Best Of 2013

Best Country Band (Alternative): The Dive Poets

With Married to Your Ghost, the first full-length album from veteran band the Dive Poets, Eric Sargent has established himself as one of the keenest songwriters in St. Louis' Americana scene, but it's his band that has come into its own. With Karl Eggers on guitar and Anna Drexelius on viola, the Poets can charge as hard and reckless as Slobberbone, boom-chick and catchy as the Old 97's, and unfurl cinematic twang in a way that recalls vintage Whiskeytown. What started out as a bar band has become one of our finest storytelling ensembles; as with the best rock & rollers, the stories are as much in the sound as in the songs.

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