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February 5, 2016

Lucinda Williams - The Ghosts of Highway 20 (Highway 20)

January 29, 2016

