Way back in the day, a bunch of kids thought rock and roll was boring and started playing some super fast, sloppy, but extremely catchy rock and roll and breathed new life into a music scene that kept throwing different repackaged versions of the same 3 bands at the music consuming public. That music ended up being called punk rock.
This mix has nothing to do with that.
Somewhat later, a similar group of kids, punk rockers and other malcontents, thought that country music was getting boring and decided to do something similar. Some of them threw in a rockier edge, some of them went back to country’s roots and played a more traditional style with some modern innovations, some of them were just plain weird. It’s all recognizably country, yet distinct from the shiny candy-colored pop that the country music industry keeps throwing at an audience that, admittedly, eats up the shiny candy-colored pop like it was the greatest thing ever.
This mix is mostly alt-country, with some southern rock and some twangier folk rock thrown in, and also one mainstream country song by a superstar recording artist. Oh, you know who I’m talking about, or you will when you hear that unmistakable sonorous voice. I hope you like it; feel free to leave me some comments below.
- Two Cow Garage – Make it Out Alive
- The Knitters – The Call Of The Wreckin Ball
- Scud Mountain Boys – (She Took His) Picture
- Palace Music – Work Hard/Play Hard
- Murder By Death – Comin’ Home
- Drive-By Truckers – Decoration Day
- Hackensaw Boys – Oh, Girl
- Lucinda Williams – Real Live Bleeding Fingers and Broken Guitar Strings
- The Meat Purveyors – Thinking About Drinking
- The Blacks – Why Drunky?
- Elliott Brood – Edge of Town
- William Shatner – Real
- Lucero – My Best Girl (7″ version)
- The Avett Brothers – The Weight Of Lies
- Justin Townes Earle – Hard Livin’
- William Elliott Whitmore – Take It On The Chin
- Reckless Kelly – Drink Your Whiskey Down