Re: Alternative/modern country music?
Love the Avert Brothers. I came in late of them---only first heard them when they did Austin City Limits (the same way I found Amos Lee) but have made up for lost time. They make complicated songs sound deceptively simple, and I can identify with their lyrics.
"Kick Drum Heart" is my ringtone.
Edge trilogy, by me.
Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off. Build your wings on the way down. --Ray Bradbury