10. Cody Jinks
Cody Jinks makes music for, and about, the kind of people who bring a change of clothes to their day job because they only have a 30-minute commute between that and their night job. Jinks unexpectedly became a country star around his last album, and this is his label debut; it’s another album full of tales of the downtrodden, the 60-hour-a-weekers, the people who are worried the best of life has passed them by. Jinks is a rocking guitar player, and his band adds emotional heft to deliver to this, his finest album yet.