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8 Breakout Country Artists of 2023 -- And Why They're Ones to Keep Watching in 2024

In Music City, there's no such thing as an overnight success.

They say Nashville is a "ten year town"; artists who may appear to have risen to stardom overnight via TikTok or a smash hit, have likely spent a decade or more paying their dues in dive bars. In Music City, there's no such thing as an overnight success. Artists such as Lainey Wilson, Jelly Roll and Zach Bryan, who continued their stratospheric rise in 2023 after years of hard work and determination, are proof of that.

And while it may take years or even decades to reach what's considered to be an artist's "breakthrough moment" each performance, song and album is an important step on the journey.

In 2023, several artists saw their stars rise: Megan Moroney released her stellar album Lucky in May, husband and wife duo The War and Treaty took home the award for Vocal Duo/Group of the Year at the 2023 Americana Music Honors & Awards and Hailey Whitters built upon the success of her hit "Everything She Ain't" and won the Academy of Country Music award for New Female Artist of the Year.

We've rounded up eight of the most exciting breakout country artists of 2023 — all of whom are poised to continue their success in 2024.


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