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 favorite 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 Observer, Jim Kopeny of Chicagoist and Jim Hanke of Vinyl Emergency.
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)