Song of the Day #4,236: ‘Acuff-Rose’ – Uncle Tupelo

‘Acuff-Rose’ is the second track on Uncle Tupelo’s seminal 1993 alt-country album Anodyne. This was the band’s fourth and final release, before its members went on to form Wilco and Sun Volt.

This track’s title refers to Nashville’s first country publishing house, formed in 1942 by Roy Acuff and Fred Rose. The two men vowed to start a company that would not take advantage of its artists, as so many labels at the time did.

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Song of the Day #2,974: ‘Steal the Crumbs’ – Uncle Tupelo

uncle_tupelo_anodyneIn the first few years of the 90s, Uncle Tupelo launched the alt-country movement, two decades before bands like the Lumineers and Mumford & Sons would do the same for alt-folk.

Band leaders Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy didn’t get along very well but they collaborated on some beautiful music. 1992’s Anodyne was their first and last studio album (following three independent releases). The group disbanded a little while later, with Tweedy going on to form Wilco and Farrar launching Sun Volt.

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