Is Carrie Underwood the best living Country singer?

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With the tragic passing of legend George Jones, Country music now has a void.

Who can possibly fill his shoes? With the Possum no longer blessing us with his gorgeous voice, who is now the best living Country singer?

Well, Brad Paisley recently weighed in on the topic (in an interview with Country 92.5), and he says Carrie Underwood is the best. Do you think he's right on the money?

"I think Carrie Underwood," he says. "No doubt about it. I really think nobody sings better than her."

As a vocalist, Carrie is certainly one of those rare voices, regardless of genre, that can make the hairs stand up on your arm.

I present to you Exhibit A (and her finest vocal performance to-date):


 
 

 

If, however, you are more into subtle performances, I give to you Exhibit B:


 
 
 

 

Why, yes, it might be true that I am a big Carrie fan, but I'm not quite sure she is the best living singer. Her voice is stellar and simply out of this world, but I would put several living legends ahead of her in line for the title.

There's Merle HaggardLoretta Lynn, Reba McEntire, Alan Jackson, George Strait, Alison Krauss and Patty Loveless who are far more deserving, just off the top of my head. When I think of great singers, I not only look at vocal talent, but lyric interpretation and conviction. The names I just mentioned are some of the best singers that Country music has ever seen. If you dig a little further, several more names can be added to that list, such as Vince GillPam Tillis, Willie NelsonMel Tillis, Tanya Tucker, Dolly Parton, Ray Price and Glen Campbell, among many others.

Here are just a few of their finest live performances (or music videos, in some cases):

 

Merle, "Mama Tried"

 

Loretta, "Coal Miner's Daughter"


 

Reba, "Whoever's In New England"


 

Alan, "Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning"

 

Alison, "When You Say Nothing At All"

 

George, "Amarillo By Morning"


 

Patty, "You Don't Even Know Who I Am"

 

Vince, "Go Rest High on That Mountain"


 

Pam, "Maybe It Was Memphis"


 

Willie, "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain"

 

Mel, "Lonely Girl"


 

Tanya, "Two Sparrows in a Hurricane"

 

Dolly, "Jolene"


 

Ray, "For the Good Times"


 

Glen, "Wichita Lineman"


 
 

Photo Credit: Youtube

 

Now, I turn it over to you.

 

Do you agree with Brad? Is Carrie the best living Country singer right now? Who IS the best living Country singer? Is it someone I've mentioned above? Or do you have another singer in mind? Sound off below!

 

Chat with me about this topic on Twitter, if you like. Also, feel free to email me to keep the conversation going.

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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Llriddle64@yahoo.com'

    I think too he was referencing the current artists, thus stating contemporary. Carrie will be in the legends group in time, no doubt.

  2. Carrie is obviously the best living country singer right now. If you put her in the group with Dolly and Reba, then probably no because she is still pretty new. For contemporary artists, yes. Carrie is the best. Her career since launching in 2005 has impressively stayed consistent reaching #1 albums and songs. Winning Grammys and multiple awards are not rare for her either. If she keeps it up she’ll become a legend one day.

  3. As a current contemporary country artist, then yes- Carrie Underwood would be more than obviously be that pick (female wise). However, not overall. I would have to go with George Strait as the male vocalist for country music, and Reba as the female vocalist. They are both living legends, and both have had straight continued success since their inception. They both continue to tour and put out new music today. And as far as Reba, it’s television, broadway, movies, books, fashion as well as the music. More #1 albums than Loretta Lynn, and more #1 singles than Dolly………not to mention more top 10’s than both. And George now has 60 #1 hits……more than any artist in any genre of music. So I would choose both of them over Carrie Underwood.

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