Priscilla Block, Jackson Dean, Frank Ray, Jelly Roll, and Nate Smith Named ‘New Faces Of Country Music’

Priscilla Block, Jackson Dean, Frank Ray, Jelly Roll, and Nate Smith have been named the CRS 2023 New Faces of…


Lauren Jo Black

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December 12, 2022


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Priscilla Block, Jackson Dean, Frank Ray, Jelly Roll, and Nate Smith have been named the CRS 2023 New Faces of Country Music by country radio and streaming personnel. 

The Country Radio Broadcasters (CRB) revealed the news on Monday morning (Dec. 12) following the voting period. 

“We are so excited to announce the CRS New Faces of Country Music Class of 2023! 🌟” CRB shared on Instagram. “This year’s SOLD OUT show will feature @priscillablock, @thejacksondean, @frankraymusic, @jellyroll615 and @natesmith!”

“The radio and streaming partner constituencies of CRS have spoken and, word is, the future of country music is bright,” CRB New Faces Committee Chairman Chuck Aly shared in a statement. “This year’s New Faces class comprises artists with admirable creative depth and burgeoning commercial impact. Translation: Don’t miss it!”

The 2023 New Faces of Country Music show will take place during Country Radio Seminar (CRS), on Wednesday, March 15, 2023. The already sold-out show will feature performances by Block, Dean, Ray, Jelly Roll, and Smith.

Established in 1970, the New Faces of Country Music show is the highlight of CRS. The showcase highlights five emerging artists who are poised to continue to make a major impact at country radio in the years to come.

Gabby Barrett, Jameson Rodgers, Lainey Wilson, Walker Hayes and Parker McCollum; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Gabby Barrett, Jameson Rodgers, Lainey Wilson, Walker Hayes and Parker McCollum; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Artists who performed at the showcase in 2022 include Parker McCollum, Gabby Barrett, Jameson Rodgers, Lainey Wilson, and Walker Hayes.

Previous New Faces of Country Music include Carly Pearce, Luke Combs, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift, Jake Owen, Jimmie Allen, and more. 

A full list of previous New Faces can be seen HERE. 

Kenny Chesney will also make an appearance at the 2023 Country Radio Seminar as the featured artist for “The Artist Interview.”

“We’re thrilled to have Kenny join us at CRS ‘23 in March. There’s so much to talk about,” said CRS/CRB executive director RJ Curtis. “He’s been an important and consistently relevant artist for three decades, entertaining millions of fans with a dynamic show that brings his massive catalog of hits to life one stadium at a time. Only a very few artists – from any genre – can claim this achievement, and Kenny Chesney lives in that rare air. We can’t wait for this session at CRS.”

The eight-time Entertainer Of The Year will sit down for a discussion about the longevity of his career and reflect on how he got to where he is today. 

“Music is such an important piece of people’s lives,” shared Chesney. “I believe music is medicine. It changes lives, makes a difference and is there every step of the way. I can’t wait to dig in and talk about all these songs, all these moments and the journey to how we got there.”

Chesney last appeared at CRS in 2023, where he accepted the Country Radio Broadcasters (CRB) Artist Humanitarian Award.

Held at the Omni Nashville Hotel, CRS will take place Monday, March 13 through Wednesday, March 15. The three-day seminar is open to music industry personnel and will offer a packed schedule that includes educational panels, networking, workshops, and more.  

Registration for CRS 2023 is open and is $649 per person. Registration is available through more information, visit and follow CRS on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Additional information can be obtained by calling 615-327-4487.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.