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.