10 Country Artists You Should Be Listening To

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Caitlin Rose
This blog recently ran down the "10 Biggest Douchebags in Country Music." That's all well and good, but it only tells half the story -- country is far from a moribund, cheesed-out genre.

In fact, there are countless up-and-coming country craftsmen and women who are worthy of your attention. So if you're wearing out your lone Johnny Cash record, you're doing it wrong. Here are 10 of 2014's top outlaws.

See also: The 10 Biggest Douchebags in Country Music

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Eric Church
10. Eric Church
Country radio isn't totally useless... just mostly useless. The man giving it one toe in the pond of relevancy is Eric Church. If you updated Hank Williams Jr.'s southern rock flirtations for the 21st century (with a detour through latter-day Metallica), you have Church, who's able to command street-level respect while winning industry awards.

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Daniel Romano
9. Daniel Romano
The Nudie suit went out sometime around 1975, but no one told Daniel Romano. And hey, we're glad to see it come back, along with Romano's timeless and classic country sound. His lazy, rambling style is reminiscent of George Jones or Conway Twitty. Lots of bawlers in here, kids, so bring a tissue.

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Caitlin Rose
8. Caitlin Rose
The comparisons to Loretta Lynn are almost too easy. She also might be Graham Parsons reborn as a woman. Caitlin Rose's songs are the perfect heartache music to give your young cousin currently obsessed with Taylor Swift if you want to turn her on to something, y'know, good.

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Don "Doop" Duprie
7. Doop and the Inside Outlaws
Everyone loves a good singer-songwriter, and when he's got a killer band behind him, that's just the icing on the cake. The brainchild of Detroit-based, laid-off firefighter Don Duprie, Doop has all the murder ballads and anthems to self-loathing you've come to expect from the greats.


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WhiteLightnin
WhiteLightnin

With a list this tepid, you didn't have much credibility in this area to start with, but when you spell Gram Parsons "Graham," you've pretty much alerted us that you're hardly in-the-know. I can name five TX bands that can chew Whitey Morgan's arm off at the shoulder. Ditto Romano.  Shovels and Rope are an abomination. Did you throw Church on there just so commenters would go ballistic? I guess not, you probably actually like that pandering tool. Stick to something you know next time maybe.

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John Furman
John Furman

Many new artists in Country that are moving beyond traditional boundaries.

Benton Hokkanen
Benton Hokkanen

Better than the last one about country.... they forgot about Hank 111 and the old 97's and quite a few more but a decent list.

Jeff Hodak
Jeff Hodak

haha - bitter. I'm going to make a list of anti bro-EDM music.

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