In 2015, notable new country acts include Striking Matches, Kelsea Ballerini, Andrew Combs and Drake White. Striking Matches is a duo formed by singers Justin Davis and Sarah Zimmerman. Davis and Zimmerman are known for taking turns playing sophisticated lead guitar parts.
Hailing from East Tennessee, Kelsea Ballerini is a singer-songwriter with a well-honed stage presence. Ballerini achieved mainstream success with the song "Love Me Like You Mean It." Written by Ballerini and Josh Kerr, the song was a hit in the United States and Canada and topped the country charts in both countries. The song reached number 45 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Love Me Like You Mean It" was the lead single for "The First Time," Ballerini's 2015 debut album.
Andrew Combs is a soulful new country singer influenced by folk, world music and 1970s singer-songwriters. Combs achieved greater prominence with the album "All These Dreams," which was released in January 2015. Born in Texas, Combs is based in Nashville and achieved his first breakthrough with the song "Too Stoned To Cry." Drake White's 2015 song "It Feels Good" was a country hit, achieving number 39 on Billboard's U.S Country Airplay chart. Firmly rooted in folk music, White employs diverse musical instruments, including the sitar, the banjo and the washboard.