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
2. Sturgill Simpson – Life of Sin
Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
3. Jaime Wyatt – Misery & Gin
Misery and Gin – Single
4. Matt Woods – Dead Man’s Blues
Deadman’s Blues – Single
5. Colter Wall – The Devil Wears a Suit and Tie
6. Austin Lucas – Unbroken Hearts
Between the Moon & the Midwest
7. Sarah Gayle Meech – At the Bar Again
Tennessee Love Song
8. Whitey Morgan & The 78s – Leavin’ Again
9. Kelsey Waldon – Town Clown
10. Cale Tyson – Fool of the Year
Cheater’s Wine – EP
11. Nikki Lane – Right Time
All Or Nothin’
12. Sam Outlaw – Ghost Town
13. Caleb Caudle – Borrowed Smiles
14. Tanya Montana Coe – How Low
15. Tommy Ash – Sugar in a Bottle
16. Jeremy Pinnell – The Way Country Sounds
Oh / Ky
17. Karen Jonas – Suicide Sal
18. Whitney Rose – The Devil Borrowed My Boots
Heartbreaker of the Year
19. Motel Mirrors – Suddenly You
Motel Mirrors (feat. Amy LaVere & John Paul Keith)
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