Alt Country That Rocks
by Dan Weiss | August 2, 2013
There's no problem with Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Wilco and Ryan Adams leading the pack as far as alt country goes — except that it gives people the wrong impression. The genre abounds with true rock 'n' rollers ("Hard-Core Troubadours" as Steve Earle would say), from explosive Texans the Old 97's to Leeds anarchist folk heroes The Mekons. Everyone knows Neil Young doesn't get enough credit for his gritty country leanings, and Hayes Carll likewise deserves more. So here's country to crank up, from the Meat Purveyors' hyper-speed bluegrass to The Bottle Rockets' hypocrisy manifesto "Idiot's Revenge".