Cowpunk or Country punk is a subgenre of punk rock that began in Southern California in the 1980s, especially Los Angeles. It combines punk rock with country music, folk music, and blues in sound, subject matter, attitude, and style. It tends to downplay the fashion elements associated with the British psychobilly genre, and grew directly out of the city's strong roots in both country music, country rock, and folk rock. Many of the musicians in this scene have now become associated with alternative country or roots rock.

Bands associated with the 1980s "Cowpunk" ethos in Los Angeles

Other Notable Cowpunk bands and musicians

Secondary Sources

  • Einarson, John. Desperados: The Roots of Country Rock. New York: Cooper Square Press, 2001
  • Haslam, Gerald W. Workin' Man Blues: Country Music in California. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999
  • Wolff, Kurt. The Rough Guide to Country Music. London: Rough Guides, 2000.

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