Have you felt the tide turning? It’s happening. There’s a wave of newer country artists who are unapollogetically embracing their inner rock star. I call it the Luke Combs effect. Let’s face it, Combs has transformed this genre into be more accepting of an edgier sound. From his first release, “Hurricane,” Luke has proven there’s a place for a rock influence in country music. Luke has also proven there’s a place for “regular guys” in the format; no cookie-cutter models required. Artists like Combs are helping to bring in younger listeners. They are also bringing in more male listeners, in a format that has been largely been supported by female listeners. Turning the tide…Here are 10 country artists riding the rock wave.
In the past few years, the rock influence in country music has been hard to miss. It’s evident in the music, the shows, even the fashion. Stars like Morgan Wallen, Bailey Zimmerman and Hardy (in addition to Combs) have led the way. They bring a cool factor to the genre. But they also usher in a fun factor, with energy driven by beats, guitars and a rock show atmosphere. Now we just need more women to join in the wave. There are a couple listed below. Take a look at those turning the tide. Here are 10 country artists riding the rock wave.