In Newsweek, the writers discussed the direction (or demise) of country music. When I was in junior high on a cross-country mission trip, the sounds of country on the radio drove me crazy. In every song the dog died while some guy cried in his beer. However, my senior year of high school I started listening to country music, jumping on board with Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw and Shania Twain. In fact, Garth was the first major concert I ever saw, and for a long time it set the bar.
For a few years country was all I listened too (and heaven forbid someone try and change the station). The good news is that now I listen to everything. The bad news is that I'll sing along, no matter what's playing, and odds are, I'll know most of the words.
Where do you fall on the "country continuum"? Of the 15 singers featured, I'm in the artist 10 -13 range. Is Taylor Swift your style, or is she too sweet? And at 18, how much heartbreak can she really relate to? Check it out here.