May 11, 2018
Highland Travelers -
Highland Travelers make their bluegrass debut. Highland Travelers / Mountain Fever Records
Adam Steffey has joined together with Keith Garrett and Gary Hultman, fellow former Boxcars, and Jason Davis and Kameron Keller from Ramblers Choice to create Highland Travelers.
May 4, 2018
Trampled by Turtles -
Life is Good on the Open Road
Duluth, Minn.'s finest, Trampled by Turtles, releases its first album in four years. During that time, lead singer Dave Simonett released his own album. "Kelly's Bar" is the first song released from the disc.
April 27, 2018
Bluegrass band ClayBank may be comprised of a few members not even 20, their sound hearkens back to the 1970s and '80s and J.D. Crowe and the New South and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. The North Carolina-based-band released the single "Queen of Carolina."
April 20, 2018
Joshua Hedley -
Traditional country singer Joshua Hedley is releasing his debut on Jack White's label. He's from Texas, although he sounds like he grew up in Texas honky tonks. The title track is the first single from the Skylar Wilson and Jordan Lehning-produced disc of 10 songs.
Brothers Osborne -
Port Saint Joe
Brothers Osborne, the Maryland duo of TJ and John Osborne, will release their sophomore full-length disc. The release comes almost 2 1/2 years after their debut, which yielded a few hits ("It Ain't My Fault," "21 Summer" and "Stay a Little Longer") and awards. Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Little Big Town) produced the set. "Shoot Me Straight" is the first single from the disc.
April 6, 2018
Blackberry Smoke -
Find a Light
March 30, 2018
Ashley McBryde -
Girl Going Nowhere
Arkansas native Ashley McBryde is a combo of country, folk, and rock with nods to Bonnie Raitt and Loretta Lynn. She had a hand in writing all 11 songs on the Jay Joyce-produced debut. The first single was "A Little Dive Bar In Dahlonega."
March 9, 2018
Dave Adkins -
Right or Wrong
Bluegrass veteran returns with an album featuring the likes of Kyle Leapard on guitar,
Adam Steffey on mandolin, Terry Baucom on banjo, Justin Moses on fiddle and Dobro, and
Mitchell Brown on bass.
February 23, 2018
Caleb Caudle -
Caleb Caudle releases his eighth album, mining Americana and Gram Parsons sounds.
Ed Romanoff -
New York singer/songwriter Ed Romanoff's second album was produced by Simone Felice (The Lumineers, Bat For Lashes) and includes contributions from Rachael Yamagata, Kenneth Patteng and multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell, along with Larrys wife and duo partner, Teresa Williams.
February 16, 2018
Matthew McNeal -
(Matte Black Sound)
Matthew McNeal is a Dallas-area artist mixing roots into his sound with a hefty dose of pedal steel.
February 9, 2018
Caroline Cotter -
Home on the River
Providence, R.I. native Caroline Cotter releases her second full-length major Americana release. Co-produced by Cotter and Jeff Oehler and recorded in scenic Saranac Lake, N.Y. and Kansas City, Mo., "Home on the River" features nine original songs plus Cotter's a capella version of Woody Guthrie's "My Peace."
Lynn Taylor & The Bar Flies -
"Staggered" is the third release from East Nashville artist Lynn Taylor & The Bar Flies. The release is highly personal as the songs at times deal with the passing of Taylor's wife.
February 5, 2018
Volume Five -
Volume FIve won both the 2017 IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year and Song of the Year Awards.
February 2, 2018
Montgomery Gentry -
Here's to You
Montgomery Gentry's CD is the posthumous release for Troy Gentry, who was killed in a helicopter crash in September 2017 in New Jersey. His band mate, Eddie Montgomery, is carrying on with the new music. The release contains a dozen songs and was produced by Shannon Houchins and Noah Gordon.
January 26, 2018
Various Artists -
American Folk soundtrack
(American Folk Records/Thirty Tigers)
Joe Purdy and Amber Rubarth not only star in this indie film based on the travels of two folk musicians after 9-11, but they also sing most of the 19 songs on the soundtrack. John Prine contributes "Some Humans AIn't Human."
