The death of traditional country music may have been overstated. These 23 modern country singers are proving there is still allegiance to a less pop-friendly brand of twang. This group of stars and newcomers also prove fans may need to go looking for it.

Only a handful of these contemporary country music traditionalists — or neo-traditionalists, as some have labeled them — have found success on country radio, but streaming sites and satellite radio have been kind to artists like Sturgill Simpson. His Grammy win and performance show that despite a lack of airplay, great music can still win.

Women like Kacey Musgraves, Margo Price and Brandy Clark recall country legends of the past while adding a 21st century twist. Ashley McBryde and Ashley Monroe are two more who've released albums with no filler and little filter. Few will call their music anything but real country music.

Cody Johnson, Luke Combs, Dillon Carmichael and Chris Stapelton are also carrying on the great traditions of country music. Steel guitar, fiddle and beer-soaked waltzes about the girl that got away — they're all welcome on the list below.

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