September 15, 2008
But admit it: you’ve got a favorite kid. There’s a new or emerging artist out there right now who really piques your interest, who brings something just a little extra-special to the table.
If you ask me, the pool of rising country music talent hasn’t been this solid in years. Now, I personally don’t think that most of the artists who fall under that “rising” classification seem to be making great music right out of the gate – see Blake’s excellent Darius Rucker review for a recent example – but the potential present in some of these acts is pretty exciting, no?
And potential is what we’re rewarding here. For my money, no act out there has got more of it (artistically speaking) than Joey & Rory, the husband-and-wife duo who rose to reality-T.V. semi-stardom on CMT’s Can You Duet (which I never watched) before signing with Sugar Hill. They’ve only released one single so far – the frisky “Cheater, Cheater” – but there’s some clear songwriting talent here, plus a unique sound and an endearing back story. And they just seem so darn real. Like the sort of people I might meet standing in line somewhere or sitting on the subway. Seriously, check out their (admittedly cheesy) submission video to Can You Duet and try telling me you’re not sort of in love with them, too:
Now, your turn. Who is your favorite rising country music act, and why? It can be someone completely new or someone who’s sort of making a belated commercial splash (à la James Otto), and don’t be afraid to get all Americana/Texas/fringey/independent on us if you want. If their profile is on the incline, they’re good. And…go!