Alternative country bands you should give a spin

by Patty Templeton

This is by all means, not a definitive list. Just a few favorites from Jon Lynch and Caitlin Cannon:

Lynch’s recsOld 97’s

Lynch says: “‘Wreck Your Life’ … to me, it could be a desert island record.”

Drag the River

Lynch says: “They’re a Fort Collins band. The record, ‘It’s Crazy,’ that record is [deep, satisfied sigh], and their “Live at the Starlight,” is much the same.”

Also among Jon Lynch’s must-listens:Slobberbone

Uncle Tupelo’s “No Depression” and “Anodyne”

Son Volt’s “Trace”

Drive-by Truckers’ “Decoration Day”

Cannon’s recsWhiskeytown’s “Pneumonia”

DBT’s “Southern Rock Opera”

Ryan Adams’ “Heartbreaker” and “Gold”

Local alt-country bands

Farmington Hill: Especially their first album, “Bridge to Nowhere.”

Cannon says: “I think Farmington Hill is one of the last alternative country bands. They totally encapsulate that sound.”

Lawn Chair Kings: Another band with Erik Nordstrom’s at the center

Cannon says: “They’re like a cross between Wilco and bluegrass, and I don’t know what that is – but good.”

The Crags: Mostly garage and surf, they incorporate elements of alt country.

Greg Oldson and the Brown Brothers Band

Lynch says: “I don’t believe any of the members are still in Durango, but, they made two albums of what I think are almost perfect Americana or alternative country records.”

Patty TempletonDGO Staff Writer


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