I thought 2010 was a light year for talent, and then I visited the always great No Depression site, and there were 100s. To be honest, the current literature has a significant contingent saying that alt country is dead. I could not disagree more. There is a lot of great music being made (even if I do, at this time think that the 1990s were the–so far–the height of alt country as a genre.
I have taken you all through the 1960s birth of alt country, through the Byrds, and then the 1970s Parsons era. I exposed you to Jason and the Scorchers of the 1980s, as well as the bridge represented by Lone Justice, the Long Ryders, and the Cowboy Junkies. Only the Junkies are still major players in the field, and the band has lots of cross over appeal. The Golden Era of Alt Country awaits us–when I discovered many of the acts I will post via internet radio. The internet was live then as well, so expect lots of links.
As it pertains to the recent 2010 list (20 years after the golden era), I tried to pick what I knew, and then searched and found many I somehow overlooked this year. In no particular order, and with some fudging, here are my top 25. No Depression has now made a top 20 for 2010 with some variation. Happy 2011!
Drive By Truckers: 4th night of my Drinking
Band of Horses: Laredo
Trampled by Turtles: Wait so Long
Son Volt: Down to the Wire
Josh Ritter: Lantern:
The Gaslight Anthem: Even Cowgirls get the Blues
Ryan Bingham: Junky Star
Phosphorescent: It’s Hard to be Humble
Deer Tick: 20 Miles
Two Cow Garage:
Kim Richey (talking about Chuck Prophet!)
Mumford and Sons: Little Lion Man (language warning!)
Drive By Truckers: Workin’ this Job
Carolina Chocolate Drops – Genuine Negro Jig
Carolina Chocolate Drops – Hit em Up Style
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