Shot to Hell
While pundits have continually overlooked Nashville’s white-trash cousins, punk’s purveyors of country have found a way to persist, and often succeed, under the mainstream radar. Wisconsin’s Shot to Hell plays forlorn songs rooted in the emotional energy and raw power of punk, but imbued with the understated elegance of a distant guitar and a distinct, catchy chorus. Fans never seem to tire of hearing a woebegone man or woman in his or her twenties tear up over beer and other insignificant items. Maybe there’s some comfort in being old enough to know better, mixed with the knowing pride of having survived that rocky climb to the age of accountability.