10 New Country Artists You Need to Know: April 2018

From the power-country of Rachel Wammack to the dusty vibes of Kyle Daniel

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Davisson Brothers Band

Sounds Like: The soundtrack to making moonshine; a dancefloor playlist for Jesco White

For Fans of: Justin Moore, Hank Williams Jr., the Southern-rocking side of Kid Rock

Why You Should Pay Attention: Made up of singer-guitarist brothers Chris and Donnie Davisson, bassist Rus Repert and drummer Aaron Regester, the Davisson Brothers Band credit influences as far flung as Dickey Betts, Del McCoury, Garth Brooks and Willie Nelson with shaping their sound, a mix of country and rock with a heavy dose of their native Appalachia. The group became fast friends with Chris Janson, who's had the band open many of his shows, helping them break out of what Chris Davisson calls the "animal circuit: the Eagles, Elks and Moose Lodges." With a new album produced by Keith Stegall on the way, the band is gaining traction with lead single "Po' Boyz," which marries the Davissons' live energy with a dab of country gloss.

They Say: "We take a lot of pride in making music that is true to us, where we come from and our life on the road," says Chris. "We're just country boys who like to have fun with what we do … we're hard-working folks who live a bit of a 'rock & roll lifestyle' writing and performing music for the everyday working folks.

Hear for Yourself: The snaking "Po' Boyz" puts a new spin on country-cred songs, highlighting not some polished version of the rural life, but the grit and toil of growing up in the West Virginia hills. J.H. 

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