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A Look Back Into The Women Of Country Music Standing Together

International Women’s Day may have passed but we’re celebrating the powerful women in the music industry all month!

Lainey Wilson, Elle King, and Tanya Tucker perform at Nissan Stadium on Friday, June 9 during CMA Fest 2023 in downtown Nashville.

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The women in country music have pushed boundaries, broken the mold, and blazed a trail for those following as well as inspired those who preceded them. They have brought us to tears with their lyricism, such as “Boulder to Birmingham” by Emmylou Harris, and they have brought us to the dance floor with iconic hits like Shania’s “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!”, which has been covered by many modern country stars, such as Kelsea Ballerini.

While it may be hard to predict the next move of the women in this industry, one thing will always remain- their companionship and support of other female artists. This has been seen time and time again through all-female tours led by Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert; creating girl groups like The Highwomen; singing on the stigma of country songs, such as “Girl In A Country Song” by Maddie & Tae; and artists in other genres holding the door open to share artists of our genre- such as Taylor Swift bringing out Alison Krauss on her 1989 tour.

10 years ago, it seemed to be difficult to get two female artists in a studio to record a duet, let alone have one top the charts like “Somethin’ Bad” by Carrie and Miranda, and “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” by Ashley McBride and Carly Pearce. CMT Crossroads has contributed to this viral phenomena as well by Kelsea Ballerini and Halsey performing together for a sassy cover of each other’s songs, in addition to Hillary Scott from Lady A and Stevie Nicks for an ethereal rendition of “Rhiannon”.

Country music is known for its Texan charm and artists that are woven into its roots. Kacey Musgraves, Maren Morris, Danielle Bradbery, Leann Wommack, and so on all originated there. Yet still, their sounds have all evolved into who they are and what they stand for, and they have all pushed boundaries while doing so. Morphing what country “should” be has allowed people to feel welcomed into this vastly expanding community. This has led to the 2024 evolution that is Beyonce joining the country music scene. 

The women of country music are not afraid to sing their truths, and that is why this genre has become so welcoming to people. Trisha Yearwood and Brooke Eden making lyric changes to "She's In Love With The Boy" at the Grand Ole Opry was pivotal and a breath of fresh air for so many.

All of these experiences and milestones of those who blazed trails before this new era of country music has influenced up and coming female artists like Shelby Darrell, Diamond Dixie, Tenille Townes, Megan Moroney and so many more. They are channeling new depths and curating stories for females to be able to relate to. The women of country music reinforce that women DO support women and want to hear other women. Whether you're a fan, an artist, or a team member- the voices of these powerful women have impacted many generations.


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