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February 10, 2015

Blackberry Smoke - Holding All the Roses (Rounder)
Georgia-based Blackberry Smoke makes its label debut after being on Zac Brown Band's Southern Ground label. Brendan O'Brien, who has worked with Pearl Jam, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen, produced the dozen song disc.

December 9, 2014

Carrie Underwood - Greatest Hits: Decade #1 (Sony Nashville)
Carrie Underwood's greatest hits collection features 25 songs, including "Something in the Water," her latest hit. Seven of the songs have not appeared on any album. Three were working session recordings of "So Small," "Mama's Song" and "Last Name."

November 17, 2014

Old 97's - Hitchhike to Rhome: 20th Anniversary Reissue (Omnivore)
The release is a a reissue of The Old 97's CD on its 20th anniversary. A second bonus disc is included of demo recordings plus previously unreleased tracks.

Trisha Yearwood - PrizeFighter: Hit after Hit (Sony Music Nashville)
This is the 12th studio album from Trisha Yearwood and her first in seven years. This also is Yearwood's debut with the label. The disc contains 10 hits and 6 new songs. The title track is the first single.

Various Artists - While No One Was Watching: Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records (Bloodshot)
Upstart Chicago label Bloodshot Records has enjoyed a roster including Ryan Adams, the Waco Brothers, Bottle Rockets, Justin Townes Earle and many more. On this 2-CD, 38-song collection, they have other artists (among them, Blitzen Trapper, CHuck Prophet, Shakey Graves, Two Gallants, Frank Turner) covering songs of Bloodshot artists.

November 11, 2014

Gene Clark - Two Sides to Every Story (High Moon)
The late Gene Clark was a member of The Byrds, but he also forged a solo career. This release is a reissue of a long out-of-print CD he put on the RSO record label. The release also contains a bonus disc.

November 10, 2014

Johnnyswim - A JOHNNYSWIM Christmas (Big Picnic)
JOHNNYSWIM, the duo of Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez, release a quiet seven-song holiday season EP that focuses on their vocal interplay. Their sound recalls The Civil Wars.

Zac Brown Band - Greatest Hits...So Far (Southern Ground)
Zac Brown Band reprises 14 hits ranging from "Chicken Fried" to "Sweet Annie." No new songs are contained in the release.

Garth Brooks - Man Against Machine (Sony Nashville/Pearl)
Garth Brooks returns with his first album in 13 years. The disc contains 14 songs, including the first single "People Loving People." Brooks covers a variety of genres from two-step to cowboy music to soulful songs, but there's no hick country or bro country here.

November 4, 2014

Over the Rhine - Blood Oranges in the Snow (Great Speckled Dog)
The husband-and-wife duo that is Over the Rhine - Linkford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist - offer eight songs dealing [with winter and the holiday season. They wrote or co-wrote five of the nine songs and produced the music. Eric Heywood helps out on pedal steel, Jay Bellerose on drums and Jennifer Condos on bass. Over the Rhine also covers Merle Haggard's "If We Make It Through December."

Various Artists - Christmas With Nashville (Big Machine)
The folks on the "Nashville" TV show put their vocals on a dozen holiday favorites. Claire Bowen sings "Santa Baby," while Charles Esten does "Blue Christmas" featuring Vince Gill.

November 3, 2014

Ronnie Fauss - Built to Break (Normaltown/New West)
Dallas-based Ronnie Fauss releases his second disc. Old 97's Rhett Miller helps out on "Eighteen Wheels."

Maddie & Tae - Maddie & Tae (Dot)
Maddie & Tae are Maddie Marlow and Taylor Dye, both 19. They put out a four-song EP featuring the big hit "GIrl in a Country Song," a response to the bro country out there. They wrote the single with Aaron Scherz.

October 28, 2014

Darius Rucker - Home for the Holidays (Capitol Nashville)
Darius Rucker goes the holiday route with this dozen song release. The disc includes standard holiday fare along with "You're A Mean One, Mr Grinch" and "Candy Cane Christmas," a song penned by Rucker.

LeAnn Rimes - One Christmas Chapter 1 (Iconic Entertainment)
LeAnn Rimes offers her second serving of holiday favorites. The six-song disc contains classics and more unconventional seasonal offerings including "Silent Night," "Carol Of The Bells" and "I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas."

