August 28, 2015
Maddie & Tae -
Young singers Maddie & Tae made a splash with their kiss-off song to bro-country "Girl in a Country Song." They also followed it up with the single "Fly." This is their full-length debut.
August 14, 2015
Kip Moore -
Kip Moore finally releases his sophomore CD after a great deal of success with his 2012 debut, which contained "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck." Each song on the new 13-track disc was born on the road during soundchecks, backstage dressing rooms and in Moore's bunk at night and recorded during "time off" from playing more than 200 shows a year. Moore helped write every song, including the lead single "I'm to Blame."
August 7, 2015
Luke Bryan -
Kill the Lights
Luke Bryan puts out his second disc this year. after releasing his final spring break effort in March. The lead single from the new release is "Kick the Dust Up."
3 of Hearts -
Michael Ray releases his major label debut, which features the hit "Kiss You in the Morning." Ray was mentored by John Rich on "The Next: Fame Is at Your Doorstep," which he won. Ray, a Florida native, released a six-song EP in April.
July 24, 2015
Kasey Chambers -
Kasey Chambers expands her musical horizons on her latest. This is the first time she has recorded without brother/producer Nash Chambers. Nick DiDia produced what is Chambers' first solo disc in four years.
Ashley Monroe -
Ashley Monroe, part of the crop of more traditional country singers, is releasing her second album for Warner. Once again, Justin Niebank and Vince Gill produced. Monroe had a hand in writing 12 of the 13 songs, which are a bit less traditional than "Like a Rose," her well-received 2013 release.
Watkins Family Hour -
Watkins Family Hour
(Watkins Family Hour/Thirty Tigers)
This is the first disc of Watkins FamilyHour, although it is comprised of a bunch of musical veterans. The band features Sean and Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek fame, Fiona Apple, who has her own solo career, Benmont Tench of Tom Petty's band, the Heartbreakers, Greg Leisz, Sebastian Steinberg and Don Heffington. The disc is mainly comprised of covers of the likes of Harland Howard, Roger Miller, Bob Dylan and Gordon Lightfoot.
July 17, 2015
Alan Jackson -
Angels and Alcohol
Alan Jackson released his first studio album in three years of all new music. Jackson wrote 7 of the 10 tracks, including the self-penned track. His 15th studio album comes 25 years after his debut landmark album "Here In The Real World." His last release was "The Bluegrass Album," which dominated the bluegrass charts for months.
Jason Isbell -
Something More Than Free
Jason Isbell releases his fifth album, "Something More Than Free," an 11-song set. Dave Cobb, who also produced Isbell's previous album, "Southeastern," his breakthrough disc, once again is at the helm. The music is said to be Isbell's most musically diverse.
July 7, 2015
Tiffany Huggins Grant -
Tiffany Huggins Grant is an Atlanta-born, Nashville-based artist. The 12-song CD boasts 10 original songs. Mark Robinson, who also plays guitars oin the disc, produced the CD in Nashville.
June 30, 2015
Easton Corbin -
About to Get Real
Easton Corbin releases his third album almost three years after "All Over the Road" came out. The current single is "Baby Be My Love Song."
June 23, 2015
Canaan Smith -
Canaan Smith releases his debut disc after releasing an EP earlier this year. The 11-song album includes the hit single "Love You Like That." A Target exclusive release features two bonus tracks, "Gettin' Into" and "Fire." Brett Beavers, Jimmy Robbins and Ryan Tyndell produced the disc.
Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams -
Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams
Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, who were both part of Levon Helm's band besides being husband-and-wife, will release a self-titled disc. The 11-song release includes 8 originals and 3 covers. Campbell also gained acclaim as guitarist for Bob Dylan.
Kacey Musgraves -
Texas native Kacey Musgraves, who had a lot of success from her "Same Trailer Different Park" debut, returns with her second for the label and fifth overall, "Pageant Material." The disc was recorded live in one of the best old studios still standing - historic RCA Studio A. "BIscuits" is the first single from the set.
Corey Smith -
While the Gettin' Is Good
Corey Smith weaves together Americana, country and soulful/jazz vibes, which sometimes recalls Jason Mraz.
June 16, 2015
Yonder Mountain String Band -
This is the first release for Yonder Mountain String Band since the departure of Jeff Austin. The 10-song disc takes on more of a straight forward bluegrass feel instead of jam band.
