Zach Bryan, Kaitlin Butts and Corey Kent of Oklahoma drive up the country music charts | Tulsa World Magazine

Tulsa World Magazine picked out three up-and-coming country artists from Oklahoma that you’ll want to keep an eye out for as their music career progresses.

Zach Bryan

“Here’s your sign” is comedian Bill Engvall’s signature catchphrase.

Here’s Your Sign Singer-songwriter Zach Bryan was about to “explode” in the music business: He sold out two Cain’s Ballroom shows in the blink of an eye, and he was still six months away from his debut on a major label. He also sold out the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville in less than an hour through word of mouth and the strength of his gear and live performances.

Zach Bryan, featured at an April performance at the Calf Fry in Stillwater, released his Warner Records debut album in May.

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Bryan served in the United States Navy before winning the ears and hearts of music fans. His highly anticipated album ‘American Heartbreak’ is out May 20 via Warner Records, and he’ll be among the headliners when he returns to the Born & Raised Music Festival on September 16 in Pryor, a short drive from his hometown of Oologah.

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Bryan is proud of his small-town roots and his music is fueled by a desire to stay true to himself, according to a biography provided by Warner Records.

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Music fans react to Zach Bryan’s performance at the 2022 Calf Fry Music Festival in Stillwater.

Photos by Mike Simons, Tulsa World Magazine

“Her success is found in her raspy voice, a blend of classic folk melody and outlaw country with a raw edge that cuts to the bone,” said the biography, which cited a defining moment in his career.

“In the ‘Heading South’ video, shot by phone outside his Marine barracks in humid 95-degree heat, Bryan’s passion echoes through the strings of his trusted guild. Soaked in sweat and words he wrote minutes earlier, the moment is authentic, brutal and real Millions of fans have now seen this video without any kind of industry help and millions more have tuned in to the songs heartfelt tenderness found on both Bryan’s 2019 debut album ‘DeAnn’ – dedicated to his late mother – and its 2020 follow-up, ‘Elisabeth,’ an ode to those he loves.

Bryan has amassed over a billion combined global streams, with 4 million monthly Spotify listeners.

To learn more about him, visit

Kaitlin’s Butts

A Union High School alum, Butts released an album (“What Else Can She Do”) in April that earned her recognition from Rolling Stone and other music news sources.

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Kaitlin Butts is on a positive streak in 2022. Mackenzie Ryan

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On the day of the album’s release, Rolling Stone said this about the title track: “What Else Can She Do”, recently released by Kaitlin Butts, clearly demonstrates that she should be positioned somewhere between Miranda Lambert or Kacey Musgraves at country’s vanguard – an Oklahoma native with a big, malleable voice and the songwriting skills to match.

Billboard said Butts’ new album “highlights her most powerful, scariest voice.”

Momentum began to build before the album’s release when Butts was one of seven artists featured in a nationwide U.S. Cellular “Locally Grown, Locally Live” campaign.

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“What Else Can She Do” is Kaitlin Butts’ second studio album.

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‘What Else Can She Do’ is Butts’ second studio album and his first since 2015’s ‘Same Hell, Different Devil’.

The tracks on the new album tell the stories of women – those who are lost, struggling, angry and scared, but who remain resilient through it all.

“I don’t think life is that pretty sometimes, and with it comes pain and going through tough times, being stagnant, going with the flow, not knowing what to do or just being downright mad at everything life has put on your plate,” Butts said in a press release about the album.

“I see myself in all these women in these stories. I see these women in my friends and family all around me going through divorce, abuse, infidelity, financial instability, addiction, generational trauma, family issues and tough life changing times, but somehow they are still resilient and come out the other side okay. I hope this album makes you feel seen and comforts you in dark times. Know that you are never alone and will not always be so.

Butts said each song on the album was like a different movie in his head. She shared the visuals through a series of lyric videos that were released in May.

For more information and to find out the next tour dates, go to

Corey Kent

You knew him as Corey Kent White when he was coached by Blake Shelton on “The Voice.”

Now you can call him Corey Kent, musical artist with a #1 song.

Kent’s “Wild as Her” soared to No. 1 on Apple Music’s Country Streaming chart earlier this year. It’s from his album “’21,” which was released in December 2021 and debuted at No. 4 on the US Spotify chart.

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Corey Kent will be among the performers at the Born & Raised Music Festival 2022.

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Kent told social media followers in April that he had his best touring year last year by self-booking, and he announced he was teaming up with Nate Towne and Hayley Riddle at William Morris Endeavor to level up. They work in collaboration with his Triple 8 Management team.

Want to see for yourself what Corey Kent is all about? He will perform on September 18 at the Born & Raised Music Festival in Pryor. He posted this on social media after the performance slate was announced: “The only thing cooler than playing a festival called Born & Raised Music Festival less than an hour from where you were born and raised. grown up, is to move from the limelight stage last year to a major milestone this year.

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Corey Kent performing at Cain’s Ballroom in 2016.

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To learn more about him, visit

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