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Country Act To Watch: Brett Eldredge

This spring, while most of country music’s attention has been riveted toward current chart dominators like Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line and The Band Perry, a dark horse named Brett Eldredge has been quietly climbing the charts. His single “Don’t Ya” is currently sitting at Number 13 on the Billboard Country charts, just above Kip Moore and Miranda Lambert.

Eldredge’s story is a fairly familiar one: Midwestern boy figures out he can sing, moves to Nashville and starts writing and playing until he gets noticed. (Of course, in the twenty-teens, part of this getting noticed involves the clever use of YouTube, where Eldredge has been posting his music through his “Couch Sessions” series.) That hard work has paid off as Eldredge has been slowly and steadily rising in the ranks, resulting in appearances on GAC, performances at the Grand Ole Opry and at this year’s CMA Fest and an opening slot on Taylor Swift’s RED Tour.

As it turns out, “Don’t Ya” isn’t the first we’ve heard from this guy; some dedicated country fans might recognize Eldredge’s soulful voice from his 2010 single “Raymond”, which peaked at Number 23 on the country charts. Now signed to Atlantic Nashville, Brett Eldredge is set to release his debut full-length album Bring You Back on August 6. If “Don’t Ya” is any indication, I don’t think this will be the last we hear from this up-and-comer.

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About the Author


Music blogger Rob Burkhardt has been a fan of country music since he was a child, cutting his teeth on the sounds of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Reba McIntyre and George Jones. In the words of the now-legendary Barbara Mandrell song, he was "country when country wasn't cool." Nowadays, Rob is both intrigued and excited about the mainstream crossover appeal of modern country, as seen in the success of artists like Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts and Lady Antebellum. Even so, Rob's personal tastes in country music remain "old school," tied to the great legends of country. When he's not blogging about country music, Rob Burkhardt holds a day job as a middle school teacher, and is an avid sports fan. He lives with his wife and two teenage girls in southern Ohio.

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