Digging into the bedrock of alt-country, from the O'Kanes to Drive-By Truckers, Sons of Fathers come up with some true songwriting gems.
Picking favorite tunes by Guy Clark is more an exercise in what to leave out, rather than what to include. The songwriting legend is entering his seventh decade, still at the top of his game.
As a humorist, storyteller, songwriter, satirist and all-around troublemaker, Kinky Friedman is a true American original.
Centro-matic's lo-fi alt-country spans emotions quiet and loud. At the center of that sound is Will Johnson, the somewhat accidental lead vocalist for the Texas quartet.
Woody Guthrie once said, "It's a folk singer's job to comfort disturbed people and to disturb comfortable people." James McMurtry gives that job description a whole new meaning.