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Artist to Watch: Greg Bates, The Neotraditionalist

If you listen to any country radio station, it’s nearly impossible to hear anything that resembles the genre’s foundation. The reason for that is it’s becoming more difficult to find a song that includes the exquisite twang of a fiddle or the heart wrenching cry of a steel guitar on country radio. Thankfully there are a handful of artists who are are trying to keep those sounds alive including legends like George Strait and Alan Jackson as well as young artists like Easton Corbin and Chris Young. Now there’s a new guy in town who has the potential to become a country superstar and his name is Greg Bates.

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Artist to Watch: The Farm, The New Entertainers

Country music has a new trio that has enough potential to give Lady Antebellum a run for its money. This new group goes by the name The Farm. Comprised of three veterans in the music industry, this group has already taken the country charts by storm with its debut single, “Home Sweet Home.” But what impresses me most about this talented trio is its onstage presence which is why I’ve dubbed them, the new entertainers.

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Artist to Watch: Kip Moore, The New Heartthrob

Kip Moore made his debut on country radio last year with the fantastic “Mary Was the Marrying Kind,” which made our list of Top Singles of 2011. Now the singer is climbing the charts with his first top 20 hit, “Somethin’ ’bout a Truck.” I think he’ll have major success in 2012 which is why he’s next up in our Artists to Watch series.

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Artist to Watch: Jana Kramer, The Quick Riser

2012 is already turning out to be a big year for new artists. We’ve had a couple of “newbies” climb into the top 30 on the Billboard charts for the first time in their careers as well as a couple who’ve made history. To honor those up-and-comers, ATC is going to highlight a few of them in its Artists to Watch series. I’ll of course be reviewing their current radio single as well as sharing my opinion of why they could have a big year in 2012. First up in the series is the actress-turned-singer Jana Kramer.

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