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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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Morgan Wade’s Brand New Song “Run” Out Now

Morgan Wade’s brand new song “Run” is out now, January 5th on all streaming platforms. Learn more about the new track below.

After the success of her debut project Reckless, Morgan Wade is following up the record with more new music. The singer-songwriter proves her staying power one incredible song at at time. The songstress first teased her song “Run” last month, and now the track is officially out!

The stunning vocalist pours her heart out on the new song. Backed by a simplistic instrumental, Wade’s voice and lyrics are the true showstoppers. “Run” is pure poetry. The song depicts the good and bad in a relationship, sharing how the yearning is not always easy to stop.

Morgan Wade's new song "Run" is out now, January 5th, on all streaming platforms.

Morgan Wade’s new song “Run” is out now, January 5th, on all streaming platforms.

“Can we fly somewhere foreign // Get me high, mess me up until the morning // ‘Cause all I see in every street // Is where he made me numb // There’s gotta be somewhere // Somewhere we can run, we can run // So many places that I ain’t been // All I know is I was living my life for him // We could fly, we could leave this town // Bury these memories that been holding us down”

The country-rock song proves that it is impossible to box Wade’s talent in. “Run” is just another example of her one-of-a-kind flair. It hopefully means that album number two is coming sooner than we think!

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

To keep up with Morgan Wade, follow her on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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

BREAKING: Ashley McBryde Plots 2021-22 ‘This Town Talks’ Tour

Ashley McBryde has officially announced 2021-22 tour dates for ‘The This Town Talks’ Tour. Check out the full list of dates below.

Joining Ashley McBryde on tour will be Morgan Wade, Priscilla Block, and Ray Fulcher.

The show hits New York City on August 17th at Irving Plaza.

For all other tour dates, tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, 5/21 at 10AM ET at AshleyMcBryde.com.

Join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about future Ashley McBryde shows and releases.

Check out the dates below for the full list of shows…

This Town Talks Tour
*Morgan Wade as support | ^Adam Hambrick as support | +Priscilla Block as support |
~Ray Fulcher as support | #Support to be announced

June 12, 2021              Dr. Pepper Park at the Bridges                       Roanoke, Va.*
July 16, 2021              Gold Nugget Grand Event Center                  Lake Charles, La.
July 17, 2021              Floore’s Country Store                                   Helotes, Texas#
July 18, 2021              Nutty Brown Café & Amphitheatre               Austin, Texas#
July 28, 2021              Bourbon Theatre                                             Lincoln, Neb.^
Aug. 5, 2021               Cain’s Ballroom                                             Tulsa, Okla.*
Aug. 6, 2021               Orpheum Theatre                                            Memphis, Tenn.*
Aug. 7, 2021               Robinson Performance Hall                           Little Rock, Ark.*
Aug. 17, 2021             Irving Plaza                                                     New York, N.Y.+
Aug. 19, 2021             Theatre of Living Arts                                    Philadelphia, Pa.+
Aug. 20, 2021             House of Blues                                               Boston, Mass.+
Aug. 21, 2021             The Fillmore Silver Spring                             Silver Spring, Md.+
Aug. 26, 2021             Ryman Auditorium                                         Nashville, Tenn.
Aug. 27, 2021             Ryman Auditorium                                         Nashville, Tenn.
Sept. 2, 2021               The Pageant                                                    St. Louis, Mo.+
Sept. 3, 2021               Bogart’s                                                          Cincinnati, Ohio+
Sept. 16, 2021             The Sylvee                                                      Madison, Wis.^
Sept. 22, 2021             The Wilma                                                      Missoula, Mont.~
Sept. 23, 2021             Martin Woldson Theatre at the Fox                Spokane, Wash.~
Sept. 25, 2021             Showbox                                                         Seattle, Wash.~
Sept. 26, 2021             Roseland Theater                                            Portland, Ore.~
Sept. 29, 2021             Ace of Spades                                                 Sacramento, Calif.~
Oct. 3, 2021                House of Blues                                               San Diego, Calif.+
Oct. 5, 2021                The Wiltern                                                     Los Angeles, Calif.+
Oct. 13, 2021              Ogden Theatre                                                Denver, Colo.~
Nov. 12, 2021             The Eastern                                                     Atlanta, Ga.+
Nov. 13, 2021             Tivoli Theatre                                                 Chattanooga, Tenn.+
Nov. 14, 2021             The Fillmore Charlotte                                   Charlotte, N.C.+
Dec. 8, 2021                Riviera Theater                                              Chicago, Ill.+
Dec. 11, 2021  `           Mississippi Moon Bar                                    Dubuque, Iowa+
Dec. 12, 2021              Egyptian Room at Old National Centre         Indianapolis, Ind.+
Jan. 6, 2022                 Brown Theatre                                                Louisville, Ky.+
Jan. 7, 2022                 Roxian Theatre                                               Pittsburgh, Pa.+
Jan. 8, 2022                 The National                                                   Richmond, Va.+
Jan. 13, 2022               20 Monroe Live                                              Grand Rapids, Mich.*
Jan. 14, 2022               The Fillmore                                                   Detroit, Mich.*
Jan. 15, 2022               Agora Theater                                                 Cleveland, Ohio#