New Country Heartthrobs
by Nick Murray | July 19, 2013
Call them what you will -- new heartthrobs, good ole bros, the ones who wear baseball caps instead of Stetsons -- but in the past few years, these artists have exploded in popularity, moving from behind-the-scenes songwriters and opening acts to the top of Nashville. While Luke Bryan -- surely the first country artist with a fan-made Twitter account devoted entirely to pictures of his butt -- both hosted this year's ACM Awards and took home its top honor, his cohost, Blake Shelton -- last seen in the pages of People's "Sexiest Man Alive" issue -- took home Entertainer, Song and Male Vocalist of the Year at the CMAs a few months earlier. Here, their tunes sit alongside those of Jake Owen, Chris Young, Hunter Hayes and more country heartthrobs.