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Gothic Country Music

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"Gothic Country" (also known as "Dark Country", "Southern Gothic" and "Gothic Americana") is a genre of Country Music characterized by its dark sound and lyrics. It is, in essence, a combination of Alternative Rock, Goth Rock, or Heavy Metal and Country Music.

It shares much in common with the Southern Gothic genre of fiction and many songs are inspired by works in that genre. Gothic Country songs feature the typical alcohol, murder, religious themes, family, and romance aspects of country meshed with darker topics like poverty, murder, and supernatural forces.


Compare with Alternative Country and Southern Rock.

Gothic Country Artists:

  • 16 Horsepower
  • Beat Circus
  • Blues Saraceno
  • Brillig
  • Brown Bird
  • Neko Case
  • Johnny Cash
  • Justin Cross
  • The Dead South
  • Dead Brothers
  • The Denver Gentlemen (a short-lived band that was very influential on the entire gothic-country scene)
  • The Devil Makes Three
  • Murder by Death
  • Graveyard Train
  • Hank Williams III
  • The Heavy Horses
  • Me and That Man (a side project of Behemoth frontman Adam Darski with English-born musician John Porter)
  • Mean Mary
  • Jay Munly
  • O'Death
  • The Pine Box Boys
  • Quaker City Night Hawks
  • Slim Cessna's Auto Club
  • Nico Vega
  • Those Poor Bastards
  • Tom Waits
  • Woven Hand
  • Voltaire released one gothic country album, Hate Lives in a Small Town.


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