10 Country Artists You Should Be Listening To

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Caitlin Rose
This blog recently ran down the "Ten 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 ten of 2014's top outlaws.

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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 Gram 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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16 comments
Michelle Brus
Michelle Brus

I'd suggest Levi Lowrey and Travis Meadows be given some consideration. Proof that quality lyrics with heartfelt meaning are still alive and well.

Jim Reid
Jim Reid

Thank god there was no Kacey Musgraves. I don't care what you had. She is the epitome of the word overrated.

crhanks78
crhanks78

Lost all respect/credibility when you decided to bash on the White Stripes.

Tony Ro
Tony Ro

Hank III should be at the top of this list.

Kyle Brown
Kyle Brown

I agree with Hellbound Glory at least. Where's Jamey Johnson, or Hank III? Or maybe .357 String Band?

Ed Konek
Ed Konek

You forgot Zoe Muth And The Lost High Rollers

Brandi Liebig-Vonderhaar
Brandi Liebig-Vonderhaar

This actually printed in the LA Times a while back, so, technically, this is not truly the RFT's opinion, Matt Cook. I do agree with #1...& they will be in STL on 10/31!

Jason Koenig
Jason Koenig

I feel that Austin Lucas should've been on that list- but apparently I've got some listening to do

Jim Reid
Jim Reid

See I just hate people who bash the mainstream like its cool. It's fine to have an opinion that goes against mainstream. But people who create list like this exist more as an enemy of mainstream then a hero for the unknown.

Matt Cook
Matt Cook

You guys recently ran a top 10 list including the Doors and Heart as terrible bands with one good song. Your opinion on music is hereby null and void.

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