Eric Church, Taylor Swift Make List of 50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now
Rolling Stone compiled a list of the 50 greatest live acts right now, and making the list alongside music greats such as Bruce Springsteen, Prince, and the Rolling Stones are two of country music's very own: Eric Church and Taylor Swift.
To create this extensive list, the magazine asked a panel of writers, industry figures and artists to vote on their favorite live performers right now. The panel was a conglomeration of music makers, from Lars Ulrich of Metallica to Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes. To be eligible for the list, a performer must have toured within the last five years and not announced their retirement.
Church emerged at No. 40 and the magazine raved about him, saying, "At his summer stadium shows, country star Eric Church emerges amid smoke and sirens...beginning a gig that recalls arena rock's golden age." Church appeals to a vast audience, as demonstrated by his Lollapalooza invitation -- he was the only country star invited to the alternative rock festival -- and he also received Album of the Year at the 2013 ACMs.
Swift found herself on the tail end of the list, at No. 49 -- just ahead of Fiona Apple. Rolling Stones describes her as "a kiddie feminist heroine who knows just the right dose of hooks, glitter, and stories about her famous exes to whip arena crowds into a teary frenzy...making every fan in the house feel like they have a very tall, very talented BFF who just wants to hang for a few hours and gab about boys 'n' stuff." Although the 'Everything Has Changed' songstress doesn't normally find herself at the end of lists, it's quite an honor to be named to this jaw-dropping group of talented artists.
Some of the most recent lists Swift has topped recently are Forbes' 2013 Most Powerful Celebrities List, and Top Earning Celebrities Under 30. Plus, she is only 23, giving her plenty of time to catch up to Springsteen.
With a little bit more time and experience, Church and Swift could very well see themselves on top of this talent-heavy list someday.