Country music is experiencing a resurgence of late. New bands and solo artists are emerging that are bringing a modern style, but maintaining the original tropes of the genre. It might be wrong to call the current phase of country and western music a revival as it has been going strong for some years. It is perhaps more appropriate to say that a new country movement is resulting in the release of some amazing music that is connecting with a lot of people. Country music is beginning to draw in audiences and demographics that it previously would not reach.

This is due in no small part to the efforts of current country artists like Dierks Bentley and Zac Brown Band. These two acts have been making amazing music for some years now, however, they have paved the way for brand new country stars and have created a body of work that more and more people are discovering all the time. That is not to say that their careers are over, they are both still putting out albums, Bentley’s newest album: Riser is probably his best to date. Black is his next album which will no doubt be the kind where you love every single track, just like it’s predecessor.

What can’t you say about Zac Brown Band? They create some beautiful music, all with real instruments and unparalleled vocals. The writing and the subject matter speaks to a lot of people, it focusses on different themes to other genres but the truthfulness and effect it has on you is as strong if not stronger.

There are new country stars in the industry now that are connecting with young people, they are making country music cool and showing that it isn’t just for an older audience. They act and look like rock stars. They live an appealing life that fans enjoy seeing on social media and they fill huge stadiums. It is hard not to be excited when you see a video of Florida Georgia Line playing in-front of thousands of people. Musicians like Charles Kelley are dragging country back into the mainstream. You only have to look at the amount of performances he has done on huge talk shows. Since leaving Lady Antebellum he has released an incredible solo album that has blown up.

I think a lot of people would realise that they love new country music if they were open-minded about it. Perhaps the thing that is so good about country is that, like all good music, it can make you experience the snapshot effect. This is what I call that sensation when you listen to a song that takes you back to an event or time in your life. The music of artists like Charles Kelley and Dierks Bentley can provoke a memory, it can give you a look at a life you may never see, it can provide a window into the past and a profound glimpse at an experience you understand deeply but have never had.

In short, they are beautifully cinematic. Country, quite simply, is just good music and I think this renaissance will continue to grow. This is especially likely with rising stars like Charles Kelley at the helm. With talents like Kelley about to break out, the future of music is in safe hands.

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