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Stylistic origins Punk rock
Southern rock
Roots rock
Country rock
Cultural origins late 1970s United Kingdom and early 1980s Los Angeles
Typical instruments Vocals - Electric guitar - Bass - drums - occasional use of other instruments
Mainstream popularity Underground
Derivative forms alternative country
Fusion genres
psychobilly - punkabilly
Other topics
Punk rock subgenres, Timeline of punk rock, timeline of alternative rock, cowpunk, psychobilly, swamp rock, garage rock, post-punk

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 grew directly out of the city's strong roots in both country music, country rock, and folk rock.[1] 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

Lucero - live in concert

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.

See also


  1. ^ Gerald Haslam, Workin' Man Blues: Country Music in California (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999) covers all of the major movements in California Country music from the Hollywood Cowboys to Country Rock. He also includes a chapter on the 1980s and the "Los Angeles renaissance" of country-styled "roots", rockabilly and cowpunk music and interviews members of The Blasters, Los Lobos, X/The Knitters, Lone Justice, Dwight Yoakam, Rosie Flores, Rank and File and The Beat Farmers. Kurt Wolff in The Rough Guide to Country Music (London: Rough Guides, 2000) also highlights chapters covering major California contributions to Country Music: Hollywood Cowboys, The Bakersfield Sound and Country Rock as well as California's contribution to Western Swing. Under chapters dealing with Dwight Yoakam and Alternative Country, Wolf mentions the influence of Los Angeles and its 1980s "roots" music scene.
  2. ^ Martin, Peter, Kite, Buddy, Heffernan, Tim, (April 2007), "THE MICROCLASSIFICATION GLOSSARY". Esquire. 147 (4):11

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