10 Country Artists You Should Be Listening To

Categories: Country

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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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Somehow, Brandy Clark Is Getting Even Better

Categories: Country

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Look, we called Brandy Clark's 12 Stories the best country music record of 2013, so of course we were lugging expectations with us Friday as we piled into one of those supper-club booths in the Highline Ballroom. 12 Stories lives up to its title so well that it could also rank on any list of its year's best short-form lit-fic: It's full of lives laid bare in just a line or two, stubbed-out folks in what's left of real America fumbling toward escape via prayer, pot, pills, drunken hook ups, and -- in its one triumphal moment -- getting lots of shit done while a drunk spouse sleeps one off.

See also: Even Country Music Is Ready for Marijuana Legalization

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