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JJ Lawhorn, w/ Colt Ford, bringing outlaw country to Westerner Thursday
First Published Nov 07 2012 11:42 am • Last Updated Nov 07 2012 11:42 am

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?

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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.

Lawhown grew up on a tobacco farm that his family has owned for generations, but they also treasured the healing power of music. His mother used to be the only white woman in all-black choirs in Southern churches, he says.

Like Ford, Lawhorn was a proud supporter of Mitt Romney’s presidential bid, with the right to bear many arms an important position for the musician, who is an avid hunter and fisher. "My daddy used to say, if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything," Lawhorn said.

When • Thursday, Nov. 8, 9 p.m.

Where • The Westerner, 360 S. Redwood Road, West Valley City

Tickets • $12 at SmithsTix

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