The 10 Best Country Outlaws

LxL_TopTenThursdays_02_900x300Best Country Outlaws

The rogue western figure has been making its way back into pop culture recently, not only with musicians like country artists like Jamey Johnson and Kacey Musgraves, but also in television and movies, most notably with the Elmore Leonard (RIP) adapted FX series Justified. Between Justified’s season finale Tuesday night and the Archer season surrounding Cherlene turning into an outlaw country star (“OUTLAW COUNTRY!”), here are our 10 favorite country outlaws.
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LxListening: Country-ish

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I don’t have quite enough time to give the new Jason Isbell album, Southeastern, proper thrift.  So instead I’m gonna just throw out a few country-ish songs I’ve been listening to a lot lately.  These range from rock/country hybrids to pretty pure country fare.  I have been listening to a lot of this stuff lately, and I can’t exactly tell you why.  Maybe its summer.  Maybe its my mood.  Or maybe there’s no reason at all.  Enjoy, and feel free to recommend some of your favorite country tunes.
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Top Ten Thursday: Songs for Freedom

Best Songs about Freedom and Independence of all time for Fourth of July

So with yesterday being the Fourth of July, you may be a little America’d out –  or maybe you are the type of person that never gets sick of the old red, white, and blue.  Either way, we opted for a list that isn’t straight up American patriotic songs (that list will come another time), but still captures the American spirit.  We opted to do the best songs about freedom and independence, which is what is really at the core of the Fourth of July – going way beyond any mushy nationalism. We figured this works for everyone, including our international readers as well. Plus, Todd hates America, so staying away from a straight up American list was in the blog’s best interest to keep him from quitting. So here are the ten songs we thought best instill the spirit and message of freedom.
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