From tailgates and tan lines to beers in their tears, 2023's country music scene is hotter than ever. Both industry legends and budding singer-songwriters are releasing new music while also embarking on national concert tours. The year's most popular festivals, Stagecoach and Tortuga, once again hit the road with headliners Shania Twain, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, and Chris Stapleton – as well as national tours by some of your other favorite country superstars. Her Royal Highness Dolly Parton never ceases to build open her empire of businesses, music, charities, and television specials; and millennial superstars Morgan Wallen and Luke Combs continue to dominate the Billboard country charts with their undeniable bangers.
Which trending country musicians are you most excited to see live, and whose records are you currently listening to? Vote below for the best country artists of 2023, and be sure to also check out this year's top new country songs afterwards.