10 New Country Artists You Need to Know: May 2016

From an unapologetic cowboy singer to a dazzling chanteuse-wordsmith

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Post Monroe

Sounds Like: Brightly colored roots-country with three-part harmonies and a heart of gold

For Fans of: Pistol Annies, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town

Why You Should Pay Attention: Post Monroe is a trio made up of sisters-from-different-misters Whitney Duncan, Ashley Hewitt and Shelby McLeod, and while you might recognize Duncan and Hewitt from past solo careers, this new project is very much a group effort. Produced by Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood (no stranger in the art of blended voices), gorgeous three-part harmonies are the foundation of a sound that feels planted in rich, down-home soil, but polished enough for pop-country fans. On May 13th, they'll release their debut EP, which isn't shy about cautioning men to not half-ass love.

They Say: "I think we're all so positive," Duncan says about their optimistic musical outlook. "We are," Hewitt adds. "We don't wanna write depressing songs, and we don't want everything to be putting down dudes all the time." Sums up Duncan: "Shoot, even when we try to write a depressing song it ends up being positive. We give a warning with a smile.

Hear for Yourself: The harmony-heavy "Red Hot American Summer" officially introduces the trio to country radio as banjo-loving, good-time-toting artists. Chris Parton

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