Top 4 Artists Who Shaped Country Music Today
Country music has been exceptionally popular since the early 1950s in America and around the world. Had it not been for some of the artists listed on this page, most people would have never fallen in love with the genre. We’re going to mention three classic country stars before highlighting a lady who is taking the music to a new level in the modern world.
They might not be as popular as some of the mainstream acts around today. However, country music is here to stay, and most people love listening to those old story songs. You have these people to thank for that.
Born in 1932, Johnny Cash fast became one of the best-selling country music artists of all time. He started out playing with his band, the Tennessee two, in bars and clubs around Memphis. It was there he met Sun Studios owner Sam Phillips who helped Cash to reach a wider audience. After many tours with the likes of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash became a household name. He produced no less than 96 studio albums and 63 compilation disks before his death in 2003.
Born in 1933, Willie Nelson hit the country music scene at around the same time as Johnny Cash. The two men would play together on stage many times throughout their long careers. That included a very special acoustic VH1 performance you can still view online today. Willie was known as an outlaw within the country music scene. With more than 83 albums to his name, it’s unsurprising he made such an impact. Unlike Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson is still alive and well. Indeed, he’s heavily involved in the marijuana legalization campaign in the US.
Most people don’t know this, but Waylon Jennings joined Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson for hundreds of tour dates during the 1980s and 1990s. That’s because they formed a country supergroup called The Highwaymen. Waylon Jennings first became involved in country music when Buddy Holly heard him sing a song. Within days, Buddy had Waylon in the studio recording the track. Since that time, Waylon has produced more than 40 studio albums and many live disks.
Cam (Camaron Marvel Ochs)
Cam burst onto the country music scene in 2010 with her first studio album entitled Heartforward. However, she is best known for the songs “My Mistake” and “Burning House” from her first EP called Welcome to Cam Country. There aren’t too many influential artists on the country music scene these days, but Cam has successfully cemented her career. Cam’s Burning House song became the highest-selling single of any female country singer in December 2015. She’s already played live one stage with some of the most popular stars around today. They include the Rolling Stones, Pink, and Bruno Mars.
As you can see, the old school country icons will always hold a special place in the hearts of southern music lovers. However, it’s the next generation of stars who are working hard to push the genre forward. Cam is one of the most refreshing acts to burst onto the scene in recent memory. Perhaps we’re seeing the beginning of a revival trend that could thrust country back into the mainstream spotlight?