Little Big Town - Pain Killer (Capitol Nashville)
Little Big Town, with its heavy emphasis on multiple part harmonies, is out with its sixth release. Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook had a hand in writing 8 of the 13 tracks, including the hit "Day Drinking."

Jerry Lee Lewis - Rock & Roll Time (Vanguard)
Jerry Lee Lewis shows no signs of slowing down. The fireball rock and roller is back with 11 songs produced by Jim Keltner and Steve Bing.Lewis plays songs from the likes of Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, Jimmy Reed and Johnny Cash.

October 27, 2014

Stoney LaRue - Aviator (eOne)
The Texas native-turned longtime Oklahoman has built a career in those two states. Frank Liddell and Mike McCarthy produced LaRue's disc with "First One to Know" the single.

Home Free - Full of Cheer (Columbia)
For the third time in its career, Home Free is releasing a Christmas album. The a cappella quintet is best known for winning The Sing-Off in 2013. The new disc contains 10 songs, including "Baby, It's COld Outside," featuring Kira Isabella.

Sam Hunt - Montevallo (MCA)
Sam Hunt has a hit out of the box with "Leave the Night On." This 10-song release is the follow-up to an EP released earlier this year.

October 21, 2014

Christmas Jug Band - Jugology Greatest Near Misses (Best Of...) (Globe)
This 19-song set is comprised of songs released on other holiday releases from 1985-2009 along with two new songs. Dan Hicks is part of the group and sang lead vocals on six of the songs. Norton Buffalo, ANgela Strehli, Maria Muldaur also sang lead vocals.

Larry Stephenson - Pull Your Savior In (Whysper Dream Music)
The Larry Stephenson Band goes the gospel route with "Pull Your Savior In." Kenny Ingram, Colby Laney, Danny Stewart, Jimmy Fortune, Aubrey Haynie, David Parmley and Dale Perry play on the 12-song disc.

October 14, 2014

Angaleena Presley - American Middle Class (Slate Creek)
Angaleena Presley steps out on her own, while gaining fame as one third of Pistol Annies, the group also featuring Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe. Presley, who hails from coal mining country in Kentucky, produced the dozen songs. Vocalists include Patty Loveless, Chris Stapleton, Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls) and father, Jimmy Presley, who opens the title track with a personal narrative.

Various Artists - An Americana Christmas (New West)
"An Americana Christmas" includes the likes of everyone from Emmylou Harris to Johnny Cash to Dylan, Yoakm and newcomer Ronnie Fauss. The disc features 16 songs including 6 brand new recordings exclusive to the collection. Included are The Common Linnets, one of Europe's biggest Americana acts having sold over 150,000 copies of their debut release across Europe and have contributed a brand new recording ("At Christmas Time").

Florida Georgia Line - Anything Goes (Big Machine)
The ultra-successful duo Florida Georgia Line releases the follow-up to their debut, "Here's to the Good Times." That featured the number one hits "Stay," "Get Your Shine On," "Round Here" and "Cruise." The new release features the hit "Dirt" and the second single "Sun Daze." The partying themes remain ever present.

The Xmas-Men - Santa Is Real (Rosetta)
The Xmas-Men is presented by Robert Earl Keen and records for his label. That would include members of his band - Rich Brotherton on guitar, Marty Muse on steel and resonator guitars, Bill Whitbeck on bass and Tom Van Schalk on drums. Floyd Domino is featured on Keen's Merry Xmas from the Family." The dozen songs - mainly standards - are almost all instrumentals

Maggie Bjorklund - Shaken (Bloodshot)
Danish pedal steel player Maggie Bjorklund releases her second disc. She has landed touring gigs with Jack White (and performed on his latest "Lazaretto"), X's John Doe and Exene Cervenka and Howe Gelb and recruited Mark Lanegan, Calexico's Joey Burns and John Convertino, John Auer (the Posies) for her 2011 debut. The new release consists of drummer Convertino, Barb Hunter on cello, Jim Barr (Portishead) on bass, John Parish (noted for his work as a singer/songwriter with PJ Harvey, Sparklehorse) on guitars/electric bass and production, and a featured guest vocal appearance by Kurt Wagner (Lambchop).