Various Artists -
Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City
The CD coincides with an exhibition at the Country Music Hall of Fame. The disc traces the roles of Cash and Dylan in Nashville. The set is comprised almost entirely of previously released material from folks like The Byrds, Kristofferson, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.
The Lonesome Trio -
The Lonesome Trio
This the self-titled debut of the bluegrass trio. The group includes Ed Helms, best known for his work on The Office, along with fellow Oberlin friends Jacob Tilove and Ian Riggs.They play all instruments on the dozen-song disc produced by Gary Paczosa and the group. Their bluegrass is of the laidback variety.
The SteelDrivers -
The Muscle Shoals Recordings
Driving bluegrass band The SteelDrivers releases its fourth album. As the title indicates, the disc was cut in Muscle Shoals, Ala., the hometown of soulful music. The area happens to be the hometown of lead singer Gary Nichols. The band also includes fiddler and vocalist Tammy Rogers, banjoist Richard Bailey, mandolinist Brent Truitt, and bassist and singer Mike Fleming. Jason Isbell, a boyfriend friend of Nichols, co-produced 9 of the 11 tracks.
June 9, 2015
Laura Bell Bundy -
Another Piece of Me
Laura Bell Bundy is better known for being a TV and Broadway actress, but she is once again going the music route. The first single is "I Am What I Am." The disc includes 15 songs, 9 of which Bundy had a hand in writing. Bundy had a release in 2010 with "Achin and Shakin'"
Dale Watson -
Call Me Insane
Austin's purveyor of traditional country music, Dale Watson, continues to raise the flag on his latest. Lloyd Maines produced the disc, which includes "Jonesin' For Jones," a love song to the music of George Jones. Watson recorded the disc in Austin with his touring the, His Lone Stars: Don Pawlak on pedal steel; Mike Bernal on drums and percvussion and Chris Crepps on upright bass.
Big Country Bluegrass -
About three decades along, Big Country Bluegrass plays driving, traditional bluegrass. The sextet from southwest Virginia has released 17 albums, and this is their third for Rebel. The band includes Eddie Gill on guitar and lead vocals; Teresa Sells on guitar and lead vocals, Tim Laughlin on fiddle Lynwood Lunsford on banjo, Tony Sells on mandolin and Tony King on acoustic bass.
Montgomery Gentry -
Folks Like Us
Montgomery Gentry returns to action with this 10-song disc.
Sammy Kershaw -
I Won't Back Down
Sammy Kershaw mixes new songs with covers, including the title track.
A Thousand Horses -
A Thousand Horses, a quartet, mixes country, rock, blues and old school soul. The group has gained traction with its single "Smoke." The band is comprised of lead singer Michael Hobbs, guitarists Bill Satcher and Zach Brown and bassist Graham DeLoach. Dave Cobb (Jamie Johnson, Sturgill Simpson) produced.
The Deslondes -
The Deslondes, a New Orleans-based Americana band, makes its label debut on New West. The quintet put a dozen tracks on its release, which includes a cover of Joe Tex's "Yum Yum."
June 2, 2015
The Mike + Ruthy Band -
Bright As You Can
(Humble Abode/Thirty Tigers)
The Mike + Ruthy Band is comprised of Mike Merenda and Ruthy Ungar on lead vocals. they also are husband-and wife. Once upon a time, they were in the band The Mammals. Jacob Silver on bass, Konrad Meissner on drums and Charlie REose on pedal steel also are in the group.
Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard -
Django and Jimmie
Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson team up again for a duets disc. of 14 songs produced by Buddy Cannon. they also tackle the other's songs. Nelson sings the Hag's "Somewhere Between," while Haggard covers Nelson's "Family Bible." The two co-wrote four songs: "Alice In Hulaland," "It's Only Money," "Where Dreams Come To Die," and "Driving The Herd."
Greg Trooper -
Live at the Rock Room
Veteran roots rocker Greg Trooper recorded this live set at The Rock Room in Austin. He is accompanied by Jack Saunders on upright bass and Chip Dolan on keyboards and accordion.
Billy Currington -
Billy Currington's new disc includes a dozen songs. The first single was "Don't It." Currington had a hand in writing one of the songs. The title track was penned by Cole Swindell, Jaren Johnston of The Cadillac Three, Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line and Jesse Frasure.
