Target Rising Stars for Rolling Stone’s Country Vertical

Are you a writer gone country? Step right up.


Unlike many music trends that come and go (hair bands, grunge rock, emo, to name a few), country music is one genre that remains as much a force today as it was during its bluesy inception in the 1920s. Sure, the styles have changed throughout the years, but the songs of down-home sensibilities and straight-shooting stories of working-class Americans are here to stay. Country music’s dominance was so evident that Rolling Stone decided it was high time to devote a large portion of its site to covering it.

Launched in 2014, RS Country is “really just a way to spotlight country music beyond what’s on top-40 radio,” says senior editor Beville Dunkerley. “We spotlight a lot of Americana and a lot of emerging artists, and a lot of artists who are a little bit under the radar but we want to bring to [the forefront].”

In addition to pitching stories on up-and-comers, freelancers should bring new perspectives to stories relevant to country music lovers.

Dunkerley is currently looking for writers who can cover daily news. “Not just people who can turn around a press release fast,” she explains, “but people who can present a news story in a different way — going beyond the press release to make the story different from what all the other sites are going to have.”

For more, including editors’ contact information, read: How To Pitch: RS Country.

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