Sounds Like: Lady Antebellum's smooth pop-country topped with John Mayer's raspy vocal style and a dollop of a drawl
For Fans of: Lady A, Mayer, Keith Urban's guitar playing
Why You Should Pay Attention: Because venerable producers Keith Stegall (Alan Jackson, Zac Brown Band) and Paul Worley (Dixie Chicks, Lady A), and songwriter Josh Osborne (Sam Hunt, Keith Urban) have taken an interest in the Birmingham, Alabama singer-guitarist — and they know their stuff. Plus, he's currently on the road with two of country's best barometers of cool: Jennifer Nettles and Brandy Clark.
He Says: "I have absolutely ripped apart everything Keith Urban has done. The second I started playing it just blew my mind, I was passionately in love," says Kinder of his guitar hero. That love affair — and a tornado that reminded him that life is short — brought him to Nashville where he is now signed to Warner Music Nashville, who will release his debut album in 2016.
Hear for Yourself: "Tonight" has a catchy "oh-oh oh-oh-oh" chorus and breezy groove, with a keening vocal from Kinder. Sarah Rodman