Monday, May 26, 2014

My Top 10 Favorite Alt-Country Songs of the '90s

Here's some '90s nostalgia for you: Remember the golden years of alt country (aka "insurgent country," "Ya'llternative" etc.)? A weird, wild spirit of irreverence and craziness permeated much of the music -- even though every now and then some of the tunes came out quite pretty. The best of the genre celebrated the traditions of country music, even though they frequently made fun of world of country.

Here are some of my favorites. (Note: not all these videos were performed in the '90s, but that's where all these songs came from.)

* "The Death of Country Music" by The Waco Brothers


* "Love, Life, Death & The Meter Man" by Angry Johnny & The Killbillies


 * "Hogs on the Highway" by The Bad Livers

* "The Virginian" by Neko Case


 * "Papa Was a Steel-Headed Man" by Robbie Fulks


 * "My Wife Thinks You're Dead" by Junior Brown


* "My Baby's Gone" by The Backsliders 

 * "Junkyard in the Sun" by Butch Hancock 

* "Tallacatcha" by Alvin Youngblood Hart

 * "Cheaters World" by Amy Allison (Couldn't find a video, but here's the Spotify link)

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