TR clued us into Nathaniel Rateliff a few months ago, describing him as 'vintage Johnny Cash'.
And just last week, the world (non-Nashville division) learned about Chris Stapleton. By 'the world', I mean 'I', as the guy did have the country album of the year, so I suppose a few folks knew about him before Justin Timberlake took him mainstream.
I'm not the world's biggest country music fan, but I do love a well-written tune regardless of genre. So if we're gonna do country music quarter here, we could do worse than featuring Chris Stapleton. Here's a stripped-down version of the title track to Stapleton's 'Traveller'.
Here's a live version of 'Sometimes I Cry'.
Finally, here's the ballyhooed Stapleton/Timberlake performance from the CMA's, where they cover the legendary George Jones' 'Tennessee Whiskey' before performing Timberlake's 'I Can't Drink You Away'. I don't exaggerate why I say that there may not be a better living entertainer than Justin Timberlake.