Rolling Stone magazine, one of the most popular music publications, has gone country. The two artists who have the honor of gracing the first ever Rolling Stone Country covers? Eric Church and Miranda Lambert. But these two stars certainly aren't sharing the spotlight. The current queen and resident rebel each have their own cover, both of which you can find on stands this Friday. At a glance, the new segment of Rolling Stone is going to cover the most popular music in the genre as well as some of the lesser known and up-and-comers. One of the featured articles on the website is a candid sit-down with Sturgill Simpson, who some have deemed the artist to save traditional country music. As a pretty big Sturgill Simpson fan myself, I appreciated what he had to say on the topics of "bro country" and denying the title of Country Music's Savior. Also included in the article, fellow country artist Shooter Jennings praising Simpson's authenticity and uniqueness.
Rolling Stone has often been criticized for their controversial interviews where many suspect artists' words are twisted to create a good headline (just ask Eric Church). But so far so good for the country side of the publication. Hopefully they'll continue including artists who aren't making music made for radio play while also focusing on the biggest headlines in the genre. This move by Rolling Stone proves how huge country music is today and it's about time people paid attention.