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

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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.

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

      Midwest Farmer’s Daughter



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      2. Sturgill Simpson – Life of Sin

      Metamodern Sounds in Country Music



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      3. Jaime Wyatt – Misery & Gin

      Misery and Gin – Single



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      4. Matt Woods – Dead Man’s Blues

      Deadman’s Blues – Single



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

      Imaginary Appalachia



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      6. Austin Lucas – Unbroken Hearts

      Between the Moon & the Midwest



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      7. Sarah Gayle Meech – At the Bar Again

      Tennessee Love Song



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

      Sonic Ranch



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      9. Kelsey Waldon – Town Clown

      The Goldmine



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      10. Cale Tyson – Fool of the Year

      Cheater’s Wine – EP



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      11. Nikki Lane – Right Time

      All Or Nothin’



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      12. Sam Outlaw – Ghost Town

      Angeleno



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      13. Caleb Caudle – Borrowed Smiles

      Carolina Ghost



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      14. Tanya Montana Coe – How Low

      Silver Bullet



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      15. Tommy Ash – Sugar in a Bottle

      Sinner’s Blood



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      16. Jeremy Pinnell – The Way Country Sounds

      Oh / Ky



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      17. Karen Jonas – Suicide Sal

      Oklahoma Lottery



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      18. Whitney Rose – The Devil Borrowed My Boots

      Heartbreaker of the Year



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      19. Motel Mirrors – Suddenly You

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



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      20. Cody Jinks – Birds

      Adobe Sessions





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