Music influenced both by classic country artists such as Johnny Cash, Gram Parsons, Hank Williams and Woody Guthrie as well as classic alternative or punk bands such as Nirvana, The Clash and The Sex Pistols. This genre was basically founded by two bands, Uncle Tupelo and Whiskeytown in the late 80's and early 90's. Wilco, which grew out of Uncle Tupelo, and Ryan Adams, the lead singer of Whiskeytown, have brought this genre to the fringes of the mainstream.
Frat boy: So Dude, what kind of music do you like?
You: Right now i'm listening to a lot of alt country.
Frat Boy: I hate that travis trit shit!
You: no dumb ass, I said ALT country, like Wilco or uncle tupelo.
Frat Boy: oh, i heard them the other day, they were wicked cool.