August 5, 2016
The Cadillac Three -
Bury Me In My Boots
The Cadillac Three release their second full-length disc. "Drunk Like You" is the first single from the disc by the trio.
July 15, 2016
David Nail -
David Nail releases his fourth studio disc."Night's on Fire" was the first single from the release.
July 8, 2016
Kenny Chesney -
Some Town, Somewhere
(Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville)
Kenny Chesney releases his first disc since 2014's "The Big Revival." "Noise" is the first single from the release. Shane McAnally ("Somewhere With You," "American Kids"), Josh Osborne ("Wild Child," "Come Over"), David Lee Murphy ("Pirate Flag," "Living In Fast Forward"), Ross Copperman ("Pirate Flag") and Matraca Berg ("You & Tequila") - as well as Oscar nominee Allison Moorer, Americana Awards winner Hayes Carll and Texas singer/songwriter John Ed Baumann all contributed songs to the project, which was produced by Buddy Cannnon and Chesney. They recorded the CD in Los Angeles and Nashville.
Mark Chesnutt -
Texas honky tonker Mark Chesnutt releases his first album since 2010's "Outlaws." Jimmy Ritchey once again produced Chesnutt, who has 13 songs on the disc.
June 17, 2016
Jon Pardi -
Jon Pardi releases his second full-length and third overall. "Head Over Boots" is the first single from the new disc, which contains a dozen songs. Pardi's debut, "Write You A Song," featured his Gold-selling Top 10 hit, "Up All Night," along with fan-favorites What I Can t Put Down," "Missin You Crazy" and "When I've Been Drinkin." Pardi mixes traditional country sounds and rock.
June 10, 2016
Brandy Clark -
Big Day in a Small Town
Brandy Clark releases the follow-up to her very well received "12 Stories." Jay Joyce produced the 11 songs, which focus on people in her hometown of Morton, Wash. Clark has gained acclaim as a songwriter as well, having penned "Mama's Broken Heart" (Miranda Lambert), "Bigger Dig Two" (The Band Perry) and "Biscuits" (Kacey Musgraves).
Frankie Ballard -
Frankie Ballard releases his third album. The first single is "It All Started With a Beer.
June 3, 2016
The Lonely Heartstring Band -
Boston-based bluegrass band The Lonely Heartstring Band makes its debut. Four of the five band members of The Lonely Heartstring Band met while students at Bostons Berklee College of Music. They are the winners of the 2015 International Bluegrass Music Association's Momentum Award, and feature Charles Clements (bass & vocals), George Clements (guitar & lead vocals), Gabe Hirshfeld (banjo), Patrick M'Gonigle (fiddle, vocals), and Matt Witler (mandolin).
Maren Morris -
Texas artist Maren Morris makes her full-length debut. Morris, who has a hit single with "My Church," released an EP last year.
Dan + Shay -
Dan + Shay will try to avoid the sophomore slump on their new disc. "From the Ground Up" is the first single from the release. The song was written by the pair along with Chris DeStefano and co-produced by the duo's Dan Smyers and Scott Hendricks.
May 27, 2016
Dierks Bentley -
Dierks Bentley releases his eighth studio album. "Somewhere on a Beach" is the first single from the disc and went to number one. The disc, produced by Russ Copperman, contains 13 songs. Maren Morris helps out on "I'll Be the Moon."
Daniel Romano -
Canadian singer Daniel Romano releases the follow-up to "If I've Only One Time Askin'."
May 20, 2016
The Highwaymen -
The Highwaymen consisted of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. This release consists of three CDs and a DVD from a concert at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.YU. on March 14, 1980. The CDs include two from the Nassau concert and an audio disc with tracks recorded live at various Farm Aid Festivals.
Blake Shelton -
If I'm Honest
Blake Shelton releases his 10th studio album. Once again, Scott Hendricks produced the release, which contains 15 songs. They include the Top 10 single "Came Here To Forget," "Friends" from the film Angry Birds and the Gwen Stefani duet "Go Ahead And Break My Hear."
May 13, 2016
Al Scorch -
Circle Round the Signs
Chicago native Al Scorch makes his debut for Bloodshot. He follows in the wake of bands like The Avett Brothers on this set, which he produced with Neil Strauch. Scorch gives a bluesy/bluegrass take on Woody Guthrie's "Slipknot."
