Real tears fell during at least one of these seven country music cover song performances. Newcomers including Brett Young, Farewell Angelina and Kalie Shorr prove their versatility beyond their own catalog by covering Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and more.
Grammy's, ACM and CMA Awards and a rarely interrupted, five-year stretch of No. 1 hits guarantee the Judds a spot on this list of country music's most powerful women. Their personal story of perseverance is what's most impressive.
The death of traditional country music may have been overstated. These 18 country singers are proving there is still allegiance to a less pop-friendly brand of twang. They also prove fans often need to go looking for it.