It’s hard to believe, but we’re nearing the end of 2016. School is back in session, a wave of pumpkin spice lattes is about to sweep the land, and websites are going to start prepping their “Best of 2016” lists.
In an alternate universe, Josh Turner should be square in the middle of a long string of neo-traditionalist hit songs and albums. His baritone was tailor-made for a country song, more so than just about any other male singer in recent memory.
Dierks Bentley has, in a quiet and underrated way, become one of the most consistent hitmakers in country music today. He’s also one of the few singers out there who’s unafraid to color outside the established lines for country singers in the 2010s.