Sounds Like: A redneck Don Henley (Janson's favorite singer).
For Fans Of: Eric Church, Jerry Lee Lewis, overcaffeinated harmonica players
Why You Should Pay Attention: Upon moving to Nashville, the Missouri multi-instrumentalist — best known for his mad harmonica skills — slept in his truck in a parking lot just off Lower Broadway, and calls upon such life experiences in his autobiographical songs, especially the raucous "Back in My Drinkin' Days" and the empowering "Hang On." A regular invited performer at the Grand Ole Opry, he has earned his share of standing ovations, thanks to a mesmerizing stage presence that most arena-headlining artists would kill for.
He Says: "I make music. It's an art. So some days serious twang comes out, and other days the so-called 'bro' music happens," says Janson, who has written with Duff McKagan and Izzy Stradlin of Guns N' Roses. "At the end of day it's all music, and I'm proud to be in it."
Hear for Yourself: Janson goes full-on preacher in this magnetic performance of "Hold On" from his home away from home, the Opry. By Joseph Hudak