My name is Mac Bartine. I'm a social entrepreneur and professional musician (everymanaking.net), and I've just officially gone into business with Americana City, LLC. I'm in the business of helping others succeed in their online business ventures, creative marketing solutions, music and art promotion, and a portion of my profits are going to go to pay off the debts of my employees (a long story how I came to that part, but it's something that drives everything my company will do).
I want a wordpress theme that visually invokes the best of Americana, with a cross between a Southern/Appalachian sensibility with an urban flare.
Hence, 'Jack White meets the 4th of July'.
As the holding company for my existing businesses, which are predominantly local to the Knoxville, TN area, my website will mostly be seen by people from this region.
HOWEVER, my plans for expansion are not limited to geography, and I want this theme to appeal to both those who love old Americana culture (think the best aspects of Cracker Barrel), and those who love the modern results of that culture - rock music, art, urban culture, etc.
Please see the attached PDF, which gives the basic layout and shapes that I'm interested in seeing used. NOTE - nav sections in right-hand diamonds: web marketing, mobile commerce (as in smart phone commerce), creative solutions, contests, entertainment
Sites that use some of these and other elements that I like include:
http://www.wordpress-designers.com/ (look down and right for 1 example of patriotic theme - not what I'm looking for, just an example)
http://www.portraitofourparents.com/ (I like the diamond shapes on right, but want them 'more tight' graphically)
http://www.fuseboxtheatre.com/ (nice header and background integration)
http://tweetsie.com/ (nice use of compartmentalized imagery in background and content areas)
http://www.pennstatelocal.com/ (same as above)
Also, the resulting theme has to invoke the following visually. All the different shaded areas in the pdf are areas that can be used to integrate these elements:
*Americana arts, crafts and Appalachian culture
*Rock n Roll
*Patriotic imagery (fireworks and the American Flag)
*Some invocation of urban life
How you do that is up to you, and if you want to try variations of the above to make everything work visually, I encourage you to use your own imagination and creativity to make it happen.
Please don't hesitate to ask questions or request feedback; I'll do my best to answer as quickly as possible.