Can we all agree that 2018 was a fantastic year for country music? The year brought us so many great #1 songs from our favorite artists including Luke Combs, Jason Aldean, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett, Kenny Chesney, Florida Georiga Line, Morgan Wallen. See Tour Dates

2018 also introduced many of us to talented artists like Mitchell Tenpenny, Jimmie Allen, Adam Hambrick, Runaway June, Muscadine Bloodline, Tyler Rich, Carly Pearce, and Cody Johnson, just to name a few.

With catchy hits like “Drunk Me” “Best Shot” “Hide The Wine” and “Buy My Own Drinks,” last year is going to be tough to beat. But adding this batch of up and coming country artists to the airwaves is sure to keep you begging for more music.

We’ve compiled a list of our favorite rising country artists that we think you NEED to be listening to if you aren’t already.

10 Country Artists You Need to Know about in 2019

Mitchell Tenpenny

1 | Mitchell Tenpenny

After the success of his debut single “Drunk Me” earned (reaching #1), this Nashville native really needs no introduction. Incredible vocals and well-crafted lyrics, Mitchell Tenpenny is already showing music fans he isn’t going anywhere any time soon. Catch Mitchell Tenpenny on tour

Current Single: “Alcohol You Later” | Follow Mitchell Tenpenny on Instagram

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2 | Stephen Paul

In 2017, Stephen Paul was the Country Clones’ very first Artist of the Month. Since then, Stephen has put out more music and polished his traditional country sound. His brand new single “Leaving Louisiana,” already has more than 100,000 streams on Spotify alone. Catch Stephen Paul on tour.

Current Single: “Leaving Louisiana” | Follow Stephen Paul on Instagram


3 | Travis Denning

Hailing from Warner Robbins, Georiga, this country rocker is making a splash with his current single, “David Ashley Parker from Powder Springs,” which tells the story of consuming alcohol underage by using the fake ID of a guy named David Ashley Parker. You can almost always find Travis Denning sporting his Bass Pro Shops, and this year you can catch him at many country festivals including Stagecoach, Country Stampede, and Country Fest. Catch Travis Denning on Tour.

Current Single: “David Ashley Parker from Powder Springs”| Follow Travis Denning on Instagram

Runaway June

4 | Runaway June

If you have been following Country Clones for a while, then you know that we are big fans of the country trio, Runaway June. Their single “Buy My Own Drinks” was one of our favorite songs of 2018, across all music genres. Their stellar vocals and rockin live performances (they are hitting the road this year with Carrie Underwood) have us eager to find out what’s in store in 2019 for these incredibly talented ladies. Catch Runaway June on Tour.

Current Single: “Buy My Own Drinks” | Follow Runaway June on Instagram

jon langston

5 | Jon Langston

After putting the football down for good after an injury ended his career prematurely, Jon Langston has dedicated his life to being a country music artist. He has gained a massive following throughout his home state of Georgia and has even captured the attention of Luke Bryan, who recently signed Jon to his brand new record label. Catch Jon Langston on Tour.

Current Single: “When It Comes to Loving You” | Follow Jon Langston on Instagram


6 | Dillon Carmichael

Packing a punch with his baritone voice, 24-year-old Dillon Carmichael showcases a true traditional-country sound. Inspired by legends, Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard, Dillon is committed to delivering authentic country music with relatable lyrics based on real stories. Catch Dillon Carmichael on tour.

Current Single: “Dancing Away With My Heart”| Follow Dillon Carmichael on Instagram

7 | Hardy


After co-writing #1 hits like “Up Down” from Morgan Wallen and Florida Georgia Line, and “Simple” also from FGL, Michael Hardy, (known now as Hardy) has decided to step into the spotlight as a new country artist. He puts the country lifestyle back into his lyrics, with songs like “This Ole Boy”, “4×4”, and his newest single, “Rednecker.” Catch Hardy on tour.

Current Single: “Rednecker” | Follow Hardy on Instagram


8 | Cody Johnson

Although Cody Johnson might just now be picking up steam on national country radio, this vocal powerhouse has been making fantastic country music for many years. In fact, this self-proclaimed Texas cowboy has already had two albums included in Billboard’s Top 10 Country Albums, both of which he released on his own record label. His soulful sound stuns fans during live performances and has even earned him comparisons to country music legends like Garth Brooks. Catch Cody Johnson on Tour.

Current Single: “On My Way to You”| Follow on Cody Johnson Instagram

lainey wilson

9 | Lainey Wilson

A true storyteller, hailing from the small Louisiana farm town of Baskin, this new country artist has some serious soul that perfectly compliments her authentic lyrics and traditional country sound. Her undeniable talent recently earned her a record deal with Broken Bow Music Group/BMG and is currently working on her debut album. Catch Lainey Wilson on Tour.

Current Single: “Workin Overtime” | Follow on Lainey Wilson Instagram

cort carpenter

10 | Cort Carpenter

An independent artist with roots in the Pacific Northwest, Cort Carpenter has a fresh sound that is sure to capture the attention of new country fans. His fun party songs like “Let Me See Your Koozie” and “What Were We Drinking” keep the crowds craving more and if you’re in Nashville, you can likely catch him taking the stage at the honky tonk bars on lower Broward. Cort recently teamed up with veteran country music DJ, Dee Jay Silver, for their latest single, “Safe Zone” – an upbeat tune that is sure to get any crowd dancing.

Current Single: “Safe Zone” | Follow Cort Carpenter on Instagram