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Country Swag Reveals 2022 Artists to Watch

Introducing our 2022 Country Artists to Watch!

Over the past 6+ years of Country Swag, we have always loved to support rising artists and introduce our followers to the best new music in the genre. Since our first Artists to Watch list back in 2017, we have pinned rising stars like Luke Combs, Brett Young, Russell Dickerson, Walker Hayes, HARDY, Gabby Barrett, and more. Each year we choose ten new artists that we believe are destined for killer careers, our only rule when choosing is the artist can NOT already have a number one song.

Check out our picks in 20172018, 2019, 2o2o and 2021, before checking out the 10 artists we picked to have a huge 2022 below.

CONNER SMITH 

Listen: “I Hate Alabama”
Stay Connected: @ConnerSmithMusic

When we think 2022, we think CONNER SMITH. We were first introduced to this talented singer-songwriter in early 2021 when he joined us in New York City to film an acoustic session and interview. As Smith performed for our crew, it was obvious that everyone in the room could feel the magic from this talented artist. Just a few weeks later, after an overwhelming fan response to an unreleased song “I Hate Alabama” prompted Smith to officially release the track, the artist found himself in headlines everywhere. Barely 24 hours after it’s official drop, the Alabama Crimson Tide football team notoriously lost their game after a 19-week winning streak. Coincidence?

Conner Smith is destined to be a name stay in country music. His debut EP Didn’t Go Too Far is due out January 14th and fans can catch him on the road in early 2022 with Ryan Hurd.

 

ALANA SPRINGSTEEN 

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Listen: “Zero Trucks”
Stay Connected: @AlanaSpringsteen

We first became familiar with Alana Springsteen with the release of “Think About You”, a relatable and catchy song put out to country radio with Curb Records’ artist, Filmore back in 2020. Continuing to impress with each new release, the 21-year-old officially dropped her studio debut EP, History of Breaking Up (Part 1) in September 2021. The project truly showcases her beautiful vocals and honest and raw songwriting. Paired with an infectious stage presence, Springsteen was an easy contender for our 2022 watch list.

 

DREW GREEN 

Listen: “She Got That”
Stay Connected: @DrewGreen

Drew Green is a standout artist as the Tennessee native continues to blend genre lines making a one-of-a-kind sound uniquely his own. With hints of country, trap, and rap in his music, paired with his honest approach to songwriting and compelling storytelling, there is a song for everyone in this newcomer’s catalog. Check out his latest project, Dirt Boy Vol. 2 here.

 

BRELAND 

Listen: “Cross Country”
Stay Connected: @Breland

Breland is indisputably an artist to pay attention to and the Jersey native has quite the collection of collaborations that serve as a testament to the music community’s appreciation for his undeniable talent. Songs like “My Truck” ft. Sam Hunt, “Throw It Back” ft. Keith Urban, Nelly’s “High Horse” ft. Breland + Blanco Brown, are just a few standout tracks with Breland’s name attached. However, his highly personal, yet relatable single, “Cross Country” is what helps us get to know the rising star. Cultivating a sound of his own matched with his infectious personality and energetic stage presence makes Breland a must-see act. Catch him on the road in 2022 with Russell Dickerson on the All Yours, All Night Tour.

 

ASHLEY COOKE 

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Listen: “Never Til Now”
Stay Connected: @TheAshleyCooke

After having viral success on TikTok, Ashley Cooke has racked up millions of fans over the last nearly two years. The talented singer-songwriter was not only able to land the attention of new fans on the popular social app, but she was able to keep them. With each new music release she continues to impress with her heartfelt vulnerability in her lyrics and captivating vocals. Get to know Ashley Cooke with her debut EP, Already Drank That Beer – Side A here.

 

WARREN ZEIDERS 

Listen: “Ride The Lightning”
Stay Connected: @WarrenZeiders

Warren Zeiders’ gritty vocals meshed with his own unique blend of country music and southern rock influences sets him apart from the pool of rising acts in the country music world. His lead single, “Ride the Lightning”, penned by himself along with Eric Paslay and Rob Crosby, will stop you in your tracks and have any listener captivated beginning to end. A Warren Zeiders x Morgan Wallen collab is a thought we’d like to put into the universe.

