Nowadays, there are so many doggone glorious female tunesmiths straddling the line between twang and rock/pop/folk/blues/soul that it must qualify as a gender-specific Golden Age for the elusive genre of "alt-country." Beyond the pioneering (and still very relevant) Emmylou Harris, you've got -- in no particular order -- Lucinda Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Gillian Welch, Kelly Willis, Kasey Chambers, Alison Krauss, Caitlin Cary, Natalie Maines, Tift Merritt, Patty Griffin, Lori McKenna, Shelby Lynne and her sister, Allison Moorer... More >>>