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us: Alternative country music



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    • us: Alt-country music
    • us: Americana (Alternative country music)
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    • found: Work cat.: 2008022956: Old roots and new routes : the cultural politics of alt. country music, 2009
    • found: All Music Guide WWW site, June 4, 2008 (Like its cousin alternative rock, alternative country exists outside of the mainstream, in this case, Nashville. Alternative country strips country to its basics and then subverts it, both musically and lyrically.)
    • found: Wikipedia, June 4, 2008 (Alternative country is a a term used to describe a number of country music subgenres that tend to differ from mainstream or pop country music. The term is sometimes known as Alt. country and has included country music bands that have incorporated influences ranging from American folk tunes, bluegrass, rock-and-roll, rockabilly, honky-tonk and punk rock. In the 1990s, "alternative country" came to refer to a diverse group of musicians and singers operating outside the traditions and industry of mainstream country music. In general, these musicians eschewed the high production values and pop outlook of the Nashville-dominated industry, to produce music with a lo-fi sound, frequently infused with a strong punk and rock & roll aesthetic, bending the traditional rules of country music. Lyrics are often bleak, gothic or socially aware. Alternative country is popularly referred to, especially in print, as "alt-country" or sometimes "alt. country")
    • found: Wikipedia, Oct. 12, 2010 (Americana. An amalgam of roots musics formed by the confluence of the shared and varied traditions that make up the American musical ethos; specifically those sounds that are merged from folk, country, rhythm & blues, rock & roll and other external influential styles. Americana is popularly referred to, especially in print, as alternative country, alt-country or sometimes alt.country.)
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