 

MORGAN WADE 

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Listen: “Wilder Days”
Stay Connected: @MorganWadeMusic

Perhaps the most buzzed about artist of 2021, Morgan Wade is a name that will be around for years to come. Breaking out onto the scene with her debut project, Reckless, Wade delivers real, raw, and authentic lyrics in her music. The rising star can be found on the road with Luke Combs in 2022, a coveted spot that is sure to help even further boost her fanbase. Wade continues to stun on her latest release, “Run”, listen here.

 

CHAYCE BECKHAM 

Listen: “23 – Steel Mix”
Stay Connected: @ChayceBeckhamMusic

Chayce Beckham won the hearts of fans everywhere during his run on Season 21 of American Idol. The singer stunned throughout the series, ultimately claiming the winning title. The popular singing competition helped introduce fans to Beckham’s incredible tone and talent. After performing his own deeply personal song “23”, which he independently wrote, Beckham released the track and instantly saw it hit #1 on iTunes charts. Recently, the singer-songwriter teamed up with label-mate, Lindsay Ell for a brand new high-energy song, “Can’t Do Without Me” Listen here.

 

ERIN KINSEY 

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Listen: “Just Drive”
Stay Connected: @ErinKinseyTX

We first met Erin Kinsey this past fall when she joined us in New York City for an acoustic session and interview. Her positive and contagious energy is what got our attention, but her incredible vocal skills matched with her catchy and relatable lyrics are what kept us wanting more. The Texas native certainly has a bright future. Get to know the singer-songwriter in our spotlight interview here.

 

LARRY FLEET 

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Listen: “Different Shade of Red”
Stay Connected: @LarryFleet

Larry Fleet’s debut single “Where I Find God” left us awestruck upon first listen and in high anticipation for a full-length project. Delivering 14 tracks, all in-which he had a hand in writing, on his debut album Stack of Records, Larry Fleet lived up to the hype. A combination of honest lyrics, staggering vocals, and country grit make Larry Fleet an artist to watch. Catch him on the road in 2022 with Morgan Wallen on The Dangerous Tour.

Like what you hear? Give a follow to our 2022 Artists to Watch Playlist here.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about upcoming announcements and releases.

Check out the latest tunes in country music on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

 

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Drew Green: ‘Dirt Boy Vol. 2’- EP Review

Drew Green’s new music makes up the second installment in his series, an EP called Dirt Boy Vol. 2. featuring five clever songs. Take a listen below.

Tennessee native and Sony Music recording artist, Drew Green is back with Dirt Boy Vol. 2, following Dirt Boy Vol. 1, that came out in September of 2020. Vol. 2 contains five tracks, including the previously released “Cold Beer and Copenhagen” and the fun drinking ode “Hooch.”

Green continues to blend genre lines on this new EP, combing country themes with trap beats reminiscent of Colt Ford and early Florida Georgia Line. The opening track “Get Up and Get It” is heavily hip-hop influenced, as Green raps what life is like being a hard-working country boy. It is a tough job, but that coffee can has to get filled somehow.

“Work like a dog, sleep like a log // Saddle up again in the morning // Work like a dog, sleep like a log // Get up and get it again // Woooahh, work ‘til the work day ends // Oooohh, get up and get it again”

“Cold Beer and Copenhagen” is more contemporary country, as the singer admits his struggle with things that are no good for him, which includes Miller Lites, wintergreen dip, and replying to this woman’s 2am texts. His temporary reassurance lives on the phrase “what’s one more gonna hurt? it’s only one more time,” well-aware that he is lying to himself and knows one day, he will need to quit her permanently.

In the title track Green uses clever wordplay to describe the type of person he is, which is a self-proclaimed “dirt boy.” He sings in the chorus, “I’m a dirt boy // wake up and go to work, boy // Raised up in a church, boy // But I’ve been known to cuss and drink // I try to live right, boy // Got your back in a fight, boy // But most of all I’m her boy, and that’s what I’m gonna be ‘til I’m six-feet-deep in the dirt, boy”

Unlike the previous two songs, “Hooch” reverts to the trap beat while mixing in some string picking. Although this track is simply about Green having moonshine in his possession, it is an enjoyable song to throw on your country tailgate playlist.  

