Alt-country is the stepchild of the traditional country scene. Born, arguably, when Gram Parsons plugged in his guitar and sang the finest ode to infidelity, "At the Dark End of the Street," or maybe when the Rolling Stones recorded "Dead Flowers," the sub-genre came to be characterized by its decidedly unvarnished, un-Nashville vibe. Later acts broadened alt-country's appeal by integrating punk, and in 1995, alt-country gained legitimacy with the publication of No Depression, a magazine whose title was ripped from alt-country titans Uncle Tupelo's first album (yes, it's also a Carter Family song). Here's a rundown of the ten best alt-country bands of all time.
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