When it comes to fans, the struggle is real between hoping your favorite bands will make it big and secretly wanting to keep them all to yourself. These five talented bands and singer songwriters are beginning to stretch their legs outside a fan based that has been dedicated for years. Award nominations, radio play, iTunes charts and music videos may be new for them, but being awesome isn’t.
Check them out… your playlist will thank you.
With several albums under his belt, Dennen’s newly released album “Smoke and Mirrors” is finally getting the attention he may have deserved all along. The folksy, 30-something redhead’s unique sound and stellar songwriting shines in songs like “Ain’t Gonna Lose You” and “Wild Child.”
This blues rock band from… you guessed it, Alabama, have been pounding the pavement for over four years, but have only just begun to catch the ears and eyes of fans with songs like “Hold On ” and “Always Alright.” Lead singer Brittany Howard wails with a Joplin-esque passion so authentic you won’t be able to stop talking about them.
These two good ole boys from Kentucky have intermingled bluegrass, country and rock into a signature style all its own. Sporting their #kinfolkmovement on social media and merchandise, they’ve built a fan base that is more like a family. Their single “Home” aired on CMT and held the number one spot for weeks, while the music video for “Lily” (another song from their “Door Without A Screen ” album) recently received a similar welcome on the CMT Countdown.
The Civil Wars
This coed duo had reached their tipping point with hits like “Poison & Wine” airing on CMT daily, until they called it splits in late 2012. Amidst rumors that they are getting back together, the pair has continued to release prerecorded music and have since been collecting awards like baseball cards. Hopefully, their own civil war will end soon and we’ll see a lot more amazing music from these two.
If Joe Cocker and Van Morrison had a baby… it would be Ray LaMontagne. This bearded crooner hails from the east coast and keeps to himself, but his music has left the country hungry for more. His 2008 album “Gossip In The Grain” found its rhythm among fans with songs like “Let It Be Me” and “Hey Me, Hey Mama.”