Who’s Gonna Fill Their Legendary Shoes?
As American Idol success stories go, Carrie Underwood seems like the exception rather than the rule. But she came out in a big way with her debut, Some Hearts, which contained the irresistable crossover hit “Before He Cheats,” and then proceeded to push into new territory with each new album. The title track for her latest album, Blown Away, gave an unflinching look at domestic abuse, and follow-up “Two Black Cadillacs” made a murder-revenge story into one sexy saga. And we haven’t even mentioned Carrie’s crystalline voice, as powerful and pure an instrument as Tammy Wynette’s in her heyday.
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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.