These 10 songs, picked from mainstream giants and unsigned indie acts, are tracks you don't want to miss.
This year has already supplied an incredible amount of great releases from artists both on the edge of country and in the middle of the mainstream. Check out these 10 songs you shouldn't have missed in February that are destined to become your new favorites.
10. Dan + Shay, "Nothin' Like You"
With one of their most obviously pop-influenced releases so far, Dan + Shay release another sweet love song that sounds like a teenage girl's dream. With a loyal and powerful fan base, don't be surprised to see this one climb up the charts in the next few weeks.
9. Ashley Monroe, "On To Something Good"
This breezy and fun anthem to moving forward from Ashley Monroe is both relatable and easily palatable for country fans. Although Monroe is a familiar voice in the country music circuit, her songs have had difficulty climbing the radio charts. "On To Something Good" may be the song to break the pattern and leave a mark on the airwaves.
8. Cam, "My Mistake"
This upbeat tune by newcomer Cam tells the tale of encountering that guy in a bar that you know will be trouble, but choosing to take the plunge for the night anyway. It's catchy hook, driving beat and infectious quality makes it destined to gain a lot of airplay in the coming weeks and months.
7. Aaron Watson, "The Underdog"
With a huge following in his home state of Texas, Aaron Watson just independently released his twelfth album, which hit number one on the Billboard Country Albums chart. Although national country radio still hasn't quite picked up on Watson's big appeal, "The Underdog" is a touching tune that you don't want to ignore.
6. Lord Huron, "Fool For Love"
Lord Huron have already gained a powerful indie fan base from the release of their first album, Lonesome Dreams, but the band's new release gives them a chance to attract more crossover fans. "Fool For Love" is dreamy and guitar-ridden, but still keeps the lovable twang and retro feel that makes their sound so distinct.
5. Striking Matches, "Nothing But The Silence"
This talented duo is prepping the release of their much-anticipated debut album this year after gaining exposure from having multiple songs featured on ABC's television drama Nashville. "Nothing But The Silence" showcases the pair's haunting harmonies and songwriting skills that are sure to only get better with time.
4. Kip Moore, "I'm To Blame"
Success is no stranger to Kip Moore, who's rough and tumble, down-home approach to country music has earned him acclaim and a number one hit with 2012's "Beer Money." The short-but-sweet single "I'm To Blame" is a declarative stomp that's sure to be another big hit and a great introduction for the singer's new album to be released later this year.
3. The Lone Bellow, "Cold As It Is"
Brooklyn-based trio The Lone Bellow artfully tiptoe the line of country, americana and indie rock with their unique and powerful sound. Their latest single, "Cold As It Is," is a punchy vow of dedication that quickly sticks in your brain and doesn't soon leave.
2. Andrew Combs, "Nothing To Lose"
Self-described as a "country-soul singer," Andrew Combs' silky and heartfelt sound is beautifully featured on his new single, "Nothing To Lose." The singer-songwriter's second album, All These Dreams, will be released on March 3rd and is already gaining a lot of buzz.
1. Old Dominion, "Break Up With Him"
It's no surprise that Old Dominion just signed a major record deal with RCA Nashville after years of hard work and countless shows in the Nashville scene. Their latest release, the bold and sing-along worthy "Break Up With Him," has already gained a lot of industry buzz and airplay. With their new record deal and exposure as openers on select dates of Kenny Chesney's "Big Revival Tour," they are poised to head to the top of the charts.