Sounds Like: The rough-hewn rumblings of a 21 year-old Canadian millennial armed with the weathered voice, writing chops and bushy facial hair of his 1970s country favorites
For Fans of: Steve Earle, Dylan LeBlanc, Parker Milsap
Why You Should Pay Attention: Raised in the Saskatchewan prairieland, Wall makes lonely, wind-blown country music that's as lovely and rural-sounding as his hometown. He's already made a dent in the States, too, opening for Lucinda Williams at the Ryman Auditorium and receiving a standing ovation from Steve Earle during a recent appearance at Nashville's Skyville Live. The biggest splash may be yet to come, though, with Wall's full-length debut – a raw, minimalist record, with production by Dave Cobb – due out in mid-2017.
He Says: "I'm living in Kentucky now, and a lot of the people I meet will say, 'Hey man, I didn't even know Canadians listened to country music.' But the reality is, if you're in a rural community, it doesn't matter where you're at. Country music is country music. People in Minnesota love Waylon just as much as people in West Virginia. It's a lifestyle kind of thing. It's universal."
Hear for Yourself: Wall strums, stomps and shudders his way through this live version of "Kate McCannon," a moody murder ballad that'll make an appearance on next year's album. A.L.