Claire Holley -
Time in the MIddle
Mississippi-born and Los Angeles-based singer Claire Holley releases her ninth album. She wrote 10 of the 11 songs with a cover of Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds" starting the disc.
The Hillbenders -
Tommy A Bluegrass Opry
"Tommy," the rock opera from The Who, receives a bluegrass tribute from Springfield, Mo.-based bluegrass band The Hillbenders. The project was conceived by Louis Jay Meyers, who helped co-found SXSW.
May 28, 2015
Woody Pines -
(Muddy Roots Records)
Woody Pines combines country blues, folk, country and Appalachian sounds on this 11-song disc. Pines is based in Nashville, where he recorded the disc. Woody Guthrie was an influence on Pines, who used to tour in Gill Landry's (OId Crow Medicine Show) jug band.
May 26, 2015
John Anderson -
John Anderson releases his first album in nine years on his own label. Anderson wrote or co-wrote 12 of the 13 tracks and produced with long-time friend and producer Joe Spivey.
Eilen Jewell -
Sundown Over Ghost Town
Eilen Jewell returned to her home state of Idaho from Boston to record her new disc. She describes the disc as being autobiographical.
May 21, 2015
The Railsplitters -
The Faster It Goes
The Railsplitters is a Colorado-based quintet that uses bluegrass as a touchstone. the band won first place in Rockygrass' Best New Band Competition. This is their sophomore release.
May 19, 2015
Banditos is originally from Alabama with the sextet now living in Nashville.May Beth Richardson is the lead singer, and she sounds like she's listened to Janis Joplin. Stephen Alan Pierce II and Timothy Steven Corey Parsons also take lead vocals. This is their debut for the label.
The Grahams -
(Creative Entertainment Network)
The Grahams are a Texas-based husband-and-wife duo, Alyssa and Doug Graham. Among those helping out on the dozen song effort are John Fullbright, Byron Berlin of the Flying Burrito Brotherse
Brantley Gilbert -
Just As I Am: Platinum Edition
Brantley Gilbert releases the third edition of this disc. The Platinum contains five new songs, three more than the deluxe version.
The Milk Carton Kids -
"Monterey" is The Milk Carton Kids' third album and the follow-up to their 2013 breakthrough "The Ash & Clay." The duo won Group of the Year at the 2014 Americana Music Awards. Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan wrote and recorded Monterey on stages - concert halls, churches and theaters across North America - while their ability to randomly toss off a wisecrack or a self-deprecating aside just as easily brings the Smothers Brothers to mind.
Christian Lopez Band -
West Virginia based Christian Lopez Band makes his full-length debut. Produced by Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson), Onward features 10 original songs written by Lopez, 19. Lopez plays piano and guitars on the disc.
Logan Mize -
Pawn Shop Guitar - EP
Logan Mize is out with his debut, a four-song EP. Produced by Jim Catino, Ryan Gore, and Mize, the EP was entirely co-written by Mize and includes his current single, "Can't Get way from a Good Time."
Jon Pardi -
The B Sides, 2011-2014
Jon Pardi has enjoyed some success with his debut disc, "Write You a Song," and now he's back with a six-song EP, "The B Sides, 2011-2014." Pardi co-produced and co-wrote all of the songs.
Kelsea Ballerini -
The First Time
Kelsea released an EP as a prelude to the full-length. She also has secured a hit single for herself with "Love Me Like You Mean It."
The Malpass Brothers -
The Malpass Brothers
The Malpass Brothers are Goldsboro, N.C.'s Christopher and Taylor Malpass, who both sing lead and harmony vocals. Doyle Lawson of bluegrass fame produced the traditional country disc. The disc consists mainly of covers of the likes of Willie Nelson ("Hello Walls"), Marty Robbins ("Begging to You") and Hank Williams ("Baby, We're Really in Love")
May 12, 2015
Della Mae -
Now down to a quartet, Della Mae brings its brand of country and bluegrass sounds out on its second disc. Celia Woodsmith on vocals and guitar, Kimber Ludiker on fiddle and vocals, Jenni Lyn Gardner on mandolin and vocals and Courtney Hartman on guitar, banjo and vocals comprise the band. Bassist Shelby Means left last year.
