Cowpunk is a reaction against conventional country music, yet embodies some of its distant and deepest traits. Likewise, it's also a reaction against punk, yet manifests as one of its purest expressions.
The invigorating blend of traditional blues, country, folk, and more on Downey to Lubbock shows Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore finding common ground.
The omnipresent and perhaps omnipotent Waco Brothers give us a much needed boost of energy that marries the old with the new. That's predictable. What they do with it ain't.