Garth Brooks is easily the most famous person who has ever picked up my purse. He's as warm and kind in person as he is on TV. Though Garth is the highest-selling solo artist of all-time, it's interesting to me that he was never really thought of a sex symbol or a heart throb. Maybe it's because I was only in elementary when "Thunder Rolls" came out and I have no recollection of it, or maybe it's because he has taken some really interesting publicity photos over the years.
Following comebacks from Garth Brooks and Shania Twain; two of pop-country's biggest stars of the 1990s, we got to thinking about other veteran acts we would love to see return to form. Whether they were pivotal figures of the neo-traditionalist movement or collected only a few major hits, One Country takes a look at the five acts who are long-overdue to release new music and take over the world (again). Some might not have ever reached the prestigious legend class, but when revisiting some of the late-1990s and early-2000s, we couldn't help but dig up a few lesser names for consideration.
If you don't listen to Martina McBride's "Independence Day" too closely, it sounds like a pretty patriotic tune. "Let freedom ring / let the white dove sing / Let the whole world know that today is a day of reckoning," she sings in the chorus. In reality, though, it isn't about the Fourth of July. It's set on the Fourth of July. Big difference.
Ashley Graham Performed the Hell Out of Shania Twain's "That Don't Impress Me Much" on "Lip Sync Battle"
Ashley Graham may be known as the world's first plus-size supermodel, but she might also be on her way to starting her career as a professional lip syncer.
If you don't know Jeffrey Steele as an artist, you're bound to know his songs. He's penned a slew of hits from Tim McGraw's "The Cowboy in Me" to "These Days, " "What Hurts the Most," "Here" and "My Wish" for Rascal Flatts. And that's just to name a few. Steele was also the frontman for one of my favorite 90s bands, Boy Howdy, which performed the enduring "She'd Give Anything."
On June 27, Shania Twain was at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum for the opening of her new exhibit, Shania Twain: Rock This Country. The event was attended by a smattering of music industry professionals, press and Kelsea Ballerini.
If you aren't a fan of Brooks & Dunn, you probably aren't much of a country music fan, but luckily for us-- Luke Combs is a fan. And even better for us, he can sing the hell of out "Brand New Man," the duo's debut single from 1991.
It seems as though Dierks Bentley always has a fast one up his sleeve. Something crazy seems to happen at every single one of his shows. At a recent concert in Pennsylvania, Bentley joined the Bolo Boys band, a bluegrass group comprised of members of his own band in disguise. Bentley has always had an affinity for both the genre and stringed instruments.