Country Universe writer and founder of The Musical Divide Zack Kephart continues his deep dive into the history of Modern Country Music:
Country music’s story in the latter half of the 2000s is less about the events that shape it and more about the artists – new and old – who rose to prominence during the time period. And as Gretchen Wilson proved unable to maintain consistent success and longevity within the genre, two women emerged from newly growing mediums to foster a way forward.
Those two women, Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert, are among the many artists who are spotlighted in this section of Zack’s historical record. It’s amazing how many long haulers surfaced during this window of time. There’s also an excellent primer on the origins of underground country music, and some of the key artists associated with it. Check it out!