Published Jun 26, 2015Not many groups have invented an entire subgenre of music. Even fewer can claim to have done it over 13 tracks. Uncle Tupelo, the trailblazing band that spawned Wilco and Son Volt, released their debut album, No Depression, 25 years ago, giving birth to what is now known as alternative country. To commemorate this anniversary, Reimagine Music has assembled 13 groups who have continued to mix roots structures with punk sensibilities for The Brighter Side: A 25th Anniversary Tribute to Uncle Tupelo's No Depression.
With only a handful of recognizable names, including Smoking Popes, Elliott BROOD, Wooden Sky and Leeroy Stagger, The Brighter Side relies on up-and-comers to give the LP its distinct personality. Peculiar Pretzelmen reimagine "Factory Belt" as recorded by a junkyard Tom Waits and Mikaela Davis strips "So Called Friend" to just voice and harp, while Cheap Girls bring some hidden soul to "Screen Door." (Reimagine Music)