Rumors of alt-country’s demise are greatly exaggerated. Just don’t call it alt-country, sayeth two former Jayhawks:
GARY LOURIS: “Alternative country is just such a sweeping generalization. We never did and still to this day don?t feel part of a scene or a movement. Really, we were all floating around in our own different band worlds.”
MARK OLSON: “I don’t think anything?s happened to [alt-country]. It’s probably just the same as it was then. There’s a certain amount of people who when they put on those old records go, ‘I gotta play something like this.'”
But don’t discount the forefathers. Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Big Star’s Jody Stephens, and Soul Asylum’s Dan Murphy join Louris for Golden Smog’s new one Another Fine Day. The No Depression supergroup delivers a cool cover of Dave Davies’ “Strangers,” but two tunes Tweedy co-wrote are the highlights. Stream the whole album here.
And download this chugging singalong, which adds some horns to the mix:
Golden Smog – “5-22-02″ (MP3)