Defining the alt.country boom of the late 80s and 90s, the best alt.country musicians stood apart with an almost punk-like approach to tradition.
Showing that the American roots music dubbed ‘Americana’ had infiltrated almost every type of music, reDiscover Johnny Cash’s ‘American II: Unchained’.
With his heart on his sleeve, Ryan Adams created ‘Heartbreaker’, a debut album of such emotion-shattering magnitude it continues to speak to millions.
Released two after its original recording, Whiskeytown’s ‘Pneumonia’ album remains a much-loved swansong from the alt.country pioneers.
They’re both unpredictable, overwhelmingly prolific, and sometimes wilfully obtuse: if you like Neil Young… you’ll love Ryan Adams.
Discover the top 10 alternative country music artists who have thrown everything, from rockabilly, folk-rock and punk, into their roots rock stews.