Milwaukee's Best Alt-Country Band
.357 String Band
.357 String Band has been called a “speedgrass” group, which is as good a term as any to describe their high-octane take on bluegrass, rockabilly and rowdy outlaw country. The group, which next year will release its third album, Lightning From the North, writes snide, drunken songs about evil acts and the devil, but no amount of cynicism and punk-rock attitude can disguise the group’s obvious reverence for traditional bluegrass (they do, after all, stick entirely to acoustic instruments). Their bar-band energy and instrumental prowess have made them a favorite of rockers, neo-hippies and country fans alike.
Runners-up: Chasin’ Mason, Twang Dragons