Country music maintained its popularity throughout the 20th century and remains a driving force on the music scene today. With its roots in western american folk music, country evolved into a broad genre. As alternative rock emerged in the mid eighties, alternative country arose as well. As time went on, mainstream country began incorporating a more pop oriented sound and moved away from the traditional sound, which enhanced the appeal for alternative country. RadioIO's Alt Country includes a variety of subgenres including americana, bluegrass, outlaw, progressive, honky tonk, and heartland. Online internet radio service RadioIO offers this unique vision in RadioIO Alt Country, hosted by StreamHost Mike Roe. All of the best cutting edge emerging alt country artists blended with the core artists that define the genre.