A look at some of the musicians who brought hard-living and rough edges back to country music in the '70s.
Curated by Whitney Weiss
Total Runtime: 0:26:48
If you're an admirer (or practitioner) of the punk rock ethos, the men responsible for "outlaw country" will resonate with you: Steve Earle learned to fight young in order to defend his long hair and choice of shoes, while Townes Van Zandt eschewed his family fortune to raise chickens and rabbits by day and play dive bars by night. Some of the guys in this show are still alive (Earle kicked heroin and might look familiar if you've ever watched "The Wire") while years of hard living took their toll on others (Van Zandt and Waylon Jennings are both dead). And instead of trying to reconcile their sensitive aw-shucks personalities with their truly impressive drug habits, it's best to just pay attention to the caliber of songwriting going on; Steve Earle wasn't blowing smoke when he said that Townes Van Zandt was "the best songwriter in the whole world, and I'll stand on Bob Dylan's coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that."