The mainstream Country Music landscape has changed vastly over the years. While some people enjoy the change, others are left trying to find the traditional sound of the country music they once knew. With so many options on streaming services , it can be a daunting task to sift through the artists to find the best kept secrets. Look no further. We have complied a list of rising country music stars you should listen to now!
If you take everything you love about 90’s country music, add some retro flare, a dash of rock n roll, and a whole bunch of southern charm … you get Hannah Dasher. Hailing from Savannah, GA, this Fender wielding country star came to Nashville to chase her music dreams just after graduating from University of Georgia. Nicknamed Hannah Damn Dasher by her peers, Hannah has become a well respected songwriter and musician in the industry, even writing a song released by country music star Brad Paisley in 2017. Her bubbly, larger than life personality shines in her viral cooking show, “Stand By Your Pan,” where she has over 1.5 million loyal followers. But this is just a side gig for Hannah, country music is her calling. Opening for artists like Reba McEntire, Hank Williams Jr, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dasher has an impressive resume to say the least.
Hannah released her album, “The Half Record” in 2021, which includes her show opening banger, “You’re Gonna Love Me.” With her new album set to release this year, Hannah Dasher fans everywhere can’t wait to hear what she has in store. If you like traditional country with a modern twist, catchy lyrics, and unfiltered Southern Sass, you’re gonna love Hannah Dasher.
Mention the name Brent Cobb in Nashville, and you will find he is no newcomer to the music industry. Brent Cobb has been writing and performing for many years, and is one of the most highly sought after writers in the business. In 2008, Brent moved to Nashville from his hometown of Ellaville, Georgia, two years after the release of his debut album. Cobb has written many songs released by numerous country music stars like Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, and Kenny Chesney. His most recent album, “And Now, Let’s Turn the Page”, is a gospel album that adds the Brent Cobb twist to traditional gospel music that was once considered the roots of traditional country music. Opening for country music stars like Blackberry Smoke, Sara Evans, and Blake Shelton, Cobb’s roots style country music appeals to audiences of all kinds. Infused with Bluegrass nods, Cobb takes us back to a time when country music had a story to tell.
Smooth harmonies, southern lyrics, and hints of southern rock is what you will hear when you listen to Muscadine Bloodline. The duo of Gary Stanton and Charlie Muncaster formed the band Muscadine Bloodline in 2016, and ever since, they have been making noise in the country music industry . Coming from Mobile, Alabama, Gary and Charlie didn’t actually meet until they moved to Nashville. After performing together the first time, the rest is history. Having opened for acts like country music star Kip Moore, Whiskey Meyers, and Koe Wetzel, the boys of Muscadine Bloodline have been delivering high energy shows all over the country. Their newest album,“Teenage Dixie,” offers a mix of upbeat country anthems and sad love songs.
If you are into outlaw country music, you need to check out this Kentucky boy. Dillon Carmichael moved to Nashville from Burgin, Kentucky, after graduating high school. In 2018, Carmichael released his debut album titled, “Hell on an Angel.” In 2021, he released his second album,”Son of A,” which included the songs “Hot Beer” and “Sawin Logs”. With his high energy songs and baritone voice, you can easily hear his influences of Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings. Opening for country music stars like Brooks and Dunn, Brothers Osborne and Cody Johnson, it’s no wonder “Rolling Stone” called him “country music’s most convincing young star since Stapleton.”
Raised on traditional country music in Claxton, Georgia, it’s easy to hear the influences of Trea Landon in his music. Drawing from influences of country music stars like George Strait and Randy Travis, Trea has incorporated this traditional sound with an updated country feel. At the age of 21, Trea moved to Nashville to pursue his music career. Breaking out his writing chops, he has co-written songs for artists like Chris Young and Rob Hatch. In 2017, Trea released his first EP. In 2019, Trea signed with Warner Music and released his popular song, “Loved by a Country Boy.” Trea has been found opening for acts like Luke Combs and Craig Campbell. If you enjoy the traditional country sound with an updated feel, you should check out Trea Landon.
Let’s face it, sometimes the best kept secrets need to be shared with everyone, and these country music stars are a great example of that. Whether you are driving down a country road with your windows down, or sitting at home on a rainy day, these artists have a song that will fit that mood. Without a doubt, these country music stars are deserving of way more attention than they get. So give them a listen, you won’t regret it.