2015 is shaping up to be an incredible year for country music. Here’s why.
The past year has garnered a lot of negative attention for country music. Controversy over the artistic merit and worth of “bro-country” cast a shadow over the genre in the past year. Still, with a new slew of talent, events, and music to look forward to, 2015 is set to be one of the best years for country music in recent history.
1. Bro-country is over
We’ve acknowledged the wrong turns country music has made in the past year, and 2015 is the year when we get back on track. Fans are ready for artists who want to connect and share more than just a beer on a tailgate.
2. The new generation of traditional country is here
A group of young and talented artists from the Nashville area, including Cale Tyson, Kelsey Waldon, and Luke Bell, have adopted the traditional honky-tonk sound that originally brought country music to the forefront. Their retro sound is fresh and appealing, and is sure to influence those on Music Row.
3. Garth is back!
After Garth announced his retirement in 2000, the country music landscape changed rapidly. His universally loved sound, and perfected artistry is something that can only help improve the musical landscape and inspire other artists.
4. T-Swift’s gone pop
Taylor Swift made an important mark on the industry that won’t soon be forgotten. Now that she’s made her full transition into the pop world, more room has been made on the charts for a fresher and more genre-authentic group of artists.
5. Indie is making an impact
The recent rise in popularity of Alt-country and Americana has influenced the genre in a positive way. With artists like Sturgill Simpson rapidly gaining and major record deals, edgier artists like Shakey Graves and Trent Dabbs are poised to break through.
6. Big album releases are coming
In 2015, you can look forward to new music from Kacey Musgraves, Reba, Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett, The Mavericks, and Jake Owen. Those are just a handful of what is sure to be a year full of great albums.
7. Women are taking back the charts
After a year full of bros, 2015 is the time for females to make themselves heard again. With artists like Raelynn, Danielle Bradbery and Jana Kramer already making a big mark on the charts, there’re sure to be many more new and talented ladies in the spotlight.
8. Music festivals are gaining strength
This year, the amount of country music based festivals has hit a high point. From Coachella’s sister festival Stagecoach to Firefly Festival’s brand new Big Barrel Festival, there are plenty of opportunities this year to see all of your favorite artists in one spot and discover new artists.
9. It’s the year of Loretta
While Loretta Lynn has never and will never disappear from country, 2015 looks to be a big comeback year. She’s releasing a new album for the first time since 2004 and will be out on tour for most of the year.
10. Substance is retaking the spotlight
This year’s releases have already seemed to set aside clichés and tired metaphors for more authentic and creative lyrical choices. Artists like Brett Eldredge and Frankie Ballard are great examples of artists who know how to create mainstream hits with substance.