“John Deere Blue” is another cleverly-worded track about a man using his tractor to get over a breakup. The only thing that can keep his mind off her is working out in the field.

“This broken heart is breaking ground, if I’m gonna move on I got work to do // Might’ve missed a couple spots but it really don’t matter // I was drunk on a tractor missing you, I’m John Deere blue”

Drew Green is an exciting new artist, bringing his own sound to country music. Fans can hope the Dirt Boy-era is not over and there will be a Vol. 3 in the near future.

Dirt Boy Vol. 2 EP Tracklist:

  1. Get Up and Get It
  2. Cold Beer and Copenhagen
  3. Dirt Boy
  4. Hooch
  5. John Deere Blue

Green has several tour dates remaining in 2021, including a stop in New York City at Webster Hall on December 15th. For tickets, head to his website.

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Drew Green’s EP ‘Dirt Boy Vol. 2’ is out now on all streaming platforms.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news and announcements about future Drew Green releases.

To keep up with Drew Green follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Dirt Boy Vol. 2. is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

Drew Green Releases Wedding Ready Song, “The Rest of Our Lives”

Drew Green’s new song, “The Rest of Our Lives” is available everywhere you buy or stream music now, May 7th. Take a look below as we dig a little deeper into the swoon-worthy new track.

One of Sony Music Nashville’s newest signees, Drew Green is quickly becoming a fan-favorite in the genre. After releasing his debut EP Dirt Boy Vol. 1 back in September, fans got a taste of different sides of the charming and innovative singer-songwriter. Today, Green released a new song called “The Rest of Our Lives,” an epic love song that will have you swooning after just one listen.

One of the most heartfelt songs to be released this year, Green leaves it all on the line in his brand new love song, “The Rest of Our Lives.” The song is definitely a future wedding anthem and for good reason. The poetic track is all about love conquering all and how lucky we are to be with our person for the rest of our lives.

“Here’s to forever // the rest of our lives // to me being yours // and you being mine // counting the pennies, wishing for dimes // Here’s to a love that money can’t buy // Here’s to forgiveness if we have a fight // whatever it is, it’ll be alright // As long as you love me and I love you // Girl here’s to the rest of our lives”

For fans who have not yet discovered Green, this is the song that’s going to make them stop and listen. “The Rest of Our Lives” is as good as any song on the charts right now, feeling reminiscent of artists like Luke Combs and Thomas Rhett. We love this song, and we’re excited to see it take off!

Drew Green's "The Rest of Our Lives" is available now, May 7th

Drew Green’s “The Rest of Our Lives” is available now, May 7th

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about future Drew Green releases.

To keep up with Drew Green, follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

“The Rest of Our Lives” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

Drew Green Releases Brand New Song “Hooch”

Drew Green’s new song, “Hooch” is available now, March 19th, on all streaming platforms. Take a look below as we dig a little deeper into the track.

One of Sony Music Nashville’s newest signees, Drew Green is quickly becoming a fan-favorite in the genre. After releasing his debut EP Dirt Boy Vol. 1 back in September, fans got a taste of different sides of the charming and innovative singer-songwriter. Today, Green released a new song called “Hooch,” which plays to the fun and funky side of his musical ability.

The brand new track is a wild ride, as Green digs his heels into his traditional country roots, yet is delightfully paying homage to his modern vibes at the same time. Similar to his song “Woods,” “Hooch” is a unique combination of the singer-songwriter’s urban and country influences. Green is an artist that creates music that is unique and captivating.

“Everybody I know is calling / The second that the sun hit the county line / Trying to get em some of that good good / They all want to party right”

The fun-loving song is one that will be perfect for all of our summer playlists. The track makes you want to party with friends and groove to the beat. Green is proving with each and every release that he appeals to fans of all different genres. We are excited to see what is coming down the pipeline next for the budding artist.

Drew Green's new song, "Hooch" is available now, March 19th

Drew Green’s new song, “Hooch” is available now, March 19th

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about future Drew Green releases.

