Who’s Gonna Fill Their Legendary Shoes?
Every era has its outlaws—those ready to barrel past the defined “comfortable” boundaries and send listeners into a tailspin torn between being shocked, puzzled and titillated. It was the rockabilly of Elvis, the rebellion of Johnny, the raw burn of one of the founders of the “outlaw” movement—Waylon. Eric Church is poised to be the next to pierce those boundaries with his cutting-edge “Did he really say that?” lyrics about taboo topics. Add a live show that channels the energy of arena rock and a mysterious swagger accentuated by his signature shades and the formula seems right for him to be country’s next Bocephus.
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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.