Birth Place: Belleville, Illinois, USA
Years Active: 1987–1994
Genres: Alternative Country, Alternative Rock, Country Rock
Uncle Tupelo was an alternative country music group from Belleville, Illinois, active between 1987 and 1994. Jay Farrar, Jeff Tweedy, and Mike Heidorn formed the band after the lead singer of their previous band, The Primitives, left to attend college. Uncle Tupelo's sound was unlike popular country music of the time, drawing inspiration from styles as diverse as the hardcore punk of The Minutemen and the country instrumentation and harmony of the Carter Family and Hank Williams. Farrar and Tweedy lyrics frequently referred to Middle America and the working class of Belleville. The trio signed to Rockville Records and released their debut album, “No Depression,” which was recorded over t...
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