country music isn’t a dirty word. Hell no. Country music is way more than rednecks’ hymns and politically condemnable ballads. Country music can actually be pretty harsh against all that crap. And that’s the country music we love. The one that tells stories, stories from the dirty south, stories about being on the road, about drinking away your broken heart or finding your way back home. Country music has this in common with Blues that it is a soulful protest music genre first and foremost.

about being on the road, about drinking away your broken heart or finding your way back home. Country music has this in common with Blues that it is a soulful protest music genre first and foremost.

Vintage photo of outlaw Country Music singer David Allan Coe with his Cadillac Hearse.

Vintage photo of outlaw Country Music singer David Allan Coe with his Cadillac Hearse- man of my dreams.

Chris Stapleton I know he is modern and big on the scene right now. However you can't deny the old outlaw feel to his music. He also writes all his own music. So I think he is welcome to the genre.

Chris Stapleton I know he is modern and big on the scene right now. However you can't deny the old outlaw feel to his music. He also writes all his own music. So I think he is welcome to the genre.

The Highway Men.     Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristopherson and Waylon Jennings

The Highway Men. Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristopherson and Waylon Jennings Original Badasses!

“Always go hard and fast enough so that when you hit the ditch,    you can pull out the other side.”    *    –Johnny Paycheck

TAKE THIS JOB AND SHOVE IT!

Johnny Paycheck was the stage name of Donald Eugene Lytle - born in Greenfield, Ohio - a country music singer and Grand Ole Opry member most famous for recording the David Allan Coe song "Take This Job and Shove It". He also had one helluva hat.

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