We’ve been arranging some recent Americana hits for string quartet, and their soft, sentimental feel is an excellent fit for string ensembles. First, we return to the Twilight movie series soundtrack with “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” by Iron and Wine. This song gives strings the chance to play a gentle, lilting, country-western waltz. Then, we return to Popped String favorite Jason Mraz for his song “I Won’t Give Up.” This is an excellent addition to the “I’m Yours” string quartet and string trio arrangements that have been so popular for weddings. Finally, we stay close to home with Los Angeles band Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros with a string quartet arrangement of their hit “Home.” Hopefully, this will be the first in a series of arrangements featuring our local favorites.

And then, what do you call Australian Americana music? Australiana? Hmm. Well, we arranged for string quartet the song chosen for a recent Australian tourism campaign that has become a big hit on its own: “It’s Like Love” by Dewayne Everettsmith and Jasmine Beams.  To translate this duet of singer/guitarist and violist to string quartet, we pass the vocal and viola melodies between the violin 1, violin 2, and viola parts. This creates a lot of movement and sound variety.

Keep your eyes on this page for more Americana/folk/country-western arrangements, and contact us with your requests.

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