Gothic country

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Gothic Country (sometimes referred to as Gothic Americana, Southern Gothic, The Denver Sound, or even simply just Dark Country) is a subgenre of Alternative country that began in the United States in the city of Denver in the late 1990s and early 2000s.[1] It combines Alternative country, Gospel music, and Blues with lyrical themes touching on subject matter frequenting Gothic, and particularly Southern Gothic, literature. Songs often examine poverty, criminal behavior, religious imagery, death, ghosts, family, lost love, alcohol, murder, the devil and betrayal.[2]

History[edit]

The Denver Post in a 2016 article identified an active music scene finding its beginnings in the early 2000s, and being rooted in country music but being composed of more macabre and grim subject matter. The article described Denver as the epicenter and place where this genre found its beginning, with Slim Cessna's Auto Club, 16 Horsepower, and Tarantella forming the genre's basis.[3] Since its rise to prominence locally in the Denver music scene, the genre has spread beyond and bands from outside of the scene such as Uncle Sinner, Sons of Perdition, Murder By Death, and O'Death have borrowed from it.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gothic Country". rateyourmusic.com. Retrieved June 27, 2019.
  2. ^ "Gothic Americana tag". Last.fm. Retrieved March 10, 2014.
  3. ^ ""The Denver Sound" and more". Retrieved June 27, 2019.
  4. ^ "16 Horsepower Artist Biography". AllMusic.com.
  5. ^ "Did Rick Rubin Turn Johnny Cash Into A Cheesy Goth?". slate.com.
  6. ^ "'Johnny Cash And The Paradox Of American Identity' by Leigh H. Edwards". books.google.com.
  7. ^ "Tapestry Music Podcast Episode 2: Katie Dee". SoundCloud.org.
  8. ^ "Millvale Music Festival 2018". Punksburgh.
  9. ^ "Featured Artist Julie Mintz: The Haunting, Otherworldly Side Of Folk". LA Music Blog.
  10. ^ "Interviews: Adam Turla (Murder By Death)". PunkNews.org.
  11. ^ "Joshua Cutchin: Weird Words & Brass Beats". Joshua Cutchin: Weird Words & Brass Beats. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  12. ^ https://www.theringer.com/music/2019/4/9/18300837/rem-reckoning-35th-anniversary-mega-post
  13. ^ "Slim Cessna's Auto Club Brings Its Gothic Americana To Beachland Ballroom". Cleveland.com.
  14. ^ "Uncle Sinner". GothicCountry.se.