and how it never really made it
Alternative Country is a genre mix between country and punk. It was started out in the late 20th century and for the most part it was a failed attempt. Bands that started the genre included Strawfoot with songs like damnation way and Jason and the Scorchers with songs like Now That You're Mine. This style of music never really kicked off until April 10, 2007 when the band HELLYEAH released their first album. This seems to be the only band who has made it in the alternative country genre. Although this is not a very popular genre, HELLYEAH has powered through. The instruments you hear are electric guitar, drums, bass, maybe a violin or a banjo. This is Country lyrics with a rock sound.