Chip Taylor - The Little Prayers Trilogy (Train Wreck)
Chip Taylor started this as a low-key project in his home studio in New York with the intent of making demos to guide Taylor in future recordings. While too quiet for airplay, Taylor decided to add more music to them. The result is a three-song set -labeled "Behind An Iron Door," "Love & Pain" and "Little Prayers."

Phil Leadbetter - The Next Move (Pinecastle)
Ace Dobro man Phil Leadbetter has been in JD Crowe & The New South, Wildfire, Grasstowne, and now is part of Dale Ann Bradley's band. Leadbetter was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2011 and after battling the disease for more than 1 1/2 years, he found himself back on stage with Dale Ann Bradley with a clean bill of health. He made a bucket list of musicians he wanted to record with, and this is the result. Joe Diffie, Shawn Camp, Sam Bush, John Cowan, Steve Wariner, Marty Raybon, Bela Fleck and Jerry Douglas are on the release.

The Swon Brothers - The Swon Brothers (Sony/Arista)
Oklahoma duo The Swon Brothers release their debut. Zach and Colton Swon grew up down the street from Carrie Underwood with whom they shared the stage.

Lonesome River Band - Turn on a Dime (Mountain Home)
Bluegrass band Lonesome River Band releases its first disc in four years. The group is led by five-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Banjo Player of the Year Sammy Shelor, vocalist and songwriter Brandon Rickman on guitar, Mike Hartgrove on fiddle, Barry Reed on bass and Randy Jones on mandolin and vocals.

October 7, 2014

Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn - Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn (Rounder)
Solo artists in their own right, banjo power couple and husband-and-wife Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn joined forces for their first release together. The disc is a front porch banjo and vocal album of new music, Appalachian murder ballads, gospel, chamber and blues; the culmination of a yearlong tour as a duo in 2013, following the birth of their son, Juno. Songs include "banjo banjo."

Doug Seegers - Going Down to the River (Rounder)
Doug Seegers makes his debut at the age of 62. Swedish singer Jill Johnson discovered him in a Nashville food pantry. The two subsequently recorded a duet that climbed to the top of the music charts in Sweden. Produced by Will Kimbrough (Todd Snider, Kate Campbell) at Nashville's Sound Emporium studios Buddy Miller and Emmylou Harris both are on the disc.

Shelby Lynne - I Am Shelby Lynne (Deluxe Version) (Rounder)
Shelby Lynne's "I Am Shelby Lynne" receives the deluxe edition CD/DVD treatment on its 15th anniversary. The disc includes the re-mastered full-length disc plus 6 previously unreleased bonus tracks from the original sessions and a 15-song, 90-minute concert from the House of Blues in Los Angeles from April 28, 2000.

Hal Ketchum - I'm the Troubadour (Music Road)
Hal Ketchum is best known for "Past the Point of Rescue" from ,but he returns with a 15-song disc. on a set produced by Texas singer/songwriter Jimmy LaFave. This the New York native's first release since 2008's "Father Time."

Chris Jones - Live at the Old Feed Store (GSM)
Chris Jones & The NIght Drivers go the live route with this CD recorded in Cobden, Ill. over two nights in July 2013. The band consists of Jones on guitar and lead vocals, Jon Weisberger on bass, Ned Luberecki on banjo and Mark Stoffel on mandolin. Jones' wife, Sally, provides harmony vocals on "Follow Your Heart."

Jason Aldean - Old Boots, New Dirt (Broken Bow)
Jason Aldean is back with his sixth CD, which features the different sounding number one single "Burnin' It Down." The disc contains 15 songs and is once again produced by Michael Knox.

Old Dominion - Old Dominion EP (Reesmack)
Old Dominion is a quintet that has been around for about 10 years. The Band Perry, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Chris Young, and Craig Morgan recorded songs by band members.

October 1, 2014

Farmer Jason - Christmas on the Farm with...Farmer Jason (Courageous Chicken)
Farmer Jason is also known as Jason Ringenberg, founder of the cow-punk band Jason & The Scorchers. This is a crowd-funded holiday collection geared towards children, but fine for adults as well.

