So I feel like I'm in a big rut musically. As a kid, I grew up on classic rock, etc. and then progressed to punk, then hardcore (newish), then late 70's early 80's hardcore, into metal, then sort of back down to post punk, indie rock, etc. Along the way I picked up a love of psychobilly / modern rockabilly, Johnny Cash, and some other random stuff. Today I find myself listening to NPR more often than listening to music. I'm not really into radio rock, or pop at all. Every once in a while I'll turn on classic rock, just to hear a familiar song. So, I'm looking for more challenging music. I was thumbing through the Jazz / Blues section of half priced books this evening (as well as picking up some Hemingway, Joyce, and Vonnegut), and I thought "Hmm, where to start". I didn't end up buying anything, but I figured that the awesome folks at talkbass could point me in a direction. Also, if there's some twangy indie rock / alt country (a la Lucero, or Murder by death (one of my favorite bands of all time. If you like Johnny Cash, and have ever wondered what it would be like if he was born 30 years ago, give them a listen) I'd take that info too. Thanks in advance.