In her never-ending search for interesting names, Appellation Mountain‘s Abby Sandel tuned into the Country Music Awards and reports here on what she uncovered.
If you ask me, I’ll insist I don’t like country music.
Except that you’ll find Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline and Emmylou Harris on my iPod.
Clearly, I’m in denial. When the Academy of Country Music presented their awards earlier this month, I tuned in. Sure enough, there was an entire category of names I’d overlooked.
There are some great choices in Nashville’s past: legends like Loretta, Dolly, Merle, and Hank. But the current crop of recording artists wears names that are just a little bit country. They’re equally stylish in suburban New Jersey or rural Tennessee.
Bentley – His rise has been attributed to MTV’s Teen Mom and the pricey ride, but country star Dierks Bentley gives it a different spin.
Blake – As in singer Blake Shelton. I’m fascinated by his middle: Tollison.
Coy – You might remember the name from the Dukes of Hazzard, but today he’s worn by a member of the successful Zac Brown Band.
Darius – The former frontman of Hootie & the Blowfish has transitioned to a successful country music career.
Easton - The newcomer’s surname, Corbin, might work, too.
Jackson – There’s the Johnny Cash song, and also hitmaker Alan Jackson.
Kiefer – Husband and wife duo Kiefer and Shawna Thompson form Thompson Square. Proof that the name doesn’t have to pair with the surname Sutherland.