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10 New Country Artists You Need to Know: August 2017

Rolling Stone Logo By Ilana Kaplan,Marissa R. Moss,Robert Crawford,Brittney McKenna,Jeff Gage,Jon Gugala of Rolling Stone | Slide 1 of 10: Sounds Like: The spacey soundtrack for sunbaked afternoons, full of atmospheric Americana, hazy folk-rock and songwriting that drifts, drawls and draws you in For Fans of: Neil Young's Harvest , Mazzy Star, Hurray for the Riff Raff Why You Should Pay Attention: Before planting her roots in Nashville, Mancari logged time in the northeast, the Appalachians, India, Africa and Florida, collecting song ideas along the way. Her upcoming debut album, Good Woman , charts a path as wide as those travels, mixing the reverb-soaked influence of Radiohead with the twang and texture of American roots music. It's a sound that's already won over fans like Kacey Musgraves' bandleader Kyle Ryan, who produced the record in his home studio, as well as the Alabama Shakes' big-voiced frontwoman Brittany Howard, who teamed up with Mancari and folksinger Jesse Lafser to launch the songwriters' side project, Bermuda Triangle, earlier this summer. She Says: "I still draw a lot from Neil Young, especially when he starts to wild out a little bit," Mancari says of her influences, "but this record moves beyond that. I love Big Thief, Tame Impala and Kevin Morby. There's a pedal steel player in my band, but I'd never play with someone who approaches that instrument traditionally. This is different. The sound he makes almost sounds like a synthesizer." Hear for Yourself: As a steel guitar swoons and swells in the background, Mancari casts a slow-burning spell with Good Woman 's kickoff track, "Arizona Fire." R.C.

Becca Mancari

Sounds Like: The spacey soundtrack for sunbaked afternoons, full of atmospheric Americana, hazy folk-rock and songwriting that drifts, drawls and draws you in

For Fans of: Neil Young's Harvest , Mazzy Star, Hurray for the Riff Raff

Why You Should Pay Attention: Before planting her roots in Nashville, Mancari logged time in the northeast, the Appalachians, India, Africa and Florida, collecting song ideas along the way. Her upcoming debut album, Good Woman , charts a path as wide as those travels, mixing the reverb-soaked influence of Radiohead with the twang and texture of American roots music. It's a sound that's already won over fans like Kacey Musgraves' bandleader Kyle Ryan, who produced the record in his home studio, as well as the Alabama Shakes' big-voiced frontwoman Brittany Howard, who teamed up with Mancari and folksinger Jesse Lafser to launch the songwriters' side project, Bermuda Triangle, earlier this summer. She Says: "I still draw a lot from Neil Young, especially when he starts to wild out a little bit," Mancari says of her influences, "but this record moves beyond that. I love Big Thief, Tame Impala and Kevin Morby. There's a pedal steel player in my band, but I'd never play with someone who approaches that instrument traditionally. This is different. The sound he makes almost sounds like a synthesizer."

Hear for Yourself: As a steel guitar swoons and swells in the background, Mancari casts a slow-burning spell with Good Woman 's kickoff track, "Arizona Fire." R.C.

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