The new superstar of country music in the late 90s and 00s, McGraw was in the right place at the right time to inherit the huge fanbase cut adrift by Garth Brooks’ decision to retire from the music scene. McGraw followed a similar musical route to Brooks, bashing out a mix of honky tonk and country rock, laced with healthy doses of AOR pop in his quieter moments. He also demonstrated a knack for humorous, light-hearted fare, always a good move on the country market and one which provided McGraw with his first big hit, Indian Outlaw. His marriage to female country star Faith Hill also ensured McGraw was rarely out of the papers, and by the late 90s he was firmly established as the new king of country music. Apart from his 1993 debut, all of his albums have gone multi-platinum, with four of them also topping the mainstream charts.
Followers: Billy Currington, Steve Holy, Jack Ingram
Influenced By: Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, The Eagles, Poco...