Uncle Tupelo

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": alt-country americana country indie alt country Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Biography

Formed in Belleville, Illinois, USA in 1987, Uncle Tupelo revolved around childhood friends and songwriters Jeff Tweedy (25 August 1967, Belleville, Illinois, USA) and Jay Farrar (b. 26 December 1966, Belleville, Illinois, USA). Primarily influenced by punk, then the blue-collar folk and country of Gram Parsons and John Prine, they specialized in grizzled bar-room laments to unforgiving or unforgiven lovers at a time when the grunge rock of Nirvana and Pearl Jam dominated the alternative music scene. They released three strong independent albums before a Sire Records contract arrived in 1993. Peter Buck of R.E.M. produced the last of these, March 16-20, 1992, which reinforced the good impressions critics held of their earlier material, and sustained Tweedy’s belief that ‘You can find the same things in punk records as in Hank Williams records. There’s no difference, it’s the communication factor.’ Their major label debut Anodyne was a...

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