Here's my list:

Son Volt- Trace
Whiskeytown- Strangers Almanac
Dixie Chicks -Home
Lucidna Williams- Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
Uncle Tupelo -Anodyne
Steve Earle- Guitar Town
Emmylou Harris -Wrecking Ball
Mike Ness -Cheating at Solitaire
Dwight Yoakam - Beunos Noches from a Lonely Hotel Room, Blame the Vain, and Last Chance for a thousand years.

What do you think? Add your own favorites of course.

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For me it all started with Son Volt's trace. From there:
Emmylou Harris - Red Dirt Girl
Uncle Tupelo - No Depression
Wilco - Being There
Lyle Lovett - Joshua Judges Ruth
Jayhawks - Tomorrow The Green Grass
Peter Case - The Man with the Blue Post Modern Fragmented Neo-Traditionalist Guitar
Alejandro Escovedo - Man Under The Influence
Joe Henry - Short Man's Room
Steve Earle - Transcendental Blues
Dwight Yoakam - Guitars, Cadillacs, ect.
Gillian Welch - Time (The Revelator)
Neko Case - Blacklisted
Bottle Rockets - The Brooklyn Side
Drive-By Truckers - The Dirty South

This list could on and on but I will stop there.
Hey Trace was my first introduction to this music too ! funnily enough i had them confused with Wilco even tho i didn't know they had been in a band together before.
This is my first post here, but I was a member of the NoDepression board dating back to the AOL days (posted under the name sburbncwby). So I just wanted to say Hi, and introduce myself over here.

I wuld have to include these three albums, as these are the albums that got me my first knowledge of "AltCountry". I listened to them, not knowing they were alt-country, just knowing that I liked them a lot more than the stuff that country radio was playing typically...

Kelly Willis-Kelly Willis
The Mavericks-From Hell to Paradise
Dwight Yoakam-This Time

And then I heard The Flying Burrito Brothers on the radio and around the same time, I found the NoDepression board on AOL, and my eyes were opened, and I got into these:

WILCO-AM
Uncle Tupelo -Still Feel Gone

And to cap off the list (sticking with the older stuff)
Scud Mountain Boys-Massachussets (probably the top of my list)
Wagon-No Kinder Room
Robert Earl Keen-Gringo Honeymoon
Neko Case-Blacklisted
Steve Earle-I Feel Alright
Old 97's-Too Far To Care
Old 97's -Fight Songs
Son Volt-Trace
Jayhawks-Hollywood Town Hall
Golden Smog-Down By The Old Mainstream
Ryan Adams-Heartbreaker (I could just list every one of his albums on here)
Whiskeytown-Faithless Street
The Picketts-The Wicked Picketts
Peter Bruntnell-Normal for Bridgewater
Bottle Rockets-The Brooklyn Side

I could go for pages, adding newer stuff Kathleen Edwards, Drive-By Truckers etc.
The Scud Mountain Boys are great - saw them at a festival in Ottawa a few years back and immediatly scooped up Pine Box and Dance the Night Away.
Dwight Yoakam ... This Time
Son Volt ... Trace
Wilco ... AM
Uncle Tupelo ... Anodyne
Jason & the Scorchers ... Still Standing
Steve Earle ... Copperhead Road
Emmylou Harris ... Last Date
Lucinda Williams ... the self-titled Rough Trade release
Blue Mountain ... Dog Days
Alejandro Escovedo ... Gravity
Long Ryders ... State of Our Union
Kelly Willis ... Fading Fast
Gram Parsons ... Grievous Angel
Gravity and Trace are probably the two albums that made me realize that country could be a whole lot more than the Eddie Rabbit laced stuff that was all over the radio when I was a kid in West Texas...
Glad to see Blue Mountain...Dog Days on your list, David. Check out a recent video we shot of Cary Hudson from Blue Mountain. It's a little more low key than Blue Mountain but what a great songwriter and performer.

cary-hudson-friends-bloody
what about population me? seems to be one of his most underrated records
Thats on my list and will probably be the next cd i get from him.

The new record 3 Pears stands up to anything he's done since "Time".

My list would look an awful lot like Sonofspam's (thought Lucinda's 'Car Wheels' would be higher up the list). I'd also add Gillian Welch's 'Time (The Revelator)' and Neko Case's 'Blacklisted'. Any other day of the week, there would probably be others too.
I like Car Wheels a lot but i'm not so crazy about the lyrics which seem to busy name dropping to tell a coherent story.

But i love the sound of her voice and her music.

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