Levi Lowrey -
My Crazy Head
Levi Lowrey is best known for being the co-writer on Zac Brown Band's CMA Awards nominated song, "Colder Weather," but Lowrey also has his own career going. This is his third release and contains 10 songs. His wife, Stephanie, sings with him on the closing "Young and Free."
The Lonesome Band -
The Lonesome Band is an Austin-based band making its debut. Lead vocalist and guitarist Sam Whips Allison is a cross between Robert Earl Keen and Social Distortion's Mike Ness.
Sour Bridges -
Sour Bridges is an Austin-based quintet played bluegrass, "only dirtier," they say on their web site. The band is Bill Pucci (vocals, banjo, guitar), Matt Pucci (vocals, mandolin, lead guitar), Kat "Mama Kat" Wilkes (fiddle), Dalton Chamblee (drums) and Jack Bridges (vocals, bass guitar). This is the group's third release.
Lord Huron -
Lord Huron is really Ben Schneider, a Michigan native, who started off by playing solo, but has gradually added band members. "Strange Trails' is based on dreams Schneider has had.
The Honey Dewdrops -
The Honey Dewdrops is comprised of Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish, who sound a lot like Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. The duo, who are aided by a band here, are Virginia-born and Baltimore-based.
Vince Matthews and Jim Casey -
The Kingston Springs Suite
(Delmore Recording Society)
Recorded in 1972 by the late Vince Matthews and Jim Casey with the help of Johnny Cash, Shel Silverstein, Kris Kristofferson and "Cowboy" Jack Clement, the album has been hidden in the vaults until now. Matthews and Casey had their songs were recorded by Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Gordon Lightfoot, and Sammi Smith. They were part of the outlaw movement. The disc paints a clear picture of a town's life and residents like blacksmith Vernon Newsom ("Mr. Soul") and "Mr. Sam" The Railroad Man.
Nashville (TV show) -
The Music of Nashville: Season 3, Volume 2
This marks the sixth release of a soundtrack album from the television show. the regular disc consists of 18 songs with a Target exclusive including 2 more. Buddy MIller produced the music.
Jimmy LaFave -
The Night Tribe
Jimmy LaFave's latest release includes 13 tracks recorded at Cedar Creek Recording in Austin. The Texas native, 59, has been recording music for more than 35 years.
Maura Kennedy -
The Songs of Maura Kennedy & B.D. Love
Maura Kennedy is usually found being one half-of The Kennedys with husband Pete.Love is a California author and poet. He wrote the lyrics for these songs, while Kennedy handled the music.
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell -
The Traveling Kind
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell are teaming up again for "The Traveling Kind." The disc is the follow-up to 2013's "Old Yellow Moon." Joe Henry produced the 11 songs, 6 of which were penned by Harris and Crowell
May 5, 2015
Shelby Lynne -
I Can't Imagine
Shelby Lynn makes her label debut with her 13th studio album. Comprised of 10 new songs written or co-written by Lynne, the disc sonically covers Southern soul, Crescent City R&B, and California country & western. Lynne recorded the album at Dockside Studio in Maurice, La. As she has on four of her last five albums (the exception being the 2008 Dusty Springfield tribute "Just a Little Lovin'," helmed by the late Phil Ramone), Lynne produced the new album herself.
May 3, 2015
Chris Stapleton -
Chris Stapleton has been known as a songwriter and for being the soulful lead vocalist of The SteelDrivers. now, he's on his own with his solo debut. Stapleton often goes bluesy and soulful.
April 28, 2015
Zac Brown Band -
Jekyll + Hyde
(Southern Ground/John Varvatos Records/Big Machine Label Group/Republic)
Zac Brown Band is off to early success as its single "Homegrown" is its highest charting debut. The band is singer/guitarist Zac Brown, violinist/singer Jimmy De Martini, multi-instrumentalist/singer John Driskell Hopkins, guitarist/organist Coy Bowles, multi-instrumentalist/singer Clay Cook, drummer Chris Fryar, percussionist Daniel de los Reyes and bassist Matt Mangano.
Tyler Farr -
Suffer in Peace
Tyler Farr releases his sophomore disc, which contains the hit "A Guy Walks Into a Bar." Farr, a Missouri native, wrote 3 of the 11 songs.