To keep up with Drew Green, follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

“Hooch” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

NYCS First Impression: Drew Green ‘Dirt Boy Vol. 1 EP’

Drew Green Dirt Boy EP

Last month we introduced you to Sony Music Nashville’s newest signee, Drew Green in one of our Swag Spotlight features. Today, we present to you some brand new music by the singer-songwriter. He released his debut EP entitled Dirt Boy Vol. 1 and country fans are going to want to take a listen.

Each of the seven tracks are special and stand-out in their own way. The EP can be summed up in a few words: innovative, charming, and honest. Green finds a way to appeal to modern-day country fans, but still utilize guitar riffs, instrumentals, and story-telling lyrics that will appeal to traditional country music lovers.

The opening track “She Got That” is a bop. The song is full of swag and feels reminiscent of labelmate, Adam Doleac’s hit single “Famous.” Green unapologetically expresses his love for a special someone, dropping compliments throughout the verses. This track has radio written all over it.

“She got my heart, my soul, my back / She got my heart, my soul, my back / And whatever she wants/ Whatever she needs / Whatever it is / She’s gonna get it from me.”

The next song, “Woods,” is just as fun and funky. The track is a perfectly blended deliciousness of country-tradition with modern vibes, something Florida Georgia Line has always done well. The song feels familiar, yet unique, which is a combination you do not see very often. We especially love the unexpected banjo section midway through the song. The same vibe continues in the song “Dirty Money” too. On that track, Green relies on that rhythmic sing-talk voice, which adds to the innovation.

Of course, the singer proves his vocal chops with “Little More Be Alright,” a previously released song, and “Fine by Me.” We learned from our interview with Green that the former was inspired by a buddy from back home in a simple conversation about wanting something that you did not necessarily need. The conversation turned into a lyrically driven song and a much needed quiet spot on this project. On the other hand, “Fine by Me” is a killer, vocally-driven track. The song features vocal layers, which only adds to the ambiance and vibe of the alluring track.

“It ain’t nothin’, girl to turn it around, hit a u-turn / ‘Cuz you turn me on right now / Or we can keep driving around, girl / Whatever you want / So fine by me / Fine by me”

Finally, the record ends with the song that showcases Green’s urban influences. “Right Where I Be” is the perfect ending to a cohesive and exciting project. Just like an EP should, Dirty Boy Vol. 1 keeps fans excited for what’s to come for the newcomer.

To keep up with Drew Green follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

NYCS Picks:

  1. “She Got That”
  2. “Little More Be Alright”
  3. “Fine by Me”

Dirt Boy Vol. 1 EP Tracklist:

  1. She Got That
  2. Woods
  3. Little More Be Alright
  4. Fine by Me
  5. Money Don’t Sleep (Interlude)
  6. Dirty Money
  7. Right Where I Be

Dirt Boy Vol. 1 EP is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

 

 

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Who Is Drew Green? The Story Behind His Journey to Country Music

Who is Drew Green? The singer-songwriter joined us to chat about his journey to country music. Get to know the rising star here…

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“You just gotta chase your gut. A dream is a gut feeling.  So I think that’s really why you can’t explain it.”

This week we are featuring a new Sony Music Nashville signee, Drew Green as a Swag Spotlight Artist. Although new to the artist side of things, Green possesses the talent, determination, and the skills needed to make it in this tough industry.

Born and raised on a tree farm in a town called McMinnville in Middle Tennessee, Green reminisces about what it was like riding on a tractor with his father at a young age. “I just listened to my headphones all day long,” he laughs, “I have a pretty eclectic taste in music, but I listened to a lot of country, that’s my roots, a lot of Alan Jackson, a lot of Sammy Kershaw.”

Those early influences kept the budding singer-songwriter on the trajectory towards music. He started singing and writing music in high school and played shows in college while working towards obtaining a finance degree. With no real plan to pursue music, Green was discovered by a man named Steve Smith who just so happened to own one of the biggest bars in Music City, Tootsies World Famous Orchid Lounge. Green took the invitation and ended up playing at the Nashville spot for 6 months,  honing his entertainer side.

