It is not that the men of Country have less talent. One of the glitches is that many brilliant men are making their way to Americana, tired of thumping their heads against Music Row walls. You may have probably heard of the artists we spoke about on The Fast-Rising Men of Present-day Country Music Part I. We have another set of male country artists who are making their way into the limelight.
Whitey Morgan and his band The 78’s are the true, modern-day addition of country music’s true outlaw country movement. It does not get a more hard country and honky-tonk than this. Whitey Morgan is country music’s “new Outlaw” for the longest time. Watch this Whitey Morgan and the 78’s promotional video from the 2010 Bloodshot Records release.
A former Turnpike Troubadour himself, and a former member of the Mike McClure band, John Fullbright became a stern force in the music world when he released his critically much-admired From The Ground Up album. This album earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Americana Album. However, with the asset of his songs, John Fullbright could find a home in both country and Americana if he wished. He is only 25 years old, so just imagine how far he could still go.
Leroy Virgil and Hellbound Glory
Leroy and his band Hellbound Glory have played on sold-out big clubs and theater shows and headlined grassroots festivals. In addition, they have opened for Kid Rock on a nationwide arena tour. If you are wondering where our generation’s Keith Whitley or Chris Ledoux is, look no further. Leroy may never play Nashville’s game, but he has country music’s most formidable song list just waiting to be cherry picked and coordinated up with top-tier talent. Time will not run out for Virgil and the Hellbound Glory band to rise and they will probably enjoy it.
Dirty River Boys
If country music was looking for its rough equal of Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, and other acoustic string bands that are on right now, look no further than El Paso, Texas’, Dirty River Boys. The Dirty River Boys have both grit and genuineness within them. In addition, they still can take part in large crowds in heartfelt sing-alongs that tap a sense of companionship that many music fans are looking for these days.
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Dirty River Boys, John Fullbright, Leroy Virgil and Hellbound Glory, Whitey Morgan