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.
Keith Urban first brought his songs to Nashville in the mid-'90s, and since releasing his self-titled debut solo album in 1999, the Australian has been considered to be one of the most promising acts in country music.
Luke Bryan's best songs are honest, easy to digest observations of life and love, with heaping doses of the singer and Entertainer of the Year's boyish personality added for extra flavor. He's an absolute original.