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    Alternative/modern country music?

    I don't even know if this is an accurate title or not, however what I wanted to ask is about music like 'The Civil Wars', 'Mumford and Sons', 'Those Poor Bastards', and other acoustic/folk/alternative/country bands. What genre would anyone even put these people in? Is it country? Is it folk? Is it alternative rock? Maybe its the modern day version of the singer songwriter like Jim Croce and James Taylor from the 70's?

    I absolutely abhor what is classified as country music these days. There is nothing 'country' about Tim McGraw, or Brad Paisley, or whoever else is in the Nashville establishment. Taylor Swift? Please. These people play pop music with a redneck accent.

    That rant out of the way, what I'm looking for are more bands like the ones listed in the first paragraph. IE talented bands/musicians who haven't glitzed and glammed it up for Nashville.

    So, suggestions?

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    Re: Alternative/modern country music?

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    Re: Alternative/modern country music?

    I don't even know if this is an accurate title or not, however what I wanted to ask is about music like 'The Civil Wars', 'Mumford and Sons', 'Those Poor Bastards', and other acoustic/folk/alternative/country bands. What genre would anyone even put these people in?
    I would classify it as Indie/Folk Rock and Adult Alternative Rock.

    As for suggestions, the Jayhawks, Storyville, Wilco, King Charles and this list here..

    http://www.last.fm/music/Mumford+&+Sons/+similar
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    Re: Alternative/modern country music?

    well you have Ya'allternative
    Uncle Tupelo
    Whiskeytown
    The Jayhawks
    The Old 97's
    Bottlerockets


    80's 90's singers
    Rodney Crowe
    Steve Earle

    00's Singers
    Charlie Robison
    Chris Knight
    Slaid Cleaves


    Folk guys
    Todd Snider

    I call it "New Traditional" it's rootsy, can have more of a stripped down feel.

    Put it this way, Billy Sherrill would not like it.

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    Re: Alternative/modern country music?

    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou View Post
    well you have Ya'allternative
    Uncle Tupelo
    Whiskeytown
    The Jayhawks
    The Old 97's
    Bottlerockets


    80's 90's singers
    Rodney Crowe
    Steve Earle

    00's Singers
    Charlie Robison
    Chris Knight
    Slaid Cleaves


    Folk guys
    Todd Snider

    I call it "New Traditional" it's rootsy, can have more of a stripped down feel.

    Put it this way, Billy Sherrill would not like it.
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    Re: Alternative/modern country music?

    Quote Originally Posted by 919191 View Post
    I love it when someone mentions Todd Snider other than me.
    I love Todd Snider.
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    Re: Alternative/modern country music?

    Quote Originally Posted by redsfanmia View Post
    I love Todd Snider.
    He's an alright guy

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    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou View Post
    He's an alright guy
    I can't complain about your choice here.

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    Re: Alternative/modern country music?

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    Re: Alternative/modern country music?

    The Lumineers would probably be up your alley.

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    Re: Alternative/modern country music?

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    Re: Alternative/modern country music?

    Avett Brothers. Old Crow Medicine Show.
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    Re: Alternative/modern country music?

    I call it Americana as well, and it's my favorite genre. Great suggestions from everyone, although I can't believe Ryan Adams, my favorite of all of them, hasn't been mentioned yet!

    My regularly played list includes Adams, Wilco, Punch Brothers, Uncle Tupelo, Civil Wars, Jones Street Station, Mumford & Sons, Avett Brothers, Gillian Welch, and Whiskeytown.

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    Tall Buildings - Jones Street Station (Overcome) - YouTube

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    Re: Alternative/modern country music?

    Avett Brothers and Mumford and Sons are two of my favorite bands to emerge in the past few years. I've seen them both live and they're fantastic. I also like what I've heard from the Lumineers and Noah and the Whale, off the top of my head.
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