Brandon Lay’s hometown of Jackson, Tenn., falls halfway between Memphis and Nashville, and musically so does he. His influences include artists that revolutionized country music in the '90s, and Elvis Presley.
Opening up for Garth Brooks can be terrifying for a new country group like Runaway June. The size of the crowds and stages, plus the idea that one if not two country music icons could be watching from just a few feet away — that’s a lot for anyone to take. At the end of the night, the “Lipstick” singers and 2017 Taste of Country RISERS were anything but afraid.
Little Big Town and Brantley Gilbert have highlighted a strong first three months of new country music releases in 2017, but projects from some of country music's biggest hitmakers — and recent award winners — are still to come.
Carrie Underwood has been a mainstay in country music since winning Season 4 of 'American Idol' in 2005. Unlike artists who scraped their way to the top, the 33-year-old became an instant superstar, but she has more than the reality show to thank.
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