10 New Country Artists You Need to Know: March 2018

From the Hank Jr. honky-tonk of Dillon Carmichael to the ethereal Laurel Canyon folk-pop of Savannah Conley

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Vivian Leva
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Vivian Leva

Sounds Like: A neo-traditionalist exploring the middle ground between Appalachian music and Americana

For Fans of: Sarah Jarosz, Mandolin Orange, Gillian Welch

Why You Should Pay Attention: Born in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, Leva grew up attending old-time folk festivals with her parents. "When I was in elementary school and found out that all kids didn't spend their summers going to festivals too, I had no idea what they did with their lives," she admits. Now partway through college, she's pausing her studies to release this year's Time Is Everything, a solo album filled with country waltzes, string-band workouts, honky-tonk shuffles and traditional twang. Recorded in the bluegrass community of Floyd, Virginia, Time Is Everything shines a light on the past without giving up its place in the present.

She Says: "My parents were really into old-time music, but that's not the only thing they raised me on. I grew up listening to everything. It all influences my writing, from country to old-time to some of the newer pop stuff. My goal is to respect tradition while continuing to turn that influence into something new."

Hear for Yourself: Co-written with bandmate Riley Calcagno, Time Is Everything's title track is low-key and lovely, focusing on a relationship that's wound its way to a sad close. R.C.

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