In the early nineties, a bunch of musicians, influenced by the sounds of classic honky-tonk, roots rock, bluegrass and old-school country became inspired by the do-it-yourself ethic of punk rock. They operated outside the mainstream country music scene. Many eschewed the polished production values and pop sensibilities of the Nashville-dominated industry (see previous New Music Friday recommendation, Brett Young) in favor of a grittier, low-fi, and more authentic sound.
The Old 97’s have been a highlight of the alternative country scene for nearly 25 years. On their 11th album, Graveyard Whistling, they sound engaged, energetic, and as essential as ever.
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