Five Outlaws on the Edge
Check out these kick-ass, truly off-the-grid and outside-the-lines artists!
1. “Life Ain’t Fair and the World Is Mean,” Sturgill Simpson
The Waylon Revivalist Kentucky-born Sturgill is an intense live performer who can break your heart with ease on a ballad or give you the tough love in songs like “Life Ain’t Fair and the World Is Mean.”
2. “She Left Me for Jesus,” Hayes Carll
The Drunken Texan A popular performer in Americana circles, Hayes brings his trademark wiseguy wit to tunes like “Hard Out Here” that swagger with the boozy confidence of ’60s Dylan.
3. “Goodbye Summer,” Jonny Fritz
The Oddball Jonny’s frequently explicit tales offer a whole world of fascinating characters who make bad decisions or embarrass themselves at every turn.
4. “Southside of Heaven,” Ryan Bingham
The Soulful Scribe He won an Academy Award for Crazy Heart theme “The Weary Kind,” but Ryan Bingham still cranks out introspective poetry that matches his sandpaper-rough voice.
5. “Those Jeans,” Ray Scott
Tough Sonofagun Ray had a shot at major-label glory, but these days he lends his thunderous baritone to songs about bad behavior and being a perpetual underdog.