SXSW 2015: 30 Artists You Need to See

Legendary rockers, emerging rappers, underground sensations and more to catch in Austin

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Sam Hunt
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Sam Hunt

Status: Blowing Up

Why You Should Pay Attention: Country's hottest Drake fan is going to spend his summer opening for Lady Antebellum, but he's closing winter with a Wednesday set that will place first-rate Nashville storytelling over a seamless combination of twang, synth and even occasional scratching. The sound will turn heads —maybe even make them nod — and the empathetic lyrics would steal hearts even if they weren't being delivered by a six-foot-four former college quarterback. Last year's Country Albums chart-topping Montevallo was one of our 40 Best Country Albums of 2014.

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