10 New Country Artists You Need to Know: December 2017

From a Dwight Yoakam protégé to an Australian singer-songwriter proficient in outlaw twang-rock

Kasey Tyndall

Kasey Tyndall

Sounds Like: Hopped-up modern country for a Saturday night, with enough arena-friendly flourishes to satisfy fans of both hard rock and Nashville pop

For Fans of: Shania Twain, Miranda Lambert, denim and leather

Why You Should Pay Attention: Now 22 years old, Tyndall was still a teenager in nursing school at East Carolina University when she won a radio station contest to duet with Keith Urban at one of his concerts. She made enough of an impression to start the ball rolling, eventually scoring management and publishing deals and moving to Nashville. Luke Bryan/Jake Owen co-writer Tommy Cecil produced her full-length debut album Between Salvation and Survival, which is already making an impression with the first single "Bar That's Open" ­– the song's racked up a quarter-million Spotify streams. Tyndall has been promoting the album on tours opening for everybody from Granger Smith to Christian-metal band Stryper and will be on the road for the foreseeable future.

She Says: "I always loved to sing but music felt like a dream that was out of reach. So I was working three jobs, going to nursing school, playing a little music here and there – until the Keith Urban opportunity, which suddenly made music realistic. That show was kind of an out-of-body experience. When they called my name and I stepped out, it was all a blur. I was so scared. But that was it. After that, I had to do it."

Hear for Yourself: Tyndall channels Toby Keith on the watering-hole love letter "Bar That's Open," a rhythmic, guitar-forward drinking anthem. D.M.