honky tonk has sounded new sonic alarms across the city. The college folks are led by Dr. Kristina Jacobsen, a musicologist with a flair for bringing our nation's folk traditions to the fore. The Tumbleweeds feature a traditional Western swing ensemble fronted by legendary Texan fiddler Joe Carter. So, if you wanna be witness to the real deal—not the radio-friendly version—you ought to go; for 21+ cowpokes, it'll be free to park your horse and leave your spurs at the door.