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7. Slobberbone In their native Denton, Texas, Brent Best and crew are justifiable legends. On a national scale, things never have broken for the band with the best/worst name. Whatever the case, 1997's Barrelchested and 2000's Everything You Thought Was Right Was Wrong Today are two heavenly slabs of alt-country that just get better with age.
6. The Gourds Weird and wonderful, the Gourds' brand of hillbilly mayhem has produced a dozen albums over fifteen glorious years. Possessing (at least) three excellent songwriters, the Gourds makes timeless music and show no signs of slowing down any time soon.
5. The Volebeats Speaking of underrated, Detroit's Volebeats is the best band nobody has ever heard. Like the Jawhawks, the Volebeats formed in the late '80s, but it wasn't until 1994's Up North that (some) people started paying attention. 1997's The Sky and The Ocean is the band's masterpiece, and it ranks as one of the best alt-country albums ever made.
4. The Jayhawks Although the Jayhawks formed in the late '80s, it really didn't hit its stride until 1992's Hollywood Town Hall. By that time, the dual singer/songwriter threat of Mark Olson and Gary Louris would last for only one more album. Olson and Louris' fine harmonies were a hallmark of this greatly underrated band.
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