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Alternative Country is derivative of Progressive Country and thus heavily influenced by it in the early 1980s.

Alternative country (sometimes alt-country, insurgent country, or Americana) is a loosely defined sub-genre of country music, which includes acts that differ significantly in style from mainstream or pop country music. It has been used to describe country music bands and artists that have incorporated influences ranging from roots rock, bluegrass, rockabilly, honky-tonk, alternative rock, folk rock, and particularly punk.

The basic musical features of the genre are having a number of instruments including banjos, pianos, guitars, rifts, keyboards, drums, and heavy to medium vocals with a mix of various other sub-genres (light rock, soft jazz, etc).

See also: Progressive Country, Goth Rock (under Gothabilly).

Noteable Artists
  • 500 Miles to Memphis
  • Brantley Gilbert
  • Fake Problems
  • Mindy Smith
  • Langhorne Slim
  • Son Volt
  • Six Mile Grove
  • Slim Cessna's Auto Club
  • Slobberbone
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