Evan Paul is the host of Taste of Country Nights, a syndicated radio show heard on more than 100 country radio stations nationwide. Producer Amber co-hosts the show with him every night from 7PM to midnight. Together they play the best new country music and interview today's top stars, like Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Brantley Gilbert, Lady A, Maren Morris, Miranda Lambert + more! 

Time has sure flown by in 2021, hasn't it? It's so cool to not only see all the new country albums coming out this month, but pretty much every single country artist will be back on the road touring this year. We have come so far since March 2020 when time seemed to freeze.

There are a bunch of new albums being released this month that I am really excited for:

June 4: Brett YoungWeekends Look a Little Different These Days is dropping and I couldn't be more excited. I am a huge fan of Brett's songs and him as a human. Every time I have sat down to talk to him he has always been so cool and we have daughters around the same age, so we bond over that, too. I am totally excited to hear all the tracks off this album, as I too can relate to how weekends look different nowadays.

June 4: Walker HayesCountry Stuff EP comes out. Walker is such a talented dude and he brings a different perspective with his songs, so I can't wait to hear the whole album when it drops.

June 4: Andrew JannakosGone Too Soon EP is being released. He is a brand new artist on the scene and this is his first album release. He was on Season 16 of The Voice. We have had a chance to interview him a couple of times and he is a really humble dude with a lot of talent!

The rest of the country albums that are dropping in June 2021 are below:

June 4: Joy Oladokun, In Defense of My Own Happiness
June 11: Kylie Morgan, Love, Kylie EP
June 11: Oak Ridge Boys, Front Porch Singin'
June 11: Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, A Few Stars Apart
June 16: Smithfield, New Town EP
June 18: Rory Feek, Gentle Man
June 18: Amythyst Kiah, Wary + Strange
June 25: Gary Allan, Ruthless
June 25: Meghan Patrick's Heart on My Glass
June 25: Home Free's Land of the Free

Let us know which country album you are most excited for in June 2021 below.

Country Music's 10 Hottest Artists of 2021

The culmination of the annual Taste of Country Hot List is the 10 Hottest Country Artists list, a true measure of the songs, the tours and the intangibles, combined. Luke Combs was No. 1 in 2020, but he had trouble holding off a few artists for this year's list.

Just six of the 10 artists featured last year make the 2021 version — a collection that gets to consider touring plans and award achievements. We've had four new Entertainer of the Year of the Year winners in the past eight months, and three are featured below. One misses out for taking a year off the road and the radio, but we're confident she'll be back soon.

This list is an effort to combine and assess an artist's commercial success, fan appeal, touring demand and social media presence. Emphasis was placed on what's coming, not what has happened so far.