With the country music industry divided between Nashville radio country and Texas red dirt country, there are more avenues opening up for country music singers to make a name for themselves. With Nashville country being made to please their bosses at record companies and safe for the radio, and Texas red dirt being made with no creative shackles, more names are appearing, keeping up with music and new artists can be difficult. Even with several new stars, there is a bright future for the newly arrived artists. In my opinion and in no particular order, listed below are the top 5 up-and-coming country artists from both the Nashville and Texas country music scenes.
- Ryan Bingham
Ryan Bingham is a face that might be familiar to those who watch Yellowstone, but what many people do not realize is that he started his career in the music industry before he began acting. His songs span a few genres, but all are subgenres of country music. Given His unique voice, excellent guitar skills, astounding songwriting, and growing popularity as Walker on Yellowstone, Ryan Bingham is one to listen for.
- Chayce Beckham
For those that watch American Idol, you will recognize this name as the most recent winner. Say what you will about people starting their career off by winning a game show, but in the country music scene it worked out well for Carrie Underwood. Chayce Beckham’s voice and vocal is something that sets him apart from others, and many should expect to hear his music on their radios for years to come.
- Kolby Cooper
While some have heard Kolby Cooper already, he is definitely on the rise in country music. Many Say he is no longer up and coming, but I believe his popularity is rising, with no glass ceiling in sight. The 21-year-old singer/songwriter sounds like an early 2000’s country star and is surprisingly young for his level of talent.
- Sam Riggs
Sam Riggs has made music for a while now and is slowly getting the recognition he deserves. Riggs ability to write songs is equal to the best of the best, and once his lyrics are heard, people understand how talented and special he is.
- Whitey Morgan and the 78’s
Whitey Morgan, whose real name is Eric Allen, started his career with his band in Michigan, where his voice stood out as a mix between Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson. The band, the 78’s, puts together an amazing sound and lyrics to match their front man’s voice, making Whitey Morgan and the 78’s something new to music but still classic, which is everything country music can ask for.