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Old 05-22-2011, 03:34 AM
 
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Are they both more or less the same thing?

Is Nashville more of a commercial Country music scene...and Alt-Country is the alternative to that?

Or are both quite popular in Nashville...and alt-country would have a large home for that in Nashville?
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Old 05-22-2011, 10:35 AM
 
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The term "alt country" has fallen by the wayside lately and generally now falls under the category of "Americana" music.

Commercial Nashville country is what you hear on the radio. It's what is put out by Music Row. It's why people come to Nashville to "make it." It's what most of the tourists come to see and hear, and it's what most people think of when they hear the term "country music."

Americana/alt country also has just as much of a home in Nashville. Nashville is a musician's town, and Americana is musician's music. You're going to hear just as much if not more Americana playing around town, with the exception of the bars on lower Broadway. Americana is generally less polished than commercial country with a broader range of influences from blues to bluegrass to rock and roll. It's not marketed to the masses in the same manner.

Does that make sense, or did I just confuse you more?
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Old 05-22-2011, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Franklin, TN
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The term "alt country" has fallen by the wayside lately and generally now falls under the category of "Americana" music.

Commercial Nashville country is what you hear on the radio. It's what is put out by Music Row. It's why people come to Nashville to "make it." It's what most of the tourists come to see and hear, and it's what most people think of when they hear the term "country music."

Americana/alt country also has just as much of a home in Nashville. Nashville is a musician's town, and Americana is musician's music. You're going to hear just as much if not more Americana playing around town, with the exception of the bars on lower Broadway. Americana is generally less polished than commercial country with a broader range of influences from blues to bluegrass to rock and roll. It's not marketed to the masses in the same manner.

Does that make sense, or did I just confuse you more?
I think this is an excellent take on it. You don't really hear the term "Alt Country" anymore.

While mainstream Country Music absorbs a lot of the press (as well as $$$), many musical styles are quite popular in the local clubs. Even the big time shows aren't exclusively Country now...and some artists are even setting up shop here to record.
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Old 05-23-2011, 06:37 AM
 
Location: Gallatin, TN
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Great explanation tryphena1! Americana is what I'd consider "real", and commercial country is manufactured.

I would add that if you want to listen to "alt-country" or "Americana" check out Ryan Adams' Heartbreaker album. To me, that is one of the the quintessential examples of the genre.
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Old 05-23-2011, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Bellevue
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There are some artists that make regular appearances on the Opry & WSM radio. They may have done several LP's but can't get any traction on the country charts. Some may be more of a singer-songwriter type. Some of this could be called roots music.

Commercial-country may be all you get in some markets where a few people decide what you hear. Some of it is close to rock or popular music today. There are always new young acts that need a break to get a major record deal & on the charts.

If you go by radio play, I'm not sure if it is so popular except at some of the live music venues like the Ryman or the Loveless Barn.
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