|Josh Thompson - by Jessica Bray|
Nothing is as lonesome as the whippoorwill, a train in the distance, and a male country singer playing a sorrowful tune. Earlier we featured the women of country music to look for in 2010. There are several men who might perhaps fill the shoes of their predecessors in the field of country music. Here are my top picks for those to look out for in 2010.
This Wisconsin native has been heating up the charts with his latest hit, "Beer on the Table." That song has become the working man's anthem of 2009 and leading into 2010. For the youngings, there is "Milk on the Table" reindition that also has a cute video. Thompson brings a party to the stage with his songs, including "Blame It On Waylon," which fits perfectly to his style. He has had the opportunity to fill in the opener spot on tours for Dierks Bentley and Jamey Johnson to name a few. His 4 Song EP was released via Itunes and with the success of that, his new album will be released on February 23rd.
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There is a whole nother world in the land of Texas when it comes to music. Sometimes folks outside of the Texas borders don't know about the great musicians down in the heart where George Strait hangs his hat. Wade Bowen has made quite a scene over the years and has been emerging as one of the great talents coming from the state. In fact, he has recently played on the Grand Ole Opry. Any good honkytonk needs to crank up some Wade Bowen with rustic vocals that has more grit than the dirt roads rolling through the land. It is hard to believe that his first album was from 2002 and has several other albums, including his "If We Ever Make It Home" from 2008 that have been unnoticed from those who listen to the Nashville scene. His latest song & video for "Trouble" is out now. Be on the lookout for his "Live at Billy Bob's".
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Who knew that a song as simple as a little black dress would stir up the charts? Chris Young's "Getting You Home (The Black Dress Song) helped his career raise to the top after years of trying to get on the charts. Country music fans might remember seeing and hearing Chris when he performed on Nashville Star a few years back and won. His first album from that series was rushed out the door and provided fans an "instant coffee" product. Some things take time to cultivate, and music is one of them. Young went back in the studio and took his time to write and craft some music for his latest release. His vocals remind you of a young Keith Whitley and his songs remind you of Conway Twitty. Coming off of a hit song, 2010 is looking up for Chris Young. His latest hit, “The Man I Want to Be" is climbing up the single and video charts.
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Perhaps you might know the name just yet, but you might know of a couple of fellers by the name of Garth Brooks and Chris Ledoux. Thinking back, do you remember Garth Brook's hit song "Good Ride Cowboy," in memory of Chris Ledoux? That song was written by none other than Jerrod Niemann. The Kansas native has made quite a splash into the country music scene for his songwriting. Not only has he written for Garth, but he has cowritten with Randy Houser, Dallas Davidson, and Jamey Johnson on several tunes. He just recently signed to Sea Gayle Music, Brad Paisley's record company. His new song, "One More Drinking Song," is ode to the bartenders and the party crowd to sit back and have a good time. Kentucky fans were fortunate to see him perform several times, opening for Jamey Johnson at Renfro Valley, as well as perform with Lee Brice, Jon Stone, and Lance Miller at the Tin Roof - Lexington. With his charming looks and country vocals, Niemann is one to be on the lookout for.