I grew up on country music. As an adolescent I steered towards rock and emo. Then a few years ago I found myself on a new path. It started with a desire to listen to some old country songs. I started off on Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson, and discovered John Prine, Kasey Musgraves, Jason Isbell and others. Over the months and years I’ve continued to evolve from there. So, I’m not saying this music is all similar (it’s not) but I’ve found this all to be my style of music. At it’s core, I tend to seek out songwriters who perform their own music. I like songs that are about everyday people or everyday scenarios but have meaning. I am really turned off by most music that resembles pop or is designed for dancing. I have a lot of people tell me the music I like is “sad”. Others are political. I suppose it is, compared to most popular music but that comes with it having a more meaningful subject matter. I now consider the majority of my interests to be alternative country (aka alt country) or folk. When I share the names of the artists I listen to most people have no idea who I’m talking about. Anyway, here is my list.
The Bottle Rockets
Drive by truckers
Do you like this kind of music? If so leave other recommendations in the comments. I’d love to check out your ideas!