Ben Miller Band -
Choke Cherry Tree
The Ben Miller Band, which formed in 2005 in Joplin, Mo., releases its fifth CD. The line-up includes singer/guitarist Ben Miller, bassist (playing a homemade one-string washtub bass), drummer, and back-up vocalist, Scott Leeper, lead/back-up vocalist, violinist/cellist, guitarist, and electric-cactus player, Rachel Ammons, and guitarist/bassist/percussionist, Bob Lewis. The band plays rock, country, Americana and other sounds.
Mary Gauthier -
Rifles and Rosary Beads
(In the Black/Thirty Tigers)
Mary Gauthier teams with military personnel and their families to write highly personal songs about their experiences in the military.
Laura Benitez and the Heartache -
With All Its Thorns
Texas artist Laura Benitez and the Heartache expands behind her traditional country sound with Cajun and Mexican influences now part of the mix. Benitez self-produced the 11-song release.
January 19, 2018
Devin Dawson -
Devin Dawson makes his debut with a dozen song set. Dawson had a hand in writing all 12 songs.
LANCO scored with the hit "Greatest Love Story of All," which first appeared on an EP. This is the group's first full-length release. Jay Joyce produced the set of the quintet.
Kristy Cox -
Kristy Cox is unusual for the U.S. - an Aussie playing bluegrass. In 2015, she was selected as an official showcase artist for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). With a string of number one hits on radio and country music television in Australia, Cox's last two projects were produced by Grammy winner Jerry Salley, He also produced this disc.
First Aid Kit -
First Aid Kit, sisters Klara and Johanna Soderberg from Sweden, adopt a folk noir approach on the 10-song set. The release is the fourth full-length overall and first since 2014's "Stay Gold."
Matt Hectorne -
(Hem & Haw)
Matt Hectorne releases a 10-song country CD. Hectorne is a Memphis-born and Mississippi-bred singer-songwriter. He had been in a number of bands with a wide range of musical styles before working on his solo project. Over the past five years, he has released several EPs and one LP including "Honeysuckle" (2017) and "Days While Away" (2015). He also released "Show Your Love" (2013) and "Your Light My Dark" (2012) under the band name Matt Hectorne & The Family Tree.
January 18, 2018
The Thread that Keeps Us
Calexico stretches out its sound beyond its patented Tex-Mex, Americana and rock sound.
Abbie Gardner -
Wishes on a Neon Sign
(Gimme Some Ribs)
Abbie Gardner is one-third of the Americana band Red Molly, but she's on her own here in this solo release.
December 8, 2017
Walker Hayes -
Walker Hayes releases his debut disc, a 10-song effort. The singer helped write every song. The releases features the hit single "You Broke Up With Me." Shane McAnally, co-president of the revitalized Monument label, produced. Hayes bears a strong resemblance musically to Sam Hunt. There are few overt country sounds on this release.
Luke Bryan -
What Makes You Country
Luke Bryan releases his sixth studio album. Jeff Stevens and Jody Stevens produced the 15 songs, 7 co-written by Bryan including the title track. The lead single "Light It Up," written by Bryan and Old Dominion member Brad Tursi.
December 1, 2017
Chris Stapleton -
From A Room: Volume 2
Chris Stapleton releases the follow-up to May's "Volume 1," a bluesy and country affair. The new nine-song set features "Scarecrow in the Garden" and "Millionaire."
Danielle Bradbery -
I Don't Believe We've Met
Danielle Bradbery finally releases her sophomore effort four years after her debut. Bradbery had a hand in writing 7 of the 10 songs on the new disc. "Sway," the lead-off track, is the single.
Grayson Capps -
(Royal Potato Family)
Grayson Capps releases his sixth solo effort. The nine-release is the Alabama native's first disc in six years.
November 24, 2017
The Minus 5 -
The MInus 5 finds Scott McCaughey returning with original holiday songs with help from Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), Peter Buck, Mike Mills, The Posies, Colin Meloy (The Decemberists), Chuck Prophet, M. Ward, Tammy Ealom (Dressy Bessy), Kurt Bloch, Kelly Hogan and Norah O'Connor. Songs include "When Christmas Hurts You This Way" and "I Still Believe in New Year's Eve."
Cole Swindell -
Down Home Sessions EP
For the fourth time, Cole Swindell goes the "Down Home" route in releasing an EP at this time of year. He had a hand in writing all five songs, including "Roller Coaster," a hit for Luke Bryan and "Get Me Some of That," a hit for Thomas Rhett.