Darrell Scott -
Singer/songwriter Darrell Scott is out with his first CD since 2012's "Long Ride Home." Scott wrote most of the 14 songs, along with covering songs from Hank Williams, Townes Van Zandt and Johnny Cash. Guy Clark helps out with a narration, while Peter Rowan and John Cowan provide vocal support.
Jennifer Nettles -
Playing With Fire
Jennifer Nettles releases her second solo disc and first for Big Machine. "That Girl" came out in 2014 on Mercury Nashville. "Unlove You" was the first single from "Playing With Fire," but had failed to make much of a dent on the charts.
Various Artists -
The Music of Nashville, Season 4, Volume 2
The CD is in the latest in the series of releases from the TV show.
Rob Baird -
Wrong Side of the River
Rob Baird is a Memphis-born songwriter, who has spent time in Texas. This is the follow-up to 2012's "I Swear It's True." Baird writes for Carnival Music and has penned songs with Mark Nesler, Scooter Carusoe, Will Hoge and Gary Nicholson.
May 6, 2016
Cyndi Lauper -
Cyndi Lauper is best known as the voice behind "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" and "True Colors," but she's in for a change here. "Detour" is her first country disc, and the New York native covers some of her favorite country songs from the '40s, '50s and '60s. Among them are "Funnel of Love," "Heartaches by the Number," "I Fall to Pieces" and "Nightlife." The latter was written by Willie Nelson more than five decades ago, and he sings on Lauper's version. Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Jewel and Allison Krauss also lend their vocal talents.
Keith Urban -
Keith Urban releases his eighth studio disc. He has enjoyed two hits with "Break on Me" and "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16." Carrie Underwood helps out on "The Fighter," while Pitbull and Nile Rodgers are on "Sun Don't Let Me Down."
Mary Chapin Carpenter -
The Things That We Are Made Of
(Lambert Light/Thirty Tiger)
Cole Swindell -
You Should Be Here
After his debut album, "Cole Swindell,' comes the sophomore release. Swindell had 3 number 1 hits in 2015 and wrote chart toppers for Thomas Rhett, Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line. Swindell's new disc contains 13 songs.
April 29, 2016
AJ Croix -
(Creative Entertainment Network/RED)
Singer/guitarist AJ Croix recorded his disc in Kingston, N.Y. under the guidance of producer Malcolm Burn. This was Croix's third crowd-funded releases, who is from northern New Jersey.
The Jayhawks -
Paging Mr. Proust
The Jayhawks are Gary Louris, Karen Grotberg, Marc Perlman, Tim O'Reagan and Kraig Johnson on this 12-song set. Louris produced along with Tucker Martine, who has worked The Decemberists and Peter Buck of REM fame. The band goes beyond its alt.-country sound on this set.
Martina McBride -
Veteran singer makes her debut on the Big Machine Label Group subsidiary. The disc includes 10 songs with the title track the first single. Nathan Chapman, who produced Taylor Swift, and Dann Huff produced McBride.
April 22, 2016
Jason Wilber -
Jason Wilber, who sings and plays guitar for John Prine, returns with his ninth solo disc and first covers album. Songs from Leon Russell, David Bowie, Joni Mitchell, Pink Floyd, Stevie Wonder, the Rolling Stones, Prine and Graffiti6 are in the mix.
Michael Martin Murphey -
High Stakes Cowboy Songs VII
Michael Martin Murphey is out with 11 cowboy songs. The material includes Murphey's takes on Roger Creager's "I've Got The Guns" and Marty Robbins' standards "Running Gun" and "Master's Call."
April 19, 2016
Ashleigh Flynn -
The Low Arc of the Sun
Ashleigh Flynn goes the live root in this seven-song disc recorded on Dec. 21, 2014 at the Secret Society Ballroom in Portland, Ore.
April 15, 2016
Sturgill Simpson -
A Soldier's Guide to Earth
Kentucky native Sturgill Simpson, who is of the Waylon Jennings school of country, releases his third disc overall and first on a major label. The first single is , "Brace For Impact (Live A Little)." The release was written as a letter to his first child, who was born in the summer of 2014. Simpson produced the nine-song album, a departure since Dave Cobb produced his first two. His last release was the Grammy-nominated 2014 release, "Metamodern Sounds In Country Music."
The Hackensaw Boys -
Hackensaw Boys release only their third full-length studio disc since 2015. As usual, the boys mix it up sonically on the 11 songs. Larry Campbell produced the set.
