STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:
Steve Earle is a star of what's sometimes called Americana music or alt-country. He sings of Americans who often live on the edge. One of his hits tells of a grandson of Appalachian moonshiners who turns to drug dealer.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "COPPERHEAD ROAD")
STEVE EARLE: (Singing) You better stay away from Copperhead Road.
INSKEEP: Another character is a lifelong criminal who is trapped in an alley and decides, for the first time, to pray.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "TOM AMES' PRAYER")