Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar met in Belleville, Illinois, friends as children and eventually bandmates in high school. Their punk outfit, Primitives, was a cover band that featured the two of them, drummer Michael Heidorn, and Wade Farrar, older brother of Jay. Wade Farrar joined the Army, causing the group to disband.
But Tweedy, Farrar and Heidorn got back together in 1987, changing their name to Uncle Tupelo, and changing their music to a more rootsy form of rock, with country influences. In 1989, they signed with Rockville, a small label, after playing live extensively throughout the midwest. In 1990, their debut LP No Depression was released. The acclaimed album, and Tupelo's following releases that strayed further into the country and away from the rock, would be the springboard for a surprising underground trend. A magazine called No Depression started, and the entire movement started going by the same title.
_Still Feel Gone_ followed in 1991, and March 16-20, 1992 came the next year, recorded live in the studio and produced by Peter Buck of R.E.M.. Uncle Tupelo signed with Sire Records in 1992, as well, and released Anodyne in 1993, considered by many to be their best work, and featuring a guest appearance by Doug Sahm and the additions of Max Johnston and John Stirratt, plus new drummer Ken Coomer replacing Heidorn.
As it turned out, rising tensions between Farrar and Tweedy would cause Anodyne to also be Uncle Tupelo's last album. The band split rather messily in 1994, with Tweedy forming Wilco, taking Coomer, Stirratt and Johnston with him. Farrar reunited with Heidorn in Son Volt.
Uncle Tupelo discography:
Uncle Tupelo - No Depression 
Uncle Tupelo - Still Feel Gone 
Uncle Tupelo - March 16-20, 1992 
Uncle Tupelo - Anodyne 
Members Jeff Tweedy (vocals, guitar, bass),
Jay Farrar (vocals, guitar),
Ken Coomer (drums),
John Stirratt [aka The Gimmecaps] (guitar),
Max Johnston (banjo, dobro, fiddle, mandolin),
Michael Heidorn (drums)
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