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The New Nashville: Clayton Anderson

Clayton Anderson‘s sound may be spawned from the glossy world of modern mainstream country, but he’s one of the most authentic and hard-working artists around.

He began playing guitar at a young age and developed his skills through college, playing local honky-tonks and parties in order to pay his dues and hone his craft.

Shortly after graduating in 2008, Kenny Chesney hand-selected Anderson as the winner of his “Big Star Competition,” which awarded him with three opening slots on his Poets and Pirates tour. This huge accomplishment led Anderson to make the move from his tiny town of Bedford, IN to Nashville with the hopes of bringing his career in country music to the next level.

He released his first album, Torn Jeans and Tailgates in 2011, which performed well on digital outlets and piqued the interest of many established artists. His style of modern country music feels right at home along artists like Jason Aldean and Blake Shelton, both of whom recruited Anderson for opening slots on their tours.

Anderson has wisely used the touring circuit to earn a solid reputation not only in the Music City, but across the country. He’s also used social media to build a close relationship with his fans by sharing personal photos and allowing fans to select cover songs they’d like him to record.

With a solid set of music in his catalog and a lot of still-untapped potential, Clayton Anderson is a definite artist to watch in 2016.

What He Sounds Like: A softer Jason Aldean, mixed with Chase Rice‘s effortless swagger and Luke Bryan‘s twang.

Required Listening: “Right Where I Belong”, an electric guitar-driven ode to the living the simple life in your hometown.

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The New Nashville: Clayton Anderson