Who’s Gonna Fill Their Legendary Shoes?
Reba is arguably in a class by herself, as she’s still making viable music and enjoying a solid career as she enters her mid-50s. You could make the case that Reba stands as the greatest female artist in country history, though Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn definitely have their loyal supporters, and deservedly so. Reba has a lengthy body of work, with her first No. 1 hit coming exactly 30 years ago, “Can’t Even Get the Blues” in 1983, and her most recent chart-topper, “Turn on the Radio,” occurring in 2010. Her lavish, production-laden concerts in the 1980s and ’90s, complete with multiple costume changes, paved the way for today’s shows that feature ramped-up production values. Plus, her forays into television and film have inspired future generations of female stars to become more multifaceted. Reba has already taken her place in the Country Music Hall of Fame, yet she continues to show no signs of slowing down.
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