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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.[citation needed] It combines alternative country, gospel, 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.[citation needed]

History

The Denver Post in a 2016 article identified an active music scene finding its beginnings in the early 2000s, and being rooted in country 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.[1]

Artists that have been classified as gothic country include Slim Cessna's Auto Club,[2][3][4][5][6][7][8] The Handsome Family,[9][10][11][12] Murder by Death,[13][14][15] 16 Horsepower[16][17] and Jesse Sykes.[18][19]

See also

References

  1. ^ ""The Denver Sound" and more". Retrieved June 27, 2019.
  2. ^ "Slim Cessna's Auto Club Brings Its Gothic Americana To Beachland Ballroom". Cleveland.com. November 22, 2016.
  3. ^ Thanki, Juli (June 24, 2008). "SLIM CESSNA'S AUTO CLUB: CIPHER". PopMatters. Retrieved April 9, 2022.
  4. ^ Bernstein, Joel (December 2000). "Slim Cessna's Auto Club: just call them country". Country Standard Time. Retrieved April 9, 2022.
  5. ^ Pehling, Dave (January 10, 2018). "Eclectic Alt-Country Outfit Teams With Garage-Punk Vet". CBS. Retrieved April 9, 2022.
  6. ^ Le-Huu, Bao (September 4, 2012). "Slim Cessna's Auto Club revives their country-rock sound with an eerie gospel aesthetic". Orlando Weekly. Retrieved April 8, 2022.
  7. ^ Miller, Jay (November 25, 2016). "The Commandments according to Slim Cessna's Auto Club". The Patriot Ledger. Retrieved April 9, 2022.
  8. ^ DeLuca, Dan (December 4, 2016). "Dan DeLuca's picks: Dylan's real Royal Albert Hall concert; The Jingle Ball; Angelica Garcia". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved April 14, 2022.
  9. ^ STEINHOFF, JESSICA (April 17, 2009). "The Handsome Family's gothic country gets romantic". Isthmus. Retrieved April 15, 2022.
  10. ^ MCKEOUGH, KEVIN (July 22, 2013). "Family Q&A". Chicago Magazine. Retrieved April 15, 2022.
  11. ^ Compton, Hannah (September 9, 2016). "The Handsome Family – Unseen – Album Review". Building Our Own Nashville. Retrieved April 15, 2022.
  12. ^ Plagenhoef, Scott (November 11, 2003). "Singing Bones The Handsome Family". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 15, 2022.
  13. ^ Mermis, Elke (August 3, 2010). "Murder by Death, whiskey and gothic country at the Record Bar in September". The Pitch. Retrieved April 15, 2022.
  14. ^ Tahy, Christopher (September 17, 2018). "Murder By Death: The Other Shore [Album Review]". The Firenote. Retrieved April 15, 2022.
  15. ^ "Red of Tooth and Claw - Murder by Death". AllMusic.
  16. ^ Brown, G. (September 10, 2000). "Old instruments propel 16 Horsepower By G. Brown's". Denver Post. Retrieved April 9, 2022.
  17. ^ Tangari, Joe (October 8, 2002). "Sixteen Horsepower: Folklore". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 9, 2022.
  18. ^ KATZIF, MIKE (April 10, 2007). "Exploring Gothic Country's Darkest Corners". NPR. Retrieved April 15, 2022.
  19. ^ Staff (January 19, 2007). "Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter – Like, Love, Lust & The Open Halls Of The Soul". Stereogum. Retrieved April 15, 2022.