Northern Utah is blessed to have top-shelf Nashville performers, such as Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum and Brad Paisley, all making regular visits.
But when was the last time audiences were treated to the outlaw side of country?
That will happen on Thursday, when renegades Colt Ford and JJ Lawhorn perform at The Westerner. Ford is the idiosyncratic rapper who co-wrote Jason Aldean's equally idiosyncratic No. 1 country hit "Dirt Road Anthem." And 19-year-old Virginian Lawhorn is following in Ford's footsteps as someone who isn't afraid to show some edge and speak his mind to hell with the consequences.