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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

A Dwight Yoakam cowpunk protégé with a Morrissey voice; an Australian singer who mixes outlaw attitude with Americana soul; and a hard rock-country badass with the best song about a watering hole since Toby Keith’s “I Love This Bar” make up this month’s 10 new country and Americana artists you need to hear right now.

Country Artist to know for December 2017

Chris Douglas

Scooter Brown Band

Sounds Like: Red-blooded country-rock, fronted by a Marine and influenced by Lynyrd Skynyrd’s guitar-heavy tributes to Dixieland

For Fans of: Whiskey Myers, the Cadillac Three, Hank Williams Jr.

Why You Should Pay Attention: Scooter Brown Band follow in the footsteps of Bocephus, delivering unapologetic blasts of Southern rock and ideology. Namesake Scott Brown was still an active-duty Marine when he began writing music, and American Son – his band’s debut, shot through with overdriven slide guitar, barroom piano and plenty of Seventies nostalgia – finds him singing about the things he believes are worth fighting for. The music’s patriotic punch has already made a champion out of Charlie Daniels, who tapped the group as an opening act and made a cameo appearance on American Son‘s title track.

They Say: “We’ve built a following the old-school way: by getting in front of as many people as we can,” says Brown. “For me, playing a live show is the best thing in the world. There’s not a lot of time to take a breath up there. Whether it’s 30 minutes or 90 minutes, it’s balls to the wall. The country crowd digs us, and the rock crowd digs us, too. We’re kind of the best of both worlds.”

Hear for Yourself: On the gruff salute to the Stars and Stripes “American Son,” Brown finds a kindred spirit in the hyper-political Daniels. R.C.

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