10 New Country Artists You Need to Know: Summer 2015
Mark Davis/Beth Gwinn/Getty Images

A Los Angeles cowboy influenced as much by mariachi as Merle, a New Orleans band whose primary mission is to make fans dance and a bohemian vocalist with a crooked halo and pop lilt make up this warm-weather season's list. It's such diversity that helps define both the country and Americana genres, affording fans a listening opportunity unlike any other. With that in mind, here are the 10 acts you have to hear right now.