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originally posted by: KEACHI
a reply to: zosimov
Never heard it called Gothic Country. That band may have coined that phrase, but this has been around for many many decades. # man, this is what Johnny Cash was. My friends put on a music festival in New York called Old Tone Music Festival. Some of the bands they pull in would fit in this genre. There are also a good number of bands of this sort around the Appalachians. Southeast Ohio, Western NC and VA, northern Kentucky. Good stuff. Thanks for the great videos!
Gothic country, also known as Gothic americana, is a subgenre of alternative country, characterized by dark, "gothic" sound and lyrics dealing with themes common for so-called "southern gothic" literature. Denver musician David Eugene Edwards (16 Horsepower, Woven Hand) is often referred to as the founder of gothic country movement, though such artists as Nick Cave and his band The Birthday Party, also inspired by roots music and dark Faulkner-ish themes, can be described as its predecessors. Other notable artists include Tarantella, Slim Sessna's Auto Club, Jay Munly etc.; most of them are also originating from Denver.