Balancing affinities for both old-time twang and AC/DC-style riff rock, the Ohio quartet Big Back Forty pumped some much-needed life into the late-'90s alternative country movement. Fronted by Sean Beal, the deep-voiced son of a Baptist preacher, the group could shift gears from bluegrass to metal at the drop of a John Deere hat -- a skill amply demonstrated on Big Back Forty's lone album, 1997's Bested. Beal actually didn't discover rock & roll until he was a teenager, since it was forbidden in his fundamentalist household. However, his father was no music hater: he taught Beal how to play guitar, using the songs of Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson to demonstrate. After dropping out of Ohio State University, Beal stayed in Columbus and hooked up with Dayton-born guitarist Barry Hensley to form a band, which was completed when West Virginia ...
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