Alt-country is a musical genre that first really appeared in the late 80's or early 90's. There were several key places where the music flourished, namely St. Louis, Chicago, Dallas and Nashville. The music itself is a hybrid of punk and country. A friend described it as "Willie Nelson meets the Clash or Sex Pistols".

The most important, if not well known, alt-country band had to be Uncle Tupelo. The band broke up, and its members reformed as two seperate bands, Wilco and Son Volt. Other alt-country bands include The Mavericks, Bottlerockets, The Old '97s and Southern Culture on the Skids.