Top 10 Country Artists Who Aren’t Superstars … But Should Be
Peruse your local record store (if you still have one) and in between countless copies of country's top-selling discs, you'll find the CDs by artists who have been forgotten -- or worse, never quite discovered at all. Success in the music business is a proverbial crap-shoot, and some never catch the break they so richly deserve. With that in mind, The Boot counts down 10 of our favorite unsung acts of the past few years.
10. Sarah Buxton
Standout Song: 'Space'
Taste of Success: She wrote 'Stupid Boy,' a Grammy-winning Top 5 hit for Keith Urban.
What You're Missing: A voice that's as graceful as it is gritty and songs that'll reach right inside and tear out your heart. She's also one of the sweetest, cutest, funniest women you'll ever meet.
Standout Song: 'When It Rains'
Taste of Success: 'Always the Love Songs' peaked at No. 11 on the country chart.
What You're Missing: On record they're catchy as all get-out, but it's the group's electrifying live show that will absolutely blow you away.
Standout Song: 'Sometimes It Takes Balls to Be a Woman'
Taste of Success: Rolling Stone called her "country's 21st century answer to Roger Miller."
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7. Jedd Hughes
Standout Song: 'High Lonesome'
Taste of Success: He's the co-writer of Josh Gracin's Top 5 hit, 'Stay With Me (Brass Bed)'.
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6. Katrina Elam
Standout Song: 'Love Is'
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5. Andy Griggs
Standout Song: 'Can I Get an Amen'
Taste of Success: 'You Won't Ever Be Lonely' was a No. 2 hit in 1998. A year later, 'She's More' also reached that same position.
What You're Missing: His Southern rock voice is country to the core. He's one killer song away from becoming a huge concert draw and a radio favorite.
4. Hayes Carll
Standout Song: 'She Left Me for Jesus'
Taste of Success: The above-mentioned tune earned him the Americana Music Association's award for Song of the Year in 2008.
What You're Missing: His take on a two-timing girlfriend wasn't exactly radio-friendly (or politically correct) but like his best songs, it's unforgettable.
Standout Song: 'Break Down Here'
Taste of Success: Julie scored a gold-certified debut album in 2004.
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Standout Song: 'Three Days in Bed'
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1. Randy Houser
Standout Song: 'Anything Goes'
Taste of Success: A virtually unknown Randy was invited to perform 'Anything Goes' on the 'Late Show With David Letterman' before it was even a hit.
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