10 New Country Artists You Need to Know: February 2017

From a goth-folk chanteuse discovered by Social Distortion's Mike Ness to an acerbic DIY singer-songwriter

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Danny Worsnop
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Danny Worsnop

Sounds Like: Moody, introspective power country delivered by a metal singer with a hangover

For Fans of: Cody Jinks, Aaron Lewis, hard-rockers gone country

Why You Should Pay Attention: As the singer for metal-electronica band Asking Alexandria, the England-born Worsnop has become expert at screaming his tortured lyrics at fans around the globe (he's toured with fellow Nashville transplants Halestorm). On his first-ever solo album, however, the singer-songwriter emphasizes nuance over volume. The Long Road Home is a collection of rootsy alt-country ("I'll Hold On") and brooding Americana ("Prozac") with a dash of bro ("Mexico"), all delivered in Worsnop's raspy, lived-in voice. He's had Number One success on the U.S. hard-rock charts with Asking Alexandria, and the brash, tattooed fast-talker is determined to do likewise in country.

He Says: "When it came to writing this album, I'm not relying on a bunch of guitar solos or overlays of an orchestra, horn section and choir. It's just me and my acoustic guitar right now and I have to tell a story that people really want to listen to. Otherwise, it's dogshit and no one is going to give a fuck."

Hear for Yourself: The album's one outside track "Prozac," written by the Civil Wars' John Paul White, is a dirge-like ballad, lamenting the chemicals one needs to keep going after too much hard living. J.H.

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