Cowpunk (or country punk) is a subgenre of punk rock that began in the United Kingdom in the late 1970s and California in the early 1980s. It combines punk rock or new wave with country, folk, and blues in sound, subject matter, attitude, and style.


  • The Beat Farmers
  • Jason & the Scorchers
  • The Knitters
  • Lone Justice
  • Meat Puppets
  • Rank and File (1980's Austin, Texas)
  • Social Distortion (1980's Orange County)
  • X (1980's Los Angeles punk, with country and rockabilly influences)
  • Jerry Jerry and the Sons of Rhythm Orchestra (Edmonton and Montreal, Canada)
  • The Mekons
  • The Gun Club 
  • Swingin' Utters
  • The Dead Milkmen
  • Bambara
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