I have a ton of celebrity crushes, but since my newest release – BROKEN STRINGS — is part of a country music themed collection called Love Notes, let’s talk country crushes!
My favorites come and go, kind of like a flavor of the month, but there are some musicians and songs that have a long-standing place in my heart. I’m also a bit of a concert ho, so all the pics here are from concerts I’ve been to!
- Kenny Chesney
Kenny is my longest-standing country crush. Oh, those arms. Whenever I need a good arm-porn fix, I turn to Kenny. I’ve seen Kenny in concert 5 times, with concert #6 planned for this summer. He always plays the weekend of my mother’s birthday at Gillette Stadium, so I take her every year for her birthday. He’s an amazing performer. The energy at his shows is incredible and we always have a great time. The song that got me hooked? Somewhere With You.
- Dierks Bentley
Speaking of concerts, my next concert is Dierks Bentley in June. I’ve had a crush on him ever since I Hold On. That song was the theme for Bryan Curtis in The Sound of Deception, but it rings true for all of my heroes. It’s no surprise that Dierks is one of the inspirations for Jake “JD” Donovan in Broken Strings. With Dierks, my crush is inspired by the whole package, the curly hair, the blue eyes, the sexy smile … oh, and that nice tush! He sure does fill out a pair of worn jeans like nobody’s business!!
I saw Dierks for the first time last summer and we even got a shout out from the band for our poster “We’re With the Band.” Yes, Dierks made eye contact with me and smiled. I still haven’t recovered.
- Eric Church
Springsteen is the song that got me hooked on Eric Church, and that song is the inspiration behind my next Superstitious Brides book, 3rd Trip to the Altar. But it was seeing him in concert a second time that put him in the ovary exploding category of country crushes. The first time I saw him, the experience could best be described as meh (he opened for Toby Keith and I won the tickets on the radio). He didn’t suck, but I wouldn’t have paid to see him. The second time, he opened for Kenny Chesney. I went in with low expectations only to have my mind and ovaries blown. The performance was explosive and I will even admit it was my favorite part of the Kenny Chesney experience that year.
- Kip Moore
Kip is a relatively new crush for me. I like all of his music, but Running for You nabbed me. Well, okay, so did his arms. He’s another giver when it comes to the arm porn. He opened for Dierks last summer and it was such a fantastic show, I mean, all that arm porn!! Running for You is now a favorite in my writing play lists but I do love all of his songs. There’s something about the gravelly voice … it’s a melodic seduction of the senses.
- Chris Young
My newest country crush is Chris Young. He’s really hot in country music right now and while I’ve listened to him for years, it’s only been recently that he’s burrowed into my heart. I love his deep voice and the sincere, heartfelt lyrics in his love songs. I haven’t seen Chris in concert YET, so I don’t have any pictures to share, but you can be sure if he comes to my neck of the woods, I’ll be there! The radio show host of the local country station I listen to LOVES Chris Young (she calls him Chris Yum) and since she helped inspire Colleen “CC” Cooper in Broken Strings, I listened to a lot of Chris Young while writing that novel!
So tell me, who is your country crush and why? If you’re not into country music, who is your biggest celebrity crush?
About the Author
National Bestselling Author Susan Ann Wall writes racy, rule-breaking romance and women’s fiction. Her newest release, Broken Strings, is available April 19, 2016 in the Love Notes ebook collection. Looking for other great deals? You will find the first novel from her Puget Sound ~ Alive With Love series, The Sound of Consequence, in the upcoming collection First Glance, which features 13 first-in-their-series romances for only $.99 (available April 26, 2016).