Nashville Music Guide’s Artists to Watch 2024

Artists to Watch #10

In an ever-evolving musical landscape, The Castellows are redefining what it means to pay homage to traditional country roots while carving out a distinct niche in the neo-traditional country genre. Ellie (lead guitar), Powell (banjo), and Lily Castellow (vocals), three sisters with an enchanting blend of familial harmony, have made a considerable splash in the music world from their unassuming beginnings in rural Georgetown, Georgia.

Their journey to stardom started modestly, sharing covers on Instagram and TikTok that resonated with country music aficionados, radiating the warmth and comfort of Southern storytelling with a contemporary twist. The Castellows quickly transitioned from social media phenomena to artists on the cusp of a significant breakthrough in January 2023, capturing the attention of Nashville insiders who saw something genuinely special in their music.

By spring, The Castellows had penned a deal with Warner Music Nashville & Warner Records, a testament to their potential and budding artistry in the country music scene. It’s a pairing of past and present as their producer, Trina Shoemaker, whose credentials with icons like Sheryl Crow and Nanci Griffith speak volumes, brings a depth of experience to the sisters’ fresh sound.

The debut EP, A Little Goes A Long Way, serves as an introductory piece to their musical identity. Within this powerful collection, six out of seven tracks are penned or co-written by The Castellows, showcasing their dedication not only to performance but also to the craft of songwriting.

Celebrations were in full swing as A Little Goes A Long Way hit the airwaves, with a remarkable milestone of surpassing 100,000 subscribers on YouTube, a count which has since soared past 235,000. Their increasing popularity is firmly stamped with their inclusion in the CMT Next Women of Country Class of 2024, positioning The Castellows as a name to watch – and listen to.

Moreover, their coverage on various ‘watch lists’ for 2024, from platforms such as CMT Listen Up, Pandora, Country Now, and Nashville Lifestyles’ ‘Five Groups You Need To Know,’ The Castellows stand at the forefront of a new country music wave. They are not just a trio of sisters but a force uniting timeless melodies with a forward-thinking approach to music that’s bound to keep resonating with fans across generations.

Label: Warner Music Nashville
Hometown: Georgetown, Georgia
Current City: Nashville, Tennessee
Hot Release (s): “Cowboy Kind of Love”; “Hurricane”; “No.7 Road”
Musical Influences: George Strait, Alan Jackson, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch, Alabama, The Band, Shenandoah, Ed Sheeran, Chris Stapleton
If You Like: Lainey Wilson, Kelsea Ballerini, Josh Abbott Band
KEEP UP WITH THE CASTELLOWS: Instagram/TikTok/X: @thecastellows

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