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Get new tracks from Katie Armiger, Rissi Palmer and more rising country stars! By Ericka Souter

01 of 09

KATIE ARMIGER

KATIE ARMIGER
Kristin Barlowe

Who She Is: Last year, the 16-year-old Sugarland, Texas, native scored a hit

with "17 in Abilene."

Download: "Let Him Go," a ballad about not getting the guy.

Her Inspiration: "I wrote 'Let Him Go' after watching My Best Friend's

Wedding on TV," says Armiger. "There've been guys I liked, but they liked my

best friend. But that was in high school, so no one was getting married!"

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02 of 09

ONE FLEW SOUTH

ONE FLEW SOUTH
David McClister

Who They Are: Former solo artists Chris Roberts, Royal Reed and Eddie Bush, who formed the group in 2005.

Download: "My Kind of Beautiful," a song about meeting the woman of your

dreams.

What They Love About the Song: "It's country, but it has a rocking side to

it," says Bush, 32. "It has an edge."

Find out more at oneflewsouth.com!

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03 of 09

MONTY LANE ALLEN

MONTY LANE ALLEN
Aubrey Haynes

Who He Is: A guitarist and backup singer, who worked with Alan Jackson for five years.

Download "Fallin' Water," a love song originally written as a valentine to

his wife Stacy.

His Inspiration: "I was standing outside my house, and there was a soft rain

coming down," says Allen, 41. "Each raindrop wrapped around and caressed the

patio furniture. It was a beautiful thing to see. I am drawn to Stacy like

that. She draws me in and I'm that falling water."

Find out more at montylaneallen.net or get more music on iTunes!

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04 of 09

RISSI PALMER

RISSI PALMER

Who She Is: A trailblazer. With her hit "Country Girl," Palmer, 26, became the first black

woman to land on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart in 20 years.

Download: "Hold On to Me," a ballad about unrequited love.

Her Inspiration: "I've been in a similar situation as this song, where you're in love with someone but that person's heart is somewhere else," says Palmer, who is single. "So this song touches me when I sing it."

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05 of 09

JUSTIN MOORE

JUSTIN MOORE
Peter Hartung

Who He Is: A small-town guy making good. Reared in Poyden, Ark., he moved to Nashville three months after graduating from high school. "I grew up with a population of, like, 300: one school, a little store and no stoplights," says Moore, 23. "Country music

explains that way of life, which is why I love it."

Download: "I Could Kick Your Ass," a song about teaching a cocky guy a lesson.

His Inspiration: "My producer started writing this song as a joke, but I

said, 'We've got to finish it,' " he says. "Let's be honest: It's one of

those things everybody in the bar on Saturday night can sing along to."

Find out more at his MySpace page!

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06 of 09

EMILY WEST

EMILY WEST
Kristin Barlowe

Who She Is: A Patsy Cline fanatic. As an 8-year-old, the Waterloo, Iowa, native used to sing Patsy Cline songs for three hours a day. "I still warm up to her music," says West, 26, who moved to Nashville after high school.

Download: "Blue Sky," a ballad about surviving a bad breakup.

Her Inspiration: "My parents were going though a separation after 32 years of marriage," she says. "This song is my mom's feelings on paper. She is saying, 'I'm not your blue sky. I am not your sunshine anymore. Now you want me back, but you should have fought for me then.' " It was a validation for her; she felt empowered. I hope it gives courage to a lot of women who felt

they were the best part of a relationship."

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07 of 09

WHISKEY FALLS

WHISKEY FALLS
Michael Maples

Who They Are: Childhood pals Buck Johnson and Damon Johnson, who teamed up with

fellow singer-songwriters Seven Williams and Wally Brandt in 2006.

Download: "Last Train Running," a bluesy track about living life to the

fullest.

Their Inspiration: "My wife suffered from anorexia," says Williams, 35. "When you start to look at life and death, you think about how you want to act under pressure."

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08 of 09

FISHER STEVENSON

FISHER STEVENSON
Kristin Barlowe

Who He Is: A punk rocker gone country. The Richmond, Va., native traded his Mohawk for a cowboy hat when he was in his 20s. "Stylistically, you couldn't think of two things more opposite," says Stevenson, 33, of the genres. "But they both come from the heart and tell the truth."
Download: "No Tomorrow Here Tonight," a song about taking a risk on love.
What He Loves About the Song: "It's all about letting go and letting loose. I can relate to that."

Find out more about him at his MySpace page!

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09 of 09

JEREMY MCCOMB

JEREMY MCCOMB
David McClister

Who He Is: Larry the Cable Guy's former road manager.

Download: "This Town Needs a Bar," a song about drowning your troubles at the local watering hole.

What He Loves About This Song: "Everyone has days when you don't want to

deal with something," says McComb, 26. "You just want to go have a drink and

hang."

Find out more at jeremymccomb.com or get more music on iTunes!

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