49 Winchester is one of the hottest bands in country music, and they show no signs of cooling down.
The talent has always been there, but things really seem to have begun clicking for the Russell County, VA Appalachian soul outfit as they have been touring constantly and especially following the release of their Fortune Favors the Bold record this past May.
The biggest hit of their career thus far, the hometown ode “Russell County Line,” has amassed a wild 11 Million streams on Spotify.
But it’s not just the fans or the music critics that are latching onto 49 Winchester’s Appalachian soul sound, tons of other artists are taking note, too.
Most notably, Luke Combs is an outspoken fan who can even be seen rocking their merch, and Whiskey Myers and Turnpike Troubadours have had 49 Winchester open massive shows for them over the past year.
But one of the coolest instances I’ve seen of other artists hopping on the 49 Winchester train is up and coming Oklahoma artist Wyatt Flores covering “Russell County Line”
Original music is hard to beat, but it’s pretty awesome seeing artists take a crack at covering other artists’ great music, and it even adds an element to the cover when it is the music of one of their contemporaries as opposed to a frequently covered classic.
For anyone who is not familiar with Wyatt Flores yet, that needs to change.
Aside from this awesome 49 Winchester cover, he’s got quite a few impressive originals himself, and is set to release his debut full length album Losing Sleep in September 2023.
Here are some of my favorites he’s released thus far.
“Please Don’t Go”
And of course, nothing will beat the original version of “Russell County Line.”