suggestions for your
alt.country CD collection

Top choices for each year, from 1992 - 2001

(why not more? because I've lived in Germany since February 2001 and there's just not much twang here... Also, because I'm no longer on Postcard2, my favorite online discussion group re: alternative and real country music, because current priorities won't let me read through more than 100 messages a day anymore; Postcard was how I found out what might be worth listening to. And, finally, I still haven't found a really great, free, online radio station for listening to new alt.country, progressive country, whatever)

Please note:

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2001 This is BR5-49 BR5-49 Arista
2001 Big in Iowa Green Pop ??
2001 Danni Leigh A Shot of Whiskey and a Prayer
2001 Dolly Parton Little Sparrow Sugar Hill
2001 Various Artists Timeless: Hank Williams Tribute
2001 Gillian Welch Time (The Revelator)

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2000 Various Artists Down to the Promised Land:
5 Years Of Bloodshot Records
Bloodshot
2000 Allison Moorer The Hardest Part MCA Nashville
2000 Broke Down Slaid Cleaves Rounder
2000 The Lucky One Christy McWilson Hightone
2000 Oh Brother, Where Art Thou (Movie Soundtrack;
various artists)
Mercury
2000 Red Dirt Girl Emmylou Harris
2000 Tear Time Ted Roddy The Music Room
2000 Tarbox Ramblers Tarbox Ramblers Rounder
2000 Bolsa de Agua The Gourds
2000 Not For Sale Tim Carroll
2000 Furnace Room Lullaby Neko Case

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1999 Gypsy Mechanics Gypsy Mechanics Indigo Hamlet Music
1999 The Grass is Blue Dolly Parton Sugar Hill Records
1999 Fly The Dixie Chicks Monument
1999 Tall Tales Hot Club of Cowtown Hightone Records
1999 Half Bad Moon Damnations, Texas
1999 Cruel Moon Buddy Miller Hightone
1999 The Very Best of Robbie Fulks Robbie Fulks
1999 Low Down and Up Toni Price Antone's Records

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1998 Mermaid Avenue Billy Bragg and Wilco Elektra
1998 Car Wheels on a Gravel Road Lucinda Williams Mercury
1998 Wide Open Spaces Dixie Chicks Sony
1998 Let's Kill Saturday Night Robbie Fulks Geffen
1998 A Long Way Home Dwight Yoakam Reprise Records
1998 Big Backyard Beat Show BR5-49 Arista
1998 Wide Swing Tremelo Son Volt Warner Brothers

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1997 El Corozon Steve Earle Warner Brothers
1997 Straight Outta Boone Country various artists Bloodshot Records
1997 Reverb Deluxe Derailers Sire Records/
Watermelon Records
1997 Things Fall Apart Lonesome Bob Checkered Past Records
1997 Rural Free Delivery Whiskeytown Moodfood Records
1997 Asylum Street Spankers LIVE Asylum Street Spankers Watermelon Records
1997 South Mouth Robbie Fulks Bloodshot Records
1997 (reissue) Sweetheart of the Rodeo The Byrds Sony Music
1997 Sweet in the Pants The Meat Purveyors Bloodshot Records

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1996 Spanks for the Memories Asylum Street Spankers Watermelon Records
1996 Country Love Songs Robbie Fulks
1996 Euphonium The Picketts Rounder
1996 Jackpot The Derailers Watermelon Records
1996 Dem's Good Beeble The Gourds Sod Music BMI
1996 No. 2 Live Dinner Robert Earl Keen Sugar Hill
1996 Revival Gillian Welch Almo Sounds

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1995 Insurgent Country Vol. II various Bloodshot Records
1995 Train A 'Comin' Steve Earle Winter Harvest
1995 Faithless Street Whiskeytown Moodfood Records
1995 (reissue) When I Stop Dreaming:
The Best of the Louvin Brothers
Louvin Brothers Razor and Tie Music
1995 Wreck Your Life Old 97s Bloodshot Records
1995 Dirt Track Date Southern Culture
on the Skids
Geffen
1995 Trace Son Volt Warner Bros.

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Year Released CD Title Artist(s) Label
1994 Tulare Dust various Hightone Records
1994 (reissue) Live 1973 Gram Parsons and Fallen Angels Reissue
1994 Ditch Diggin' Southern Culture on the Skids Safe House
1994 American Recordings Johnny Cash Columbia Records
1994 Hitchhike to Rhome Old 97s Big Iron Records
1994 What a Crying Shame The Mavericks MCA Records
1994 My Life Iris DeMent Warner Bros.

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Year Released CD Title Artist(s) Label
1993 Anodyne Uncle Tupelo Sire Records

(I bought and loved a LOT more than this in 1993 -- Nirvana's In Utero, Gipsy Kings Love & Liberte, 10,000 Maniacs MTV Unplugged -- but they aren't considered altcountry, so....

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Year Released CD Title Artist(s) Label
1992 Too Much Pork Southern Culture on the Skids Safe House
1992 Arkansas Traveler Michelle Shocked Polygram
1992 Harvest Moon Neil Young Reprise Records
1992 March 16 - 20, 1992 Uncle Tupelo I Don't Know

(I didn't buy any of the above until a few years later.
I bought and loved a LOT more than this in 1992 -- REM's Automatic For the People, En Vogue's Funky Divas,
to name but two -- but they aren't considered altcountry, so....)

Also see My MySpace page, as I link to many terrific musicians, most of whom are also friends, and most of whom are alt.country or there abouts.

 
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If you can't find this music in your local music store, try this EXCELLENT resource for whatever this kind of music is (I've used them and have been very pleased): Miles of Music


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