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10 More Country Artists You Need to Listen To

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Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 3:45 AM
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Apparently there are a lot of real country fans out there. So many, in fact, that we decided to do another list of ten contemporary artists with that timeless country sound. It’s not all Jason Aldean and songs that sound like Nickelback with an overproduced lap steel solo. For those who like serious, old-school country, here are ten more artists you should be listening to. 

click to enlarge The Boomswagglers - COURTESY OF THE BOOMSWAGGLERS
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10. The Boomswagglers

Rather than honky tonk and outlaw, The Boomswagglers look back to an earlier time in country music; a time of tent revivals, washboards and the Carter Family. From the production to the songwriting, this is how country sounded when your grandfather’s grandfather was listening to it.

click to enlarge Pee Wee Moore - HEATHER SCHEER
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9. Pee Wee Moore

Not only does Pee Wee Moore make some seriously traditional honky tonk reminiscent of Ernest Tubb, he also just so happens to tour the country on a motorcycle. That’s how the modern day cowboy does it.

click to enlarge The Whiskey Sisters - KRISTY WALLACE
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8. The Whiskey Sisters

The Whiskey Sisters have a definite pop and rock sensibility about them, but it’s hard to call them anything but country when you get down to it. This Austin-based six-piece knows how to rock a harmony and write a track that’ll be stuck in your head all week.

click to enlarge Jason Boland and the Stragglers - COURTESY OF THIRTY TIGERS RECORDS
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  • Jason Boland and the Stragglers
7. Jason Boland and the Stragglers

Warm and sparse, Jason Boland is reminiscent of George Strait or Randy Travis. Mournful and melancholy, but not quite sad, it's quiet country for rainy afternoons when your woman is gone and your truck won’t start. Sip some whiskey and pine for a better time.

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