Country music, like all genres, goes through different reiterations and artists. The country art form, however, is unique in that the debate always refers to ‘real country.’ No other artists are scrutinized as heavily as country singers. The pantheon of real country is Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard, give or take a few other lauded luminaries. Country and western’s landscape is littered with singers that produced hits, but never tasted the authenticity bestowed upon a proud few.
Today’s current crop of troubadours vying for the elusive adjective are Riley Green, Morgan Wallen and Koe Wetzel. They’ve all done an admirable job with their respective albums and shows. Parker McCollum, another name in that lineup of newcomers, writes the majority of his own material and sings those songs like a dream.