We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes - Fr Gabriel Richard 1805
I'm thinking the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughn needs a place on this list. And, if ever you saw him live, you know what I'm saying. Plus, the guy died in a helicopter crash. That's Badass!
Many of y'all probably haven't heard of David Bromberg, but I'd have him on my list.
Last, Loggins and Messina could on the one hand be badass and on the other the opposite. While House at Pooh Corner might help show the girlfriend your softer side, give me tunes like Angry Eyes any time for the badass mood.