Vic Chesnutt - Left to His Own Devices
Though Vic Chesnutt's inclusion on this list of manly records is another one of a handful of pleasant surprises, Left to His Own Devices is a weird choice. But really, almost any record from his career would do the trick. After a car accident left him paralyzed and wheelchair bound in his late teens, Chesnutt learned to adapt so he could still play guitar. Listen to the beautiful, a cappella closing song, "I'm Still Alive" for some gritty-yet-optimistic realism the next time you need strength and inspiration to forge ahead in tough times.