10 New Country Artists You Need to Know: May 2018

From the vocal knockout Tenille Townes to the Garth Brooks-endorsed Randall King

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Lacy Cavalier

Lacy Cavalier

Sounds Like: A formidable new entry into the increasingly growing soul-country contingent, with brassy horns and bold vocals

For Fans of: Lindsay Ell, Kalie Shorr, Jillian Jacqueline

Why You Should Pay Attention: Lacy Cavalier is known around Nashville as one of the Song Suffragettes, a collective of female songwriters dedicated to showcasing female musical talent. She's currently supporting a new single, "Every Time It Rains," which she wrote with Cary Barlowe and Autumn McEntire as a response to some particularly painful rainy-night urges to reconnect with an ex-flame. Though still not old enough to buy a legal drink, Cavalier has already caught the ears of plenty of fans, including Chase Rice, who brought the up-and-comer out on the road in 2017.

She Says: "My favorite story to tell about [Chase Rice] is probably the first conversation we ever had. I was in Austin, Texas for maybe eight hours and it was my first time ever visiting. About an hour before heading to the airport, I went down to Congress Avenue to do some shopping. I was standing in some store when a random number started calling me. Usually I'd let it go to voicemail, but for some reason that day I decided to pick up and I'm extremely glad I did. I heard, 'Hey, this is Chase.' I replied with the expected, 'Chase, who?' I quickly realized what 'Chase' in particular it was that was calling me. I started pacing around the store with the biggest smile on my face. We talked for a second and then he told me he loved my song 'Put You Down' and that he wanted me to open for him on tour."

Hear for Yourself: "Every Time It Rains," with its doo-wop vibe, Motown-inspired horns and punchy guitar, is one of the rare songs that makes heartbreak sound like a pretty good time. B.M.

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