Like Travis Tritt before him, Dillon Carmichael strikes the right balance between country storytelling and Southern rock flair.

Mastering just one of those skills might've left Carmichael as a struggling songwriter, playing bars near his childhood home in Burgin, Ky., or as the lead guitarist in a Lynyrd Skynyrd cover band. There's nothing wrong with either gig, but Carmichael plotted something grander after taking on board the lessons learned from a pair of famous uncles.

The most fruitful result of Carmichael's ambition came with the 2018 release of his debut album, Hell on an Angel. The Dave Cobb-produced collection of songs lends a true country boy's voice to swampy anthems such as as "It's Simple," "That's What Hank Would Do" and others in the same wheelhouse as Jamey Johnson, Chris Stapleton and Shooter Jennings' traditional country offerings.

Want to know more about this up-and-comer? Read on.