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  • 'Dead Ringer' by The Whiskey Gentry: your new alt-country favorite

    'Dead Ringer' by The Whiskey Gentry: your new alt-country favorite

    If you're a fan of alt-country, you probably have your favorite bands that you play regularly. When you listen to Dead Ringer by The Whiskey Gentry, you might want to make room for another band in your alt-country rotation. The album begins with "Following You." Right from the beginning, you get...
  • SUSTO begins their tour with The Lumineers Feb. 28 in Dallas.

    Interview: Justin Osborne of SUSTO talks new album '& I'm Fine Today' and upcoming tour with The Lumineers

    South Carolina-based indie rock group SUSTO is a band on the up and up. They just released their sophomore album, & I’m Fine Today. Also exciting, SUSTO will be opening up for The Lumineers on their North American tour. AXS recently had a chance to talk with primary songwriter and bandleader...
  • Lambchop releases sublime cover of Prince's 'When You Were Mine'

    Lambchop releases sublime cover of Prince's 'When You Were Mine'

    Just as their North American and European tour is set to kick-off, Nashville-based alt-country band Lambchop has released a sublime cover of Prince’s “When You Were Mine.” Although never released as a single, the track has become one of the Purple One’s most beloved songs. Inspired by the person...
  • Alt-country band Jared & The Mill releases video for 'Keep Me Going'

    Alt-country band Jared & The Mill releases video for 'Keep Me Going'

    Coming up with a new idea for a video isn't easy. More to the point it's hard to new if a band has a new idea for a video simply because so many videos have been recorded by bands. Whether or not it's a new idea, the video for the new song "Keep Me Going" by Jared and The Mill certainly does catch...
  • The top 10 best Lucinda Williams songs

    The top 10 best Lucinda Williams songs

    Lucinda Williams is an American singer/ songwriter with a musical approach that has evolved out of a number of influences. Her first releases in the early '80s were in a mostly straight ahead country music style, but since then it has morphed into a unique hybrid of country, folk, blues, alt...
  • The top 10 best Jayhawks songs

    The top 10 best Jayhawks songs

    The Jayhawks are a country rock and alt country band from Minneapolis, Minnesota that was formed in 1985. The classic line-up of the band is fronted by Mark Olson and Gary Louris. Olson and Louris both are guitarist/vocalist/songwriters who have created well-written vehicles for their shimmering...
  • Tawny Ellis' ‘Ghosts Of The Low Country’ EP

    Tawny Ellis readies to release ‘Ghosts Of The Low Country’ EP

    Los Angeles-based, Georgia-born singer-songwriter/musician Tawny Ellis is prepping to release her new EP Ghosts Of The Low Country. Her sixth recording and second EP, this new disc contains four tracks featuring a blend of alt-country, folk and rock. Leading the way on lap steel and vocals, Ellis...
  • Not Here by The Pollies is pretty alt-country

    Not Here by The Pollies is pretty alt-country

    With bands like Drive-By Truckers and Banditos, Alabama has some pretty good representation in the field of alt-country. The Pollies may not be at that level yet, but it proves with its new album Not Here that there is just something about Alabama that produces good bands. Some people and bands have...
  • Torero makes pretty alt-country songs that rock

    Torero makes pretty alt-country songs that rock

    Country music has not only traveled down a variety of paths from rockabilly to the broader Americana, but it has also come from a variety of places. Torero is a good example of both. This Toronto band explores the avenue of alt-country on its self-titled album. The album opens with "Shot in the Dark...
  • Slow Motion Cowboys Live in Taos is great alt-country

    Slow Motion Cowboys Live in Taos is great alt-country

    When you look at the music in your collection, you probably see a lot of artists that you found by happy accident. Maybe it was recommended by a friend. Maybe it's a band that opened for another band you saw at some point. In any case, those bands that you weren't really looking for can often be...
  • 'Going Down' by Mississippi Live & The Dirty Dirty is solid alt-country

    'Going Down' by Mississippi Live & The Dirty Dirty is solid alt-country

    If you're a music fan who is not bound by any particular genre - also known as a musical omnivore - here's something you should do at some point. Go to Bandcamp. Enter a genre as a search term. Then just randomly choose an album that appears in the results. You'll be amazed at how many musical...
  • Burgeoning country-punk star Lydia Loveless to rock Durham's Motorco Music Hall

    Burgeoning country-punk star Lydia Loveless to rock Durham's Motorco Music Hall

    Lydia Loveless probably doesn’t care too much about what you label her, she just wants you to listen to her music. The talented 24-year-old singer-songwriter, categorized by music critics as a blend of country and punk, will bring her talents to Durham’s Motorco Music Hall on Thursday, Feb. 1...
  • Listen to Gentleman Road for some great alt-country

    Listen to Gentleman Road for some great alt-country

    If you're a fan of music - whether live or recorded - you probably find yourself thinking about why you love music so much. It could be any number of reasons, but your friends who are not as interested in music as you are have a hard time understanding why you love music so much. The truth is that...
  • The Jayhawks: Harmony and twang

    The Jayhawks: Harmony and twang

    The Jayhawks are an alt-country band that came out of the highly diverse and prolific music scene in Minneapolis during the mid-'80s. Led by singer/songwriters Gary Louris and Mark Olson on guitars, the band's influences reach back to the beginnings of country rock as well as to the first wave of...
  • Mary Gauthier shares her stories

    Mary Gauthier shares her stories

    Mary Gauthier is a singer/songwriter and author of short stories whose own back story is the stuff of literature. Born in New Orleans, she was immediately put up for adoption by a mother she never knew. She ran away from her adoptive parents (stealing their car in the bargain) at age 15 and spent...
  • Thirty Dollar Stella: You're in Some Trouble, Son

    Thirty Dollar Stella: You're in Some Trouble, Son

    The new album from Thirty Dollar Stella kicks off with a version of "Mystery Train." This is a fun version with (naturally) a train sort of beat on the drums and some guitar that brings Luther Perkins to mind. Even if you don't know this song, you'll find it hard to resist singing along. This is not...
  • The pure country sounds of The Sunset Drifters will get you moving

    The pure country sounds of The Sunset Drifters will get you moving

    Some artists just know how to put words together to really grab a listeners attention. The Sunset Drifters certainly fall into that category. When you play "Brokedown" - the first song listed on the band's ReverbNation Page - the first thing you'll hear is "Well, we broke down about a quarter past...
  • The Train Wrecks: 'We Roll On'

    The Train Wrecks: 'We Roll On'

    We Roll On by The Train Wrecks (from Savannah, Georgia) begins with the title track, a song with a rhythm that immediately gets your head moving and your toes tapping. The guitar in the intro of this song sounds a lot like The Reverend Horton Heat. For that matter, the vocals are pretty similar to...
  • Eliot Bronson debuts new CD at the Evening Muse Nov. 21

    Eliot Bronson debuts new CD at the Evening Muse Nov. 21

    Atlanta-based singer/songwriter Eliot Bronson returns to Charlotte’s Evening Muse on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. He’ll be singing songs from his new self-titled album, Eliot Bronson, released on Oct. 21 by Saturn 5 Records. Bronson has been touring extensively since its release, with future dates set in...
  • Australian band Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes release 'Black Coffee' in the U.S.

    Australian band Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes release 'Black Coffee' in the U.S.

    Australian-based roots/Americana act Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes have just released their latest album “Black Coffee” in the U.S. The talented group, fronted by singer/songwriter/guitarist Lachlan Bryan, have created a fun, catchy, yet layered alt-country effort in “Black Coffee.” The country twang...
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