By People Staff
November 08, 2006 12:00 PM

JACK INGRAM

After years of playing bars and roadhouses in his native Texas, the country rocker scored a No. 1 hit this spring with “Wherever You Are” from his live CD of the same name. The follow-up, “Love You,” is climbing the charts.

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“One Thing” (available Oct. 13)

TAYLOR SWIFT

Her debut single, “Tim McGraw,” named after the country superstar, gave this 16-year-old a No. 2 ranking on iTunes.

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“The Outside” (available Oct. 13)

CRAIG MORGAN

His “That’s What I Love About Sunday” hit No. 1 and was the most-played country single of 2005. And he followed it up with the No. 2 “Redneck Yacht Club.” His new CD, Little Bit of Life, is out Oct. 31.

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“Look at ‘Em Fly” (available Oct. 13)

JASON ALDEAN

His first single, “Hicktown,” put the Georgia native on the map in 2005. Now with a No. 1 single (“Why”) under his belt and a Top New Male Vocalist trophy from this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards, he’s well on his way to the big time.

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“She Loved Me” (available Oct. 20)

KATRINA ELAM

This 22-year-old Oklahoma native has her second CD due out next month and has been opening for Rascal Flatts on tour.

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“Pretty Mixed” (available Oct. 20)

ROCKIE LYNNE

The Statesville, N.C., native has been touring steadily since the mid-’90s. He scored a Top 30 hit with “Lipstick” in 2005 and released his major-label debut in May.

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“The Only Reason” (available Oct. 20)

RAY SCOTT

Despite a deep baritone that calls to mind the late Johnny Cash, this North Carolina native toiled for years as a Nashville songwriter before landing his recording contract.

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“I Didn’t Come Here to Talk” (available Oct. 20)

RECKLESS KELLY

Named for the 19th-century Australian bank robber Ned Kelly, this country rock quintet has long been a favorite on the Texas circuit, where they pack dance halls and were named “Best Roots Rock Band” by the Austin Chronicle a whopping six times. They released a two-disc live CD and DVD earlier this year.

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“Break My Heart Tonight” (available Oct. 13)

CAROLINA RAIN

Known for their distinctive Eagles-like harmonies, this trio—comprised of Rhean Boyer, Jeremy Baxter and Marvin Evatt—released their first CD, Weather the Storm, last month and have been opening for Little Big Town.

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“How It Should Be” (available Oct. 27)

DANIELLE PECK

This Ohio-raised singer-songwriter was discovered while waiting tables in Nashville. She has already had two Top 30 country hits off her 2006 self-titled debut CD, “I Don’t” and “Findin’ a Good Man.”

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“Fallin’ Apart” (available Oct. 27)

POVERTYNECK HILLBILLIES

Known for their energetic live shows mixing country twang with rock and roll rhythms, the seven-man Pittsburgh band was named one of the “top independent artists of 2005” by the Country Music Association last year.

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“Mr. Right Now” (available Oct. 27)

HEARTLAND

“I Loved Her First,” the debut single of this Alabama sextet—composed of lead singer Jason Albert, Keith West, Mike Myerson, Todd Anderson and Chuck Crawford—is already a favorite for father-daughter dances at weddings.

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“I Loved Her First” (available Oct. 27)

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