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SCOTTY McCREERY

The American Idol winner, 18, topped the charts with his debut CD Clear as Day, which includes a song by Keith Urban. Nominated for New Artist of the Year at the ACM awards, he'll spend the summer opening for Brad Paisley.



DUSTIN LYNCH

The blue-eyed crooner from Tullahoma, Tenn., 26, just released his debut single, "Cowboys and Angels," in January.



THOMAS RHETT

The "Something to Do with My Hands" singer, 21-and son of Rhett Akins-has done a fine job keeping up the family business. With an album in the works, he's already opened for artists like Blake Shelton and Lynyrd Skynyrd.



JT HODGES

The smoldering Texas native, 34, gained fans while on the road with Toby Keith's tour last year. With his debut CD due out soon, he has already won fans with singles like "Hunt You Down" and "Goodbyes Made You Mine."



ERIC GUNDERSON & STEPHEN BARKER LILES

Gunderson, 27, and Liles, 28, made the Top 10 on Billboard's country songs chart with "Runaway" in 2009. Three years later, they're nominated for Best Duo at the ACM Awards.



KIP MOORE

After writing for Thompson Square, the singer, 32, enjoyed a hit of his own with "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck."



CANAAN SMITH

The "We Got Us" singer-and former Amazing Race contestant-29, hits the road with Sugarland starting in April.



HUNTER HAYES

At just age 20, the former child star has cowritten a song for Rascal Flatts, toured with Taylor Swift and had a Top 20 hit with "Storm Warning." He's also nabbed a nomination for the ACM's Top New Artist award.



CASEY JAMES

The 29-year-old American Idol finalist just released his debut album and scored a hit with "Let's Don't Call It a Night." He's set to tour with Sugarland.