Who’s Gonna Fill Their Legendary Shoes?
Country music wouldn’t still be country music if it weren’t for those who honor the sounds and themes that have carried it from the 1920s to the present, like Chris Young. His music is laced with traditional instruments like fiddle and steel, and subjects revolve around the importance of family, the beauty of love lost and found, and the good times had on a Saturday night with the boys. The thing about Chris, though, is he isn’t just talking the talk. He is that country boy who loves his mama, won’t back down from a shot of Patrón and will take a creep to task for mistreating a lady. Like a long line of his legendary predecessors, country isn’t just music for Chris—it’s a lifestyle.
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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.