Del McCoury -
Del and Woody
Del McCoury takes original lyrics from Woody Guthrie and puts them to music on his latest. The Del McCoury Band provides the musicianship on these dozen songs. McCoury produced the set. Guthrie's daughter, Nora, decided to ask McCoury to add the music after seeing him at the Newport Folk Festival in 2009.
Reagan Boggs -
Virginia native Reagan Boggs recorded the 13-songs in East Nashville. The disc is the follow-up to her "Quicksand" CD. She covers country and Americana music.
Lizanne Knott -
Lzanne Knott sings about love, loss and redemption songs in a mix of Americana, Delta Blues, New Orleans soul and country. The release is the follow-up to her 2013 set, "Standing in the English Rain."
Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers -
Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers release an all-gospel disc, which Mullins produced in Nashville. The title track was penned by Dolly Parton.
April 8, 2016
Sammy Walker -
Brown Eyed Georgia Darlin'
Singer-songwriter Sammy Walker was Influenced by the folk and country sounds of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie and Hank Williams. Walker emerged in the mid-1970s with two albums for the Folkways label and two albums for Warner. This disc contains 10 demos from a self-titled 1976 release.
Hayes Carll -
Lovers and Leavers
(Hwy 87/Thirty Tigers)
Hayes Carll releases his first album in almost five years. The disc contains 10 songs, including "The Magic Kid," which is about his son. The focus on the Joe Henry-produced release is Carll's plain spoken vocals and lyrics.
Kristy Cox -
Part of Me
Bluegrass singer Kristy Cox, who hails from Australia, offers 11 songs in a disc produced by Jerry Salley. Mike Bub of Del McCoury's band offers upright bass on the set.
Kelley McRae -
"The Wayside" is the fifth release from Kelley McRae, who merges folk and country sounds. McRae's vision was helped by co-writer, guitarist and husband Matt Castelein, whose guitar work and vocal harmonies dot the 11-song CD. Recorded in Vancouver, Canada, Canadian producer Roy Salmond also played keys, bass and percussion on several tracks. Other players included Jon Andersen on lap and pedal steel and Spencer Capier on violin, mandolin and the traditional Greek bouzouki.
April 1, 2016
Levi Hummon -
Levin Hummon releases his debut EP, a five-song set. Hummon, who grew up in Nashville, had a hand in writing four of the songs. He also helped write Steven Tyler's current single, "Red, White and You." Hummon's father, Marcus, has enjoyed some success as a songwriter.
Ashleigh Caudill -
Ashleigh Caudill tows the bluegrass line on her latest, which she co-produced with Jim Hurst.
Elephant Revival -
The Colorado-based band releases its sixth album. The band merges a combo of sounds including country and bluegrass. Elephant Revival consists of Bonnie Paine, Daniel Rodriguez, Bridget Law, Dango Rose and new band member Charlie Rose.
Town Mountain -
The Asheville, N.C.-based bluegrass band releases its fifth disc. Produced and engineered by Dirk Powell, the album was recorded in Powell's studio The Cypress House in Breaux Bridge, La. and mixed by Scott Vestal at Digital Underground in Greenbrier, Tenn. The band consists of Robert Greer on vocals and guitar, Jesse Langlais on banjo and vocals, Bobby Britt on fiddle, Phil Barker on mandolin and vocals and Nick DiSebastian on bass.
Matthew Barber & Jill Barber -
The Family Album
Matthew and Jill Barber are a brother/sister duo from Canada. The duo recorded these songs - they call it folk, but it borders on roots/country - in Toronto in 2015. Five of the songs are originals with the remaining six coming from the likes of Neil Young ("Comes a Time") and Townes Van Zandt ("If I Needed You").
Robbie Fulks -
Robbie Fulks returns to his southern roots with his ninth release. "Upland Stories" is partially based on Fulks' upbringing in North Carolina along with songs about life in Alabama (three songs are based on a trip author James Agree took to Alabama in 1936) and Virginia.
March 31, 2016
Big City Brian Wright -
(Big City Records)
Big City Brian Wright (not the singer/songwriter Brian Wright) has the pedigree as he is the brother of Adam Wright, and Alan Jackson happens to be his uncle. Wright has a bit of an Outlaw Country sound about him (he coveres "Lonesome, On'ry and Mean") along with Conway Twitty sounds.
