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“Alternative country” can refer to several ideas. Most generally, any musician who plays a type of country music different from the prevailing trend can be said to play “alternative country”. By this standard, for example, the Bakersfield sound was alternative in the 1950s, and the Lubbock, Texas musicians were alternative in the 1960s.

In the 1990s, however, “alternative country” came to refer to a diverse group of musicians and singers operating outside the traditions and industry of mainstream country music. In general, these musicians eschewed the high production values and pop outlook of the Nashville-dominated industry, to produce music with a lo-fi sound, frequently infused with a strong punk and rock & roll aesthetic, bending the traditional rules of country music. Lyrics are often bleak, gothic or socially aware. In other respects, the musical styles of artists that fall within this genre often have little in common, ranging from traditional American folk tunes and bluegrass, through rockabilly and honky-tonk, to music that is indistinguishable from mainstream rock or country. Indeed, many alternative country artists come from punk and rock backgrounds. This already broad labelling has been further confused by alternative country artists disavowing the movement, mainstream artists declaring they are part of it, and retroactive claims that past or veteran musicians are alternative country. No Depression, the most well-known magazine dedicated to the genre, declared that it covered “alternative-country music (whatever that is)”.

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Shakey Graves
Nikki LaneConcert
Royale Boston
Boston, United States
42.349685 -71.065332

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Father John Misty
King TuffConcert
9:30 Club
Washington DC, United States
38.918039 -77.023632

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The Minus 5Concert
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Denver, United States
39.743234 -104.999266

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Son Lux
Natalie PrassConcert
Snug Harbor
Charlotte, United States
35.219975 -80.813215

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Greg TrooperConcert Hamilton Park Concerts
Staten Island, NY, United States

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Sturgill SimpsonConcert Cain's Ballroom
Tulsa OK, United States
36.160694 -95.994973

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