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Chapter 151: A Country Boy Can Survive

80s country

A real man collection of manly men processing their feelings in manly man ways. This is what makes classic masculinity so compelling (and problematic); the chink in the armor, the glimpses of a sensitive soul beneath a gruff, tough exterior. Someone so committed to their cowboy image they’d ride a pony, even on a boat. But Lyle Lovett’s existential yearning, Johnny Lee’s romantic wanderlust, and Hank Williams Jr.’s dedication to preserving the life he loves are easy for anyone to identify with. (That’s less true of a literal fiddle contest with the devil!)
1. Hank Williams, Jr.

A Country Boy Can Survive

2. Steve Earle

Guitar Town

3. Randy Travis

Forever and Ever, Amen

4. Eddie Rabbitt

I Love a Rainy Night

5. Johnny Lee

Lookin' for Love

6. Lyle Lovett

If I Had a Boat

7. Dwight Yoakam

Honky Tonk Man

8. Ricky Skaggs

Highway 40 Blues

9. The Charlie Daniels Band

The Devil Went Down to Georgia

10. Vince Gill

When I Call Your Name