By Dorian Valenzuela

It is incredible how fast time flies, and this year, things are expected to be AMAZING for country music.

Every year, we try to put out a list of the artists to watch for and last year (2016) was particularly generous to the likes of Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, and Granger Smith. We are sure that 2017 will not be the exception and this is why we have decided to make a list of the new artists that are looking to follow their footsteps.

Here are the Top 5 Country Artists To Watch In 2017:

5. Carly Pearce
You may recognize her amazing voice from the song ‘Wasn’t That Drunk’ with the Josh Abbott Band or perhaps you may have seen her on tour with Kelsea Ballerini earlier this year. One thing is certain, Carly Pearce is already making waves in country music and she will be a part of the CMT Next Women of Country tour in 2017! Make sure you keep and eye out for this talented Kentucky girl.

4. Drake White
You may have already heard his first single ‘Livin’ The Dream’ or seen him take the stage at our Bull Bash 2016 at the Pasadena Rodeo, but IF you haven’t, 2017 will most likely change that! The Alabama native, Drake White, has a unique sound that will get you singing along! Keep an eye out for him.

3. Cody Johnson
Just like Granger Smith, in the state of Texas, Cody Johnson is far from being considered a ‘New Artist’, however in late 2016 with the release of his latest album ‘Gotta Be Me’, the Huntsville native is winning hearts all over America. Look for Cody to make name for himself far beyond the Texas borders in 2017.

2. Brett Young

The Orange County, California native, Brett Young is ending the year at the top of the country radio charts with his single ‘Sleep Without You’ and his following is growing each and every day! He was at our Ten Man Jam show on December 5th, and I can definitely say that he will be a name you are going to remember for years to come. His sound is unique and 2017 looks more promising than ever for this rising star!

1. Luke Combs
This talented artist from North Carolina made his move to Nashville in 2014 in hopes of chasing his musical dreams, and without a doubt, his efforts are slowly paying off and the country community loves it. His single ‘Hurricane’ debuted in the TOP 10 country songs on iTunes and he has had the opportunity to tour with the likes of Old Dominion, Eli Young Band, and Travis Tritt. Luke Combs seems to be the real deal and a  guy you may want to keep an eye out for.

Honorable Mention: Chris Lane

Chris Lane had one incredible 2016 with his first hit single ‘Fix’, not only that, but he has gotten to tour with the likes of Dustin Lynch and Florida Georgia Line. You got a chance to see him at our Bull BBQ Shack at the Houston Rodeo and I am sure that that was only a small taste of what is to come for this talented young man.

Is there anyone that you would add to this list? Let me know in the links below!

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