March 25, 2016
Peter Wolf -
A Cure for Loneliness
Peter Wolf releases his eighth solo disc, and this one finds him opting for a more rootsy, Americana sound with country clearly part of the mix. He covers Moe Bandy's "It was Always So Easy (To Find an Unhappy Woman)."
Jason Paulson -
Crow River Ramble
Minnesota-based artist Jason Paulson tones it down on his latest. This is his third album and has a more acoustic feel than his other releases.
The Grahams -
Glory Bound Deluxe edition
(Creative Entertainment Network/RED)
The Grahams - the Texas duo of Alyssa and Doug Graham give "Glory Bound" a deluxe treatment with five new songs. John Fullbright, The Milk Carton Kids and The Watkins Family make special appearances.
Various Artists -
I Saw The Light (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
The official album of music from the Hank Williams film biography, directed by Marc Abraham and starring Tom Hiddleston ("Midnight in Paris," "The Avengers") as Hank Williams and Elizabeth Olsen ("Avengers: Age of Ultron," "Godzilla," "Martha Marcy May Marlene") as Audrey Williams, "I Saw the Light (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)" premieres several newly recorded interpretations of classic Hank Williams tracks, performed for the film by Tom Hiddleston and the Saddle Spring Boys.
Huddleston recorded "Hey Good Lookin'," "Move It On Over," "Jambalaya," "My Bucket's Got a Hole In It," "Why Don't You Love Me" and "Honky Tonkin'." The release also includes Eddy Arnold's "Anytime" (1949), The Delmore Brothers' "Field Hand Man" (1951), Jo Stafford's "The Tennessee Waltz" (1950), Jimmy Liggins' "That's What's Knockin' Me Out" (1951), Eartha Kitt's "Santa Baby" (1953), George Morgan's "Please Don't Let Me Love You" (1949) and Emmett Miller's "Lovesick Blues" (1925), a show tune made into a number one 1 by Williams in 1949.
Margo Price -
Midwest Farmer's Daughter
Margo Price is the first country signing to Jack White's label. Price recorded at Sun Studios, and mixed at Ardent Studios in Memphis. Produced by Alex Munoz, the songs were cut live to analog tape, with Price and her band working the night shift at Sun (7 p.m.-2 a.m.), after the museum had closed. The 10 cuts were basesd on events in Price's life - from her upbringing on a family farm in Illinois, to the musical community she has built around her in East Nashville.
Josh Williams -
Josh Williams, three-time IBMA Guitarist of the Year winner Josh Williams returns with his first album in more than six years with quite a story as well. Once a member of Rhonda Vincent's backing band, The Rage, drug and alcohol problems resulted in him getting the book. He continued on as the Josh Williams Band and finally entered rehab. He is back with Vincent. Williams recorded the disc at Nashville's Hilltop Studios with producer J.D. Crowe and engineer Steve Chandler. "Modern Day Man" is partly a tribute to his idols Keith Whitley and Tony Rice and the 1970s editions of Crowe's New South. The disc has far more of a country than bluegrass feel.
Terri Binion -
The Day After the Night Before
Orlando, Fla. resident Terri Binion releases her third CD. The disc comes in the wake of the death of her husband and both parents. Lucinda Williams and Shawn Colvin are reference points.
March 18, 2016
Lorrie Morgan -
A Picture Of Me - Greatest Hits & More
Lorrie Morgan puts out a second disc about five weeks after her first album in five years. This greatest hits effort includes re-recordings of hits like "Five Minutes," Except For Monday" and "What Part of No" plus unreleased songs. A total of 16 songs are on the Matt Legge produced release.
Lonesome River Band -
Bridging the Tradition
Bluegrass band Lonesome River Band began 34 years ago and dishes out a dozen-song disc. Sammy Shelor leads the group on banjo. LRB also consists of lead vocalists,Brandon Rickman (guitar) and newest member Jesse Smathers (mandolin), Mike Hartgrove (fiddle) and Barry Reed (bass Session drummer Tony Creasman adds percussion .
Kane Brown -
Kane Brown, an Ogelthorpe, Ga. native, releases his major label debut. Brown, 22, wrote four of the five songs on the EP. he has gained airplay with "Used to Love You Sober," which he released independently. RCA is releasing it as the first single from this EP.
