The emphasis is on "new" in The Boot's list of 10 New Country Artists to Watch in 2017. Some of the artists on this list have record contracts; some don't. Some have released an album; others have only shared an EP or a single. But that's no matter -- our staff still feels that they're bound to make waves this year.

Something all 10 of these artists do have is talent. Some, by comparison, are a bit more established than others, but they're all making a lot of (good) noise.

Flip through the photo gallery above to learn more about the artists you should be watching (and listening to) in 2017.

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