When I stopped working, I stopped buying CDs. I borrow from the library. On my last trip I grabbed a Rodney Crowell CD called "The Outsider" and I am loving it: it's political and lyrical and I highly recommend it. Especially the song "Beautiful Despair". It can't be said any better than the opening line:
"Beautiful despair is hearing Dylan when you're drunk at 3 a.m.
Knowing that the chances are no matter what you'll never write like him"