The Year’s Best Alt-Country Albums

Call it Americana, call it southern rock, call it “indie folk,” or just call it “alternative”. There’s a whole category of rather difficult-to-place music out there that shares roots with traditional country music and is increasingly attracting the genre’s fans with its combination of hearty melodies, sincere harmonies, winsome lyrics and real, authentic instrumentation. 2015 has already been a tremendous year for this brand of alt-country, and in less than three months, several truly excellent records have appeared. Here are four standouts from the first quarter of this year, including one from Brandi Carlile.

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