"new country" music recomendations please

I must admit to previously not being a fan of traditional country music. However, having recently heard, bought and become adddicted to Mary Gauthier's Mercy Now, and very specifically track one, "Falling out of love"(affectionately known as the piss song in our house), I am having a closer look.

I seek a similar style of parred back, raw, "story of lifes experience", with an edge, a poetic attack which I guess the piss song is in spades. I hope someone understands my drift. I would absolutely recommend one hears Mary Gauthier's track. There must be other similar artists out there with that special creative, edgy, poetic story to tell.

Thanks for your help in advance.
Get a copy of NO DEPRESSION magazine. Each issue is filled with music it sounds like your into. I use it all the time to make my purchases. It basically covers AMERICAN music, country, blugrass, blues, roots-rock, some jazz. The best resource there is for honest music.
Check out James McMurtry - St. Mary of the Woods; Live in Ought Three
Any Steve Earle - Top of my list - Jerasulem
Kieran Kane, Kevin Welch, Fats Kaplin - Old John Dean

by the way, I heard Mary Gauthier and ordered her Mercy Now CD a few days ago. Haven't received it yet, but your post makes me very anxious! If you have access to XM Radio, check out the Cross Country station. It's #810 on my Direct TV.

You've gotten some very good recommendations! Get a hold of some or all, you won't be disappointed.

I will add a few along the same lines: Ray Wylie Hubbard, Wayne Hancock, and Kelly Hogan and the Pine Valley Cosmonauts.

have fun,

The Wood Brothers "Ways Not To Lose" is one of the best CD's I've discovered in a long time. It's got great lyrics and spectacular musicianship, a wonderful mix of dobro and stand-up bass, that you'd probably classify as country if you had to pin it down but that defies easy categorization.