As the years go by, country music will inevitably change.

And that’s OK.

But what is always especially heartwarming is when country music’s possible new stars take a step back to give honor to the music of yesteryear. And with this performance  from “The Voice,” Team Blake contestants and country singers Justin Whisnant and Mary Sarah faced off on Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty’s country classic “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man.”

“I’m really happy and proud of the both of you guys for stepping into some big shoes of Conway and Loretta, honoring what they did, but also making it your own too,” Blake told the pair. “I thank you all as a country music junkie.”

While Blake had plenty of good words to say about Justin, telling him that he took up Conway’s version up a notch, it was Mary Sarah that received the biggest accolades from the country superstar. “A 20-year-old blending personality along with a bit of the current sound of country music – it’s hard to do that and be believable,” said Blake.

After much thinking, Blake decided to save team member Mary Sarah. Do you agree with his choice?

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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