September 30, 2014

Lady Antebellum - 747 (Capitol Nashville)
Lady Antebellum releases its fifth album led by the first single "Bartender." Nathan Chapman co-produced the 14-song disc.

Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers - Another Day From Life (Rebel)
Bluegrass band Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers release their fourth CD. The project is the first album to feature guitarist/lead singer Duane Sparks, an Indiana native.

Blake Shelton - Bringing Back the Sunshine (Warner)
BLake Shelton takes time off from The Voice to release this dozen song disc. "Neon Lights" is the first single from the release.

Lucinda Williams - Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone (Highway 20)
Lucinda Williams releases her first ever two-CD studio disc. The release was produced by Tom Overby, Greg Leisz and Williams.

Luke Winslow-King - Everlasting Arms (Bloodshot)
New Orleans resident Luke Winslow-King offers a variety of styles from jazz to blues on his latest.

Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White - Hearts Like Ours (Skaggs Family)
Ricky Skaggs and wife Sharon White team up for their first ever release. In 1987, the pair won a CMA Vocal Duo of the Year award for "Love Can't Ever Get Better Than This," but White was touring with her family band, The Whites, and Skaggs was on fire with his solo career, so releasing a full project wasn't possible at the time.

Pieta Brown - Paradise Outlaw (Red House)
PIeta Brown releases her sixth album. Produced by Brown with frequent collaborator and partner, Bo Ramsey, "Paradise Outlaw" was recorded in four days at Bon Iver mastermind Justin Vernon's April Base studio in Wisconsin with a supporting cast that includes Vernon, Amos Lee, Brown's father, singer Greg Brown and members of an experimental group of players she calls the Sawdust Collective. Paradise

Marty Stuart - Saturday Night/ Sunday Morning (Superlatone)
Marty Stuart and his backing band, the Superlatones, release a double CD set.

Hot Rize - When I'm Free (Ten in Hand Records)
Almost 25 years after its last release, bluegrassers Hot Rize return with "When I'm Free." The band consists of Nick Forster, Tim O'Brien, Bryan Sutton and Pete Wernick. Guitarist Charles Sawtelle died in 1999, being replaced by Sutton.

September 23, 2014

Big & Rich - Gravity (Big & Rich/Kobalt)
BIg & Rich formed their own label to put out their latest, which contains 11 songs. Tim McGraw is featured on "Lovin' Lately."

JP Harris and the Tough Choices - Home Is Where The Hurt Is (Cow Island)
JP Harris and the Tough Choices play traditional country music. This is the Alabama band's second disc for the western Massachusetts label. Chance McCoy (Old Crow Medicine Show), Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), and Nikki Lane help out on the 10-song release.

Lori McKenna - Numbered Doors ( Self-released)
Lori McKenna records an album inspired by the "lingering stories" of previous albums "Lorraine" and "Massachusetts." Long-time band member Mark Erelli produced the disc, which initially was slated to be a five-song EP.

Kenny Chesney - The Big Revival (Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville)
Kenny Chesney is out with his 17th release. Once again, Buddy Cannon produced. The disc is off to a good start as lead single "American Kids" is a hit. Grace Potter sings with Chesney on "Wild Child."

Lee Ann Womack - The Way I'm Livin' (Sugar Hill)
Former CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Lee Ann Womack finally returns after a seven-year gap. She has switched labels as well going from the majors (MCA Nashville) to the indie. Frank Liddell, who also is Womack's husband, produced the disc, which contains traditional country. Womack's songs include those penned by Bruce Robison, Julie Miller, Hayes Carll and Chris Knight along with Neil Young.

Imelda May - Tribal (Decca)
Imelda May is a rockabilly filly from Ireland with a lot more sounds than that. This is her third U.S. release. May combines rockabilly, blues, surf guitar sounds and a punky quality as well in an album she co-produced with Dave Crossey.

Josh Abbott Band - Tuesday NIght EP (Atlantic)
Josh Abbott Band makes it label debut. The five-song EP features five original Josh Abbott Band songs. Abbott, from Texas, started the band in 2006. The group includes Preston Wait (fiddle, guitar), James Hertless (bass), Caleb Keeter (guitar), Austin Davis (banjo) and Edward Villanueva (drums).

