Driving across northern New Mexico, I fiddle with the truck radio, looking for just the right vacation soundtrack. I stumble across Johnny Cash's cover of "Riders in the Sky," a four-minute ghost story about the fate that awaits bad cowboys: "Cause they've got to ride forever on that range up in the sky/On horses snorting fire/As they ride on, hear their cry." I'm deep in country-music territory, a land of rough characters, tough luck, and bad breaks, where art often imitates... More >>>