Uncle Tupelo had a short lived musical career as a band but had a huge impact on the Alt/Country scene. While they were not the first to lay claim to this genre, they did it with style and dignity. Their authenticity was so evident, that Peter Buck of R.E.M. fame saw them in concert and offered to produce their next album “March 16-20 1992”. This all acoustic album combines original Uncle Tupelo material with well chosen traditional covers such as the brilliant “Moonshiner”.
Like any dysfunctional marriage, Uncle Tupelo lasted only a few short years. Led, and ultimately killed, by the brilliant Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy. Their debut “No Depression” was released in 1990 and their final tour was in 1994.
Uncle Tupelo Discography
- No Depression
- March 16-20 1992
- Still Feel Gone
- Uncle Tupelo 89/93 An Anthology
Top 5 Uncle Tupelo Songs according to Butler (Albums listed to right of song):
- Slate (Anodyne)
- Moonshiner (March 16-20 1992)
- Whiskey Bottle (No Depression)
- New Madrid (Anodyne)
- Life Worth Livin’ (No Depression)
The early demise of this band, however unfortunate, laid the foundation for bands like Whiskeytown to continue down the Alt/Country road. Both Farrar and Tweedy went on to lead and have successful careers with other bands, Son Volt and Wilco respectively.
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