Contact Us

20 New Country Artists You May Not Have Heard of but Need to Hear

Americana Music Festival & Conference Award Show - Show, Audience & Backstage
Getty Images for Americana Music

The artists that have dominated the country charts for many years have become household names: Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, etc.

But there is a thriving underground country music scene that features artists holding true to the old school, honky-tonk sounds and draw influence from bluegrass, popular country of the 60s and 70s as well as the mountain hymns of Appalachia and the delta blues. In recent years, this music has received more attention thanks to ground breaking releases from troubadours like Sturgill Simpson and Margo Price.

Here are a few of my favorites from and I recommend you give a few, if not all, a solid listen and let me know what you think in the comment section below.

    • 60x60bb20

      1. Margo Price – Hurtin’ (On the Bottle)

      Midwest Farmer’s Daughter

    • 60x60bb21

      2. Sturgill Simpson – Life of Sin

      Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

    • 60x60bb22

      3. Jaime Wyatt – Misery & Gin

      Misery and Gin – Single

    • 60x60bb23

      4. Matt Woods – Dead Man’s Blues

      Deadman’s Blues – Single

    • 60x60bb24

      5. Colter Wall – The Devil Wears a Suit and Tie

      Imaginary Appalachia

    • 60x60bb25

      6. Austin Lucas – Unbroken Hearts

      Between the Moon & the Midwest

    • 60x60bb27

      7. Sarah Gayle Meech – At the Bar Again

      Tennessee Love Song

    • 60x60bb26

      8. Whitey Morgan & The 78s – Leavin’ Again

      Sonic Ranch

    • 60x60bb28

      9. Kelsey Waldon – Town Clown

      The Goldmine

    • 60x60bb29

      10. Cale Tyson – Fool of the Year

      Cheater’s Wine – EP

    • 60x60bb30

      11. Nikki Lane – Right Time

      All Or Nothin’

    • 60x60bb31

      12. Sam Outlaw – Ghost Town


    • 60x60bb32

      13. Caleb Caudle – Borrowed Smiles

      Carolina Ghost

    • 60x60bb33

      14. Tanya Montana Coe – How Low

      Silver Bullet

    • 60x60bb34

      15. Tommy Ash – Sugar in a Bottle

      Sinner’s Blood

    • 60x60bb35

      16. Jeremy Pinnell – The Way Country Sounds

      Oh / Ky

    • 60x60bb36

      17. Karen Jonas – Suicide Sal

      Oklahoma Lottery

    • 60x60bb37

      18. Whitney Rose – The Devil Borrowed My Boots

      Heartbreaker of the Year

    • 60x60bb38

      19. Motel Mirrors – Suddenly You

      Motel Mirrors (feat. Amy LaVere & John Paul Keith)

    • 60x60bb39

      20. Cody Jinks – Birds

      Adobe Sessions

Best of 95.3 the Bear

Recommended for You

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Bear VIP Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Bear VIP Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.