No matter who you are, a new year often brings with it a renewed sense of hope, promise and resolve, personally and professionally. The new year could be the year for any number of up-and-coming artists -- but The Boot's staff members are placing their bets on these men, women and groups.

Some of these acts, you may know vaguely: Perhaps you've heard one of their debut singles on the radio; maybe you're seen one of them live in a smaller venue or opening up for a larger name. Hopefully, you've liked what you've heard and are ready to learn more about them ... and if you're unfamiliar with any of these artists, you could be about to discover a new favorite.

The Boot's 2018 Artists to Watch come from all over, musically speaking: Some are more on the poppy side of country; others are as Americana-leaning as they come. They all, though, have cultivated their own styles and sounds, and are deserving of fans' attention.

Flip through the photo gallery above to meet The Boot's 2018 artists to watch -- and get ready to hear plenty from them throughout 2018.

Listen to The Boot's 2018 Artists to Watch Playlist

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