Artist: The Whiskey Saints

Sounds Like: Ryan Adams, Wilco

Debut Album: 'West' [Buy it on iTunes]

Why We Dig 'Em: Hailing from Los Angeles, the Whiskey Saints strike the perfect balance between heartbreaking country melodies and meat-and-potatoes roots rock. Frontman David Sparrow croons with a full-bodied voice while his bandmates bridge the gap between L.A. alt-rock and Southern twang. Combined with the group's impressive lyrics, the Saints are starting to raise eyebrows in both rock and country circles.