Eventually, the singer started to pursue a “normal” life, leaving performing to go work at a bank for two years with his wife by his side; however, music was still in his blood. He continued to write and craft his songwriting ability but knew something was missing. “I realized I had been writing a whole lot and kind of missed playing live, so I called up Tootsies and they remembered me, and they gave me like the best gig ever [that night],” adding, “I played there four nights a week […] and I wrote songs every day.”

With over a thousand songs to his name, Green has really solidified himself as a prolific songwriter in the industry, even landing a publishing deal after Florida Georgia Line cut his song “Colorado.” As fate would have it, there were even bigger plans in store for Green. After a meeting with Brett James, James told Green, “I think you’re ready for a record deal.”

Ultimately the singer signed with Sony Music Nashville, and since then has released two songs under the label, “Little More Be Alright” and “Right Where I Be.” The former was inspired by a buddy from back home in a simple conversation about wanting something that you didn’t necessarily need. During a write the song just kind of fell into place and became the most perfect storytelling song. “I just starting spitting out stuff. A little more would be better of money in the bank […] We kinda wrote all the verses first and then the chorus,” he tells us, “About 4 hours into the write, it hit us about how good that timeline was.”

On the other hand, “Right Where I Be” showcases Green’s more urban influences, such as rap star and producer Dr. Dre. “There’s a lot of stuff that I really, really like that is pretty ahead and that was one of them,” he shared, “I wrote that song and I was obsessed with it the day I wrote it and I knew it was really good.” The song was eventually transformed into his debut music video, which was exactly like Green has pictured.

Although each song showcases a different side of his artistry, it is clear that Green has found his sound and his style within his music. “Songwriting by far helped me more than anything. I wouldn’t have found myself as an artist and what my sound should be if I hadn’t written a 1000 songs before I found it.”

Fans can definitely expect more new music coming from Green before 2020 is up. We are sure whatever he released will be innovative, inspiring, and most importantly, true to him. Make sure to keep Drew Green on your radar because he is primed for much success!

To keep up with Drew Green follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

“Little More Be Alright” and “Right Where I Be” are now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

Drew Green’s Sony Music Nashville Debut “Little More Be Alright”

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Drew Green may be an up and coming country artist releasing his debut major label song, but Nashville is practically home for him. Born and raised in Tennessee, and a Tennessee Tech graduate, he couldn’t be more rooted in his home state.

After his previously released track, “Just Talkin'” which was put forth independently, Warner/Chappell Nashville and Cornman Music offered him a publishing deal that truly began his career. It was Florida Georgia Line’s “Colorado” written by Hunter Phelps, Michael Hardy, and Drew himself that landed him the contract as a songwriter.

Through writing, Green was given the opportunity to polish his lyrical abilities and find his own path as an artist. And it paid off. As a newly-signed artist to Sony Music Nashville, Green has begun his exhibition of singing, solidifying a singer-songwriter label.

“Little More Be Alright” is the first of many anticipated singles released under the partnership, making it his official single debut. With a Florida Georgia Line and Sam Hunt feel, Green showcases a bit of a country rap edge and a deep, raspy tone.  “Little More Be Alright” explores a man that leads a simple life but wouldn’t mind having a little more.

“I’m a simple man, I don’t need a lot / I’m good right here with what I got / but a little more, little more, little more would be alright / and I ain’t trying to say I’m trying to have it all / and I ain’t trying to live up higher on the hog / but a little more, little more, little more would be alright”

As the newest addition to Sony Music Nashville’s roster, Green takes you through a life where a little more money, a little more time off, a little more family, and finally, a little more time with his father would be alright. The country genre continues to evolve and blend sonically however the stories that connect with fans are at the heart of the music and that certainly rings true for this new track.

To keep up with Drew Green, follow him on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.

“Little More Be Alright” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

 

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SHOP THE HERO COLLECTION

The Hero Collection by NYCountry Swag is inspired by the men and women of the Fire, Police, and Military Departments across the country. A portion of sales from each purchase is donated to different foundations that support our heroes. We are dedicated to honoring their service and remembering their sacrifice.

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