Who’s Gonna Fill Their Legendary Shoes?
Whatever artistic direction Taylor Swift follows next, country music will always be her home and the place that helped her become the international superstar who currently inspires so much heated debate. And however you feel about her music, Taylor’s success is impossible to deny as she sets records with each new album. She earned the CMA Entertainer of the Year award while just a teen, making her the youngest ever to hold the title. Time will tell if she’ll be able to keep this pace going through her 20s, but we’ll always have those expertly crafted hits like “You Belong With Me” and “White Horse” to remind us that Taylor’s still a talented songwriter just searching for truth.
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In this special Country Weekly cover story, we profile some of today’s most capable artists—the Veterans, the Journeymen, the Hopefuls and the Promising—and take a look ahead down country’s road.