When it comes to country music, people seem to only go in two opposite directions – they either absolutely love it or hate it with all their guts. And, even though tastes might not change overnight, the country music genre seems to have undergone some serious adjustments in the past decade or so.
Let’s face it – when you think about country music you mainly have a strong image of a middle-aged musician with a harmonica or a mandolin blabbing about cowboys, girls, and the good life in the countryside. However, nowadays the country music seems to also be inspired by folk, rock or pop genres, as more and more musicians are seeking new ways to reach the younger public.
So, either you love it or hate it, there are some country music players that might be worthy of your attention.
Dolly is by far the most popular feminine voice of country music. She is also a very skilled actress and songwriter, known for writing most of her songs. Even after many years in the spotlight, Dolly Parton still manages to sway the audience with her contagious smile and breathtaking beauty.
Dolly’s most famous song remains “Jolene”, which she has interpreted for many years and that has been covered hundreds of times by other important musicians and bands. However, perhaps the most touching tribute remains the one of Dolly’s goddaughter, the famous singer, and actress Miley Cyrus. Their duet on the song “Jolene” is definitely worthy of your time.
As I previously mentioned, the country music stage has seen a resurrection in the past few years, mainly because of a new wave of talented singers who tried their luck with the genre. One of them is Blake Shelton, a singer, songwriter, and music star who’s extremely easy on the eye.
Born in 1976 in Oklahoma, Blake was married two times before meeting his current wife, famous singer Gwen Stefani. The couple has worked together on many seasons of America’s most famous TV music show, “The Voice”.
Ever since his debut in 2001, Shelton has released 11 music albums and has gained millions of fans worldwide.
Swift is definitely the leader of the new country music generation and arguably one of the most talented singers and songwriters in the world right now. At just 28 years of age, Taylor Swift already has an impressive career and has gained numerous trophies.
She is a true inspiration for new musicians and remains tied to her country roots even though she transitioned to pop music a few years ago. The singer released six music albums, with her latest called “Reputation” in 2017. She is also known for her electric live performances and her tumultuous personal life.