Dirt Emo is having peripheral elements of folk, americana, or country wrapped up in a confessional expression drawing heavily from bands in the Emo/Grunge/Pop punk scene. These bands shaped a generational attitude. They were a source of relief, honesty, connection to emotions, and at times, a healthy disdain for establishment usually at the comical expense of an authority figure. And when you put an emotional instrument such as steel guitar along with that attitude you’ve got Dirt Emo. I’ve sung these songs my whole life in this style. It never sounded “country” to me it just sounded haunting and cool.