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Alternative Country in the 90s

349 Alternative Country In The 90s

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What is alternative country an alternative to? Country? Rock?

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In the 1990s the term alternative country appeared, we’re talking the bands, the sound and influences. What is alternative country an alternative to? Country? Rock? We dig into the unique aspects that separate alternative country from its more mainstream counterparts and the sounds that help create it. We talk some of the biggest influences upon 90s alternative country, including Gram Parsons, Neil Young, the punk rock from labels like SST and more. We talk about our favourite 90s alternative country albums, and which artists today are carrying the alternative country torch. To do so, we’re joined by returning roundtable guests Eric Grubbs of Dallas ObserverJim Kopeny of Chicagoist and Jim Hanke of Vinyl Emergency.

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Songs in this episode

  • ‍Intro - Are You Ready for the Country by Neil Young
  • 16:42 - Blue by The Jayhawks
  • 29:08 - Postcard by Uncle Tupelo
  • 47:36 - California Stars by Billy Bragg and Wilco
  • 1:01:32 - Dancefloors by My Morning Jacket
  • Outro - Hot Burrito #2 by Dinosaur Jr (Flying Burrito Brothers cover)

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Genre Dissection - Roundtable