EDITORS’ PICK—Best Country-Rock Crooner Who Wears His Heart on His Sleeve

Billy Blackburn

Singer/songwriter Billy Blackburn holds nothing back in his music. “Sometimes it’s difficult to get up in front of people and pour out your most intimate feelings,” he admits. But, he says, songwriting is “the only way for me to totally get my demons out, and I don’t have to pay to lie on someone’s couch to do it.” Tracks from Blackburn’s debut CD, Defiant, hit local airwaves last year. His latest recording, Iconography, debuts in early winter, with an acoustic tour—Blackburn also plays guitar—planned for 2010.