Who’s Gonna Fill Their Legendary Shoes?
ACM Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan is country’s hottest star, though his early releases yielded nothing that turned him into an overnight sensation. Luke’s ascent to the top has been a slower grind, from the Top 5 2007 single “All My Friends Say” to recent No. 1 smashes like “Drunk on You.” Luke’s third album Tailgates & Tanlines was recently certified double platinum, right as he’s gearing up for Crash My Party—one of 2013’s most anticipated albums. We bet he’ll be flashing that 1,000-watt smile right on into the next decade.
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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.