Bruce Springsteen was blue collar before it was cool. This Jersey boy has written and performed so awesome songs, he has to play concerts that are at least three hours long. His concerts are epic and “Born To Run” sounds just as good in a dive bar in Hoboken as it does in concert (well, not really but both involve being around sweaty Jersey natives who sing at the top of their lungs). Despite the fact that Springsteen has been making music since the late 60s, he’s never been uncool. In fact, he might have even gotten cooler. He’s never had big metal hair, he’s never come out with a gimmicky movie, and he doesn’t cover Lady Gaga. He also isn’t a pretentious jerk, even though he could be if he wanted to be and people would still love his music. Recently “The Ghost of Tom Jode” and “Working On a Dream” earned him critical acclaim and even radio air play (so it was mostly on public radio, at least it wasn’t the adult contemporary station).
When you think about Americana, you think of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie and Bruce Springsteen. If you don’t, you’re clearly not from New Jersey.