Call it real country, retro-country, hardcore country, progressive country, regressive country, independent country, insurgent country, alternative country, neo-traditional country, garage country, Rural Rock and Roll, punk country, cow punk, roots music, roots rock, twangcore, y'allternative, grange (as opposed to grunge), rural contemporary, No Depression, Americana, Cosmic American Music, Gram's crackers, grain elevator music... but whatever it is, it's fabulous and deserves to be played on the radio. A lot. Adding to the confusion is that this whatever music also encompasses some, but not all, old-time country, bluegrass, folk, rockabilly, surf and roots rock. Whatever.
A top 40 list of such bands is maintained and continually updated at americana-music.com
This is a very good listing of the Austin, Texas Music Scene. If you are ever in town....
My suggestions for your alt.country CD collection:
(top choices for each year, starting with 1992)
Hear a lot of this music via Larry Monroe's Many Great Weekly Radio Shows broadcast via KUT in Austin and via the Internet.
Also hear this music via Swinging Doors, a program on KCMU in Seattle by Postcard2 list Dad and arbiter of alt.country taste, Don Yates.
If you can't find this music in your local music store, try Miles of Music
In search of words to old-time and classic country songs that these performers often cover? You can find the words to thousands of old songs via Digital Tradition
To see where REAL country gets its inspiration, visit:
and there's also these newsgroups that might interest you (please be respectful of the subject matter):
(If you get an error message when you click on this link, your Internet provider does not subscribe to these newsgroups; or, you cannot access newsgroups via your Internet browser)
Old-Time Music on the Radio (OTR) has made public its database of old-time CDs
great twang events
a nationally-recognized annual festival in June...
four days of music by more than 15 bands and performers...
an annual (and frequently lauded) compilation CD...
the whole thang put together via the Internet by volunteers in different cities across the U.S....
1999 was the first for me.
Every March in Austin Texas
Per the request of some of you out there who have no lives and read this web site to fill your empty hours, I've posted three essays and a tip sheet re: SXSW that you may find helpful if you are wondering if this is an event you should attend.
SXSW2000: Too Much For One Web Site
No long essay this time -- there's just not enough time this year. But the picks for the Best SXSW200 moments and the Hall of Shame should entertain, none the less...
SXSW 1999: Rain Nor Flu Can Stop the Madness
Three's a charm.
SXSW 1998: Who Needs Sleep?
A daily account of the madness that overtakes Austin annually.
SXSW 1997: A Day-By-Day Account by An Austin Newcomer
That would be.... me.
How to Survive SXSW
All the things I wish I'd known before I went to my first one.
Hans Settler's Insurgent Country Bookmarks
Great, comprehensive content and links, but you have to have a very large computer screen to view all this, and prepare to scroll a lot.
Modern Twang: Alternative Country Music Guide & Directory
Another excellent list of links to alternative country online resources.
Tommy Womack, fab and gifted singer and songwriter, and founding member of Government Cheese a band that played from 1985 - 1992 all over the south and up the east coast, building substantial followings in Nashville, Louisville, Lexington, Knoxville, Evansville (Indiana), Carbondale (Illinois) and Charleston other points East of the Mississippi.
My hometown of Henderson, Kentucky does something worthwhile every year with the W.C. Handy Blues and Barbecue Festival
Please send it only if it is in the spirit of whatever the hell kind of music it is that this page is devoted to.
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