Ruston Kelly, "Asshole"
There's nothing quite like a good prison song, and Ruston Kelly, one of Nashville's sharpest emerging writers, turned his experience behind bars into cutting alt-country gold. An acoustic version of a new track he debuted on the road, "Asshole" is an Elliot Smith-evoking tale from the handcuffs to the awkward ride home with a spouse who isn't too pleased with how things went down. Kelly's forthcoming new LP isn't due until the fall, but "Asshole" shows just how fearless he is when it comes to lyricism: "He cuffed me and brought me in like a prize / I spit on the floor just to piss him off," he sings to an echoey strum about his police encounter. "He pulled out his Taser 'cause he's got no cock." M.M.