10 New Country Artists You Need to Know: September 2017

From a country-folk prodigy with an affinity for Appalachia to a soulful, smooth operator from Louisiana

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Sounds Like: If Chris Stapleton's husky vocals had a love child with Khalid's croon

For Fans of: Stapleton, Elvis Presley, B.B. King, R&B-infused country

Why You Should Pay Attention: Mississippi native Camino can't quite be confined to just "country." From playing guitar in the hardcore scene on the Warped Tour at 16 to recording a track with B.o.B., the charismatic 23-year-old singer-songwriter co-signed by T-Pain and Akon has a melting pot of influences embedded in his signature sound. Camino left Mississippi for Atlanta, where he was homeless, struggling to make it in the music industry. Eventually, he found a mentor in Marcus Rippy and learned from producers DJ Spinz and Polow da Don before he defined his own soulful country roots. His affinity for the past and present finds him deep-diving into Elvis' blues and tapping into Adele's soaring vocals. The rising star released his fiery first single "Riot" in July, which has garnered more than 150,000 Spotify streams. He's currently self-producing his 10-track debut album on Columbia Records.

He Says: "Akon came into my studio session one day the first time I ever met him and he stopped my music when it was playing and said, 'You're my idol,' and I looked at him and I said, 'No, you're my idol,'" says Camino. "We had a big idol conversation for 10 minutes. Then we ended up becoming good friends and making music together. When other greats recognize greats, it's a beautiful thing. There was a lot of energy and a lot of power in that room. He's truly one-of-a-kind. There's nobody that makes music like Camino: there's nobody like Camino in this world. God did a pretty damn good job when he made me. That's a real statement."

Hear for Yourself: On "Riot," Camino intersperses sharp R&B verses with rousing Southern rock choruses, crafting a hip-hop and country rallying cry unlike anything you've ever heard. I.K.

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