Country music is an ever-changing genre, and it is safe to say that recent years has seen a major shift in the “typical” sounds of country. Gone are the days when the genre was recognizable by its “country twang” and crying over spilled beer and broken down tractors. Now, country artists are being played on pop or even rock radio stations, and they are claiming influences from a wide array of music genres including rock and rap. While many country fans see this as a decline in quality in the music, it has also opened the door for many people who are not usually country music fans to get involved in the music, and make it much more mainstream and popular. Check out 9 Singers Who Are Transforming Country Music.
9. Luke Bryan
In recent years, country superstar Luke Bryan’s music has undergone a noticeable change, and while he is offended by the term “bro-country,” many agree he is now catering towards a wider demographic than just country fans. As one of the leading artists in country music, Bryan’s influence is pretty massive and, when he made the switch to include more songs with pop, rock and even rap beats behind them, he invited many artists to do the same, and with great success.Photo by Broadimage/REX Shutterstock