Lately, female artists from Maren Morris to Miranda Lambert have dominated playlists. But as the season changes, some of the genre’s biggest male stars — plus newcomer Kane Brown — are eyeing the top of the charts.
Fall Album: Farm Tour: Here’s to the Farmer, out Sept. 23, an EP of all-new songs timed to coincide with his latest tour.
Recent Hit: The hard-swinging 2015 come-on “Move” currently sits at No. 22 on the Hot Country Songs chart.
Pastimes: A star of the Outdoor Channel show Buck Commander, he enjoys bow hunting.
Manliest Career Moment: His 2013 Spring Break compilation topped the Billboard 200.
Fall Album: Cosmic Hallelujah, originally scheduled for July under a different title, will come out Oct. 28.
Recent Hit: His duet with Pink, “Setting the World on Fire,” peaked at No. 2 on Hot Country Songs in August.
Pastimes: Though he’s from Knoxville, Tenn., Chesney’s a diehard Red Sox fan.
Manliest Career Moment: Ranked No. 6 in People’s 2007 “Hottest Bachelors.” Also: titled 2010 album Hemingway’s Whiskey.
Fall Album: No release date yet for his debut, but he dropped lead single “Thunder in the Rain” in July.
Recent Hit: The soaring “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now“ reached No. 19 on Hot Country Songs in July.
Pastimes: ”I lived on a dairy farm. I used to help my papaw milk the cows,” he told Billboard in March.
Manliest Career Moment: The X Factor “put me in a boy band, so I quit” — then went viral on his own.
Fall Album: They Don’t Know, the follow-up to 2014’s Old Boots, New Dirt (a Billboard 200 No. 1), lands Sept. 9.
Recent Hit: “Reason to Love L.A.” notched No. 49 on Hot Country Songs in August.
Pastimes: Appears on Buck Commander with hunting buddy Bryan; buys vintage T-shirts on eBay.
Manliest Career Moment: In 2015, won male vocalist of the year at the Academy of Country Music Awards for a second time.