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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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Reckless Kelly
Reckless Kelly, Ronnie Fauss, Colton O'Neill BandConcert
Granada Theater
Dallas TX, United States
32.83084 -96.769815

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Shakey Graves
Nikki LaneConcert
Warsaw
Brooklyn, New York, United States
40.722392 -73.948408

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Father John MistyConcert The Orange Peel
Asheville NC, United States
35.591184 -82.550943

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Joe Pug
Joe Pug, Field ReportConcert
The Crocodile
Seattle WA, United States
47.613589 -122.344281

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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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