Cowpunk Cattle Call
by Jim Allen | June 19, 2013
Welcome to the musical intersection where reckless, punk-informed abandon crashes headfirst into the honky-tonk, where bang meets twang and the collision creates the ragged-but-right hybrid commonly called cowpunk. Back in the '80s a whole host of rockers with a deep-down love of country (or was it vice versa?) kicked off the cowpunk movement, at a time when the party line of rock snobbery dictated a hands-off policy toward anything remotely twangy (remember, alt country didn't really take off until the '90s). Ever since then, punk and country have kept on cross-pollinating, perpetuating a cowpunk world where tats and cowboy hats seem like a natural fit. Saddle up for an era-spanning cowpunk primer.