Let’s lighten things up a little today. We haven’t had a culture post in a while, after all.
Mrs. Animal and I appreciate us some country music, as do lots of folks. So, without further ado, here’s my pick for the top five country performers (individuals as opposed to groups; I’ll do that another day) that are alive and performing today. Note: These are not based on any charts, album sales, concert figures or anything but my own preference. Discussion encouraged.
#5: Aaron Lewis. Particularly his song Northern Redneck, which speaks a lot to my own upbringing in the wooded hills of Allamakee County.
#4: Sara Evans. Sara combines an amazing voice, a knack for performing, stunning looks and a sunburst smile. She’s easily one of the best women performers in country not only today, but ever.
#3: Hank Williams, Jr. Bocephus has it in the blood, of course, but his freewheeling roughneck style is his own; he’s not just cashing in on his father’s fame. His famous A Country Boy Can Survive is speaking to a lot of folks right now.
#2: Reba McEntire. Listen to Reba sing, and you just really can’t add anything more. There are plenty of women in country with great voices, including my entry here at #4, but Reba is in a class by herself. The lady has some serious pipes.
#1: George Strait. George is the King of Country. He’s America’s troubadour. There isn’t anyone else who combines the voice, the delivery, and the choice of ballads. Strait is a balladeer without peer, and the song Run is one of his best.
Chime in, True Believers!