September 16, 2014

Jesse Winchester - A Reasonable Amount of Trouble (Appleseed)
Jesse Winchester releases his swan song, having died in April. The title was taken from one of Winchester's favoritetbooks and movies , "The Maltese Falcon." Mac McAnally produced the dozen songs.

Monica Heldal - Boy From the North (Warner Brothers Norway)
Monica Heidal is a folk artist from Norway making her debut. Influences include Nick Drake, Emmylou Harris, the Irish blues artist Rory Gallagher, and acoustic segments from Led Zeppelin's portfolio.

Various Artists - Dead Man's Town: A Tribute To Born In The U.S.A. (Lightning Rod)
Jason Isbell, Holly Williams and the North Mississippi All Stars are among the artists who pay tribute to Bruce Springsteen on the 30th anniversary of "Born in the U.S.A." Nicole Atkins, Justin Townes Earle, Blitzen Trapper, Joe Pug and Trampled by Turtles also give their takes on the Boss.

Tim McGraw - Sundown Heaven Town (Big Machine)
Tim McGraw releases his 13th album, which produced two singles in advance of its release: "Lookin' for That Girl" and "Meanwhile Back at Mama's," which features backing vocals from McGraw's wife, Faith Hill. McGraw produced the album with Byron Gallimore, who has produced all of his albums.

George Strait - The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium (MCA Nashville)
George Strait played his last concert on June 7 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas with a bunch of friends in the house. The result is a 20-track live album recorded at his The Cowboy Rides Away Tour finale. Jason Aldean, Ray Benson, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert and Martina McBride showed up to sing with Strait.

The Earls of Leicester - The Earls of Leicester (Rounder)
The Earls of Leicester, spearheaded by Jerry Douglas, pay home to Flatt & Scruggs with this 14-song collection of F&S songs. The other earls are Charlie Cushman on banjo, Tim O'Brien on mandolin, Barry Bales on bass, Johnny Warren, son of longtime F&S fiddler Paul Warren, on fiddle and singer Shawn Camp.

Sid Griffin - The Trick is to Breathe (Prima)
Sid Griffin, known for being the leader of The Long Ryders, is out with his first solo disc in a decade. The release contains a dozen pieces, including 10 Griffin originals and a spoken poem.

Jerry Douglas, Mike Auldridge and Rob Ickes - Three Bells (Rounder)
"Three Bells"maks a collaboration of Dobro aces Jerry Douglas,Mike Auldridge and Rob Ickes.This was their first work together since 1994's"The Great Dobro Sessions." The new released marked the final recordings of Auldridge, who died on Dec. 28, 2012, shortly after the recordings were completed. The disc contains 11songs including at least one by each artist.

Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice - Trouble Follows Me (Rebel)
Junior Sisk, IBMA vocalist of the year in 2013, continues splitting hairs between country and bluegrass music on these dozen songs. The band includes Jason Davis on banjo, Billy Hawks on fiddle, Jonhnathan Dillon mandolin and Jason Tomlin on bass.

September 9, 2014

Lee Brice - I Don't Dance (Curb)
The title track is the lead hit single from the disc from Lee Brice.

Justin Townes Earle - Single Mothers (Vagrant)
After two and a half years since his last release, Justin Townes Earle is back with his fifth studio disc and first for Vagrant. He adopts a slowish country/blues bent.

Dustin Lynch - Where It's At (Broken Bow)
Dustin Lynch releases his sophomore effort, which contains the hit "Where It's At (Yep Yep)." The disc contains 15 songs.

September 8, 2014

Alabama - Angels Among Us Hymns & Gospel Favorites (Cracker Barrel)
Alabama - Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook - go the gospel route with this new collection. The deluxe version contains 15 songs, 3 more than the regular version. Band members had a hand in writing three of the songs and also produced the set.

September 2, 2014

Phillip Fox Band - Heartland (New Damn Book)
Ohio quartet Phillip Fox Band makes its debut with what it calls country fried rock and roll. The band launched an $18,000 Kickstarter campaign to fund the dozen-song CD.