The Boxcars -
Familiar With The Ground
The Boxcars, the two-time IBMA Bluegrass Instrumental Band of the Year, return with an 11-song set. The lead off track "Lungs,"a cover of a Towns Van Zandt ballad, is sung by Keith Garrett. Sharing lead vocals on the disc is 11-time IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year, Adam Steffey. Vanjo and fiddle ace Ron Stewart also handles vocals. The band also includes newcomer Gary Hultman on resonator guitar and bassist Harold Nixon.
Various Artists -
(Low County Sounds/Elektra)
Producer Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson) put together a 10-song compilation based on the "White Mansions" album from 1978. Isbell, Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown and Brandy Clark are among the artists on the disc, which contains all new songs except "You Are My Sunshine" by Morgane Stapleton with Chris Stapleton..
Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots -
The Critics Give It 5 Stars
Bobby Bones is best known as host of the Bobby Bones Show, a syndicated country music radio show. He teams here with producer Eddie to release this disc on which they get help from friends like Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley.
Various Artists -
Wayfaring Strangers Cosmic American Music
The Numero label put out 19 songs from under the radar screen artists from the Seventies.
Sean Watkins -
What to Fear
Nickel Creek member Sean Watkins releases his fifth solo disc. "What to Fear" features 10 songs with sister Sara and Benmont Tench of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers fame helping out on keyboards. Watkins includes one instrumental, "Local Honey."
William Michael Morgan -
William Michael Morgan
William Michael Morgan, who has charted with his first single "I Met a Girl," releases a six-song EP. Morgan is a 22-year-old Vicksburg, Miss. native.
Richmond Fontaine -
You Can't Go Back If There's Nothing To Go Back To
(Fluff & Gravy)
Veteran Portland, Ore. band Richmond Fontaine calls it a day with its swan song release.The band has been around for two decades.
March 11, 2016
Randy Houser -
Randy Houser releases his fourth studio album, "Fired Up." The 17-song disc was once again produced by Derek George, who also produced his previous disc, "How Country Feels." The first single is "We Want." Houser had a hand in writing five of the songs.
March 8, 2016
Ted Russell Kamp -
Ted Russell Kamp releases an album consisting of six new studio tracks and six live recordings ruled from concerts and radio station visits. Some songs were co-written with friends at home at home in the L.A. country-rock scene (Kirsten Profit of Calico, David Serby), in Austin (Tony Scalzo of Fastball, Gordy Quist of The Band of Heathens) and in Nashville (Chris Tompkins). One song, recorded live in Finland, is a solo mandolin and vocal version of "Steady At The Wheel" which Kamp wrote for Shooter Jennings. Kamp was a member of Jennings' band.
March 4, 2016
The Brothers Comatose -
City Painted Gold
The Brothers Comatose release their third album. The band offers a southwestern-tinged, rowdy string band sound. Brothers Ben and Alex Morrison, guitar and banjo, and lead vocalists, who live in San Francisco, front the band, which includes bassist Gio Benedetti, Philip Brezina on fiddle and Ryan Avellone on mandolin.
Various Artists -
Dreamer A Tribute to Kent Finlay
Kent Finlay was the owner of the Texas country music club Cheatham Street music club in the Hill Country. He also was a songwriter. Finlay passed away at 77 in 2015, and this disc is a tribute to him and his songs. Artists on the compilation include Randy Rogers and Sunny Sweeney, William Clark Green, Walt Wilkins, Jon Dee Graham, Slaid Cleaves and James McMurtry.
Frank Solivan -
Family, Friends and Heroes
Frank Solivan stretches it out on the disc. he offers a slew of covers ranging from the lead-off "Pretty Woman" to "I Still Miss Someone" and "Leaving on a Jet Plane." While recorded as a solo disc, he gets help from his backing band mates Mike Munford and Chris Luquette. Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury, Rob Ickes and Jerry Douglas also provide support on the 14-song disc. Solivan's late mother, Lorene, provides vocals on "Wayfaring Stranger."
Loretta Lynn -
Loretta Lynn returns with her first disc since 2004's well-received "Van Lear Rose." Songs include a remake of "Fist City" along with "Every thing It Takes," featuring Elvis Costello, and the closing song, "Lay Me Down" with Willie Nelson aboard.
Sarah Borges -
Good and Dirty
Sarah Borges is out with a rough-and-tumble five-song EP produced by Eric Roscoe Amble.
Granger Smith -
Granger Smith releases his first full length on a major label. The disc includes all four songs on last year's "4 x 4" EP including the hit single "Backroad Song." The release also includes a few songs of Smith's alter ego, Earl Dibbles Jr.