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Alt Country Music

Alt Country is Hank Williams interpreted by bands who grew up on The Replacements. After Outlaw Country in the 1970s and Progressive Country of the '80s came Alt Country in the '90s. The style preserves the rural aesthetic more faithfully than mainstream country of the era. Its defining album is Uncle Tupelo's debut "No Depression" in 1990. Today, Alt-Country is a lot broader than its name implies, including the rustic pop of Uncle Tupelo spinouts Son Volt and Wilco, the retro Honky-Tonk of Dale Watson, and the country-tinged pure-pop-for-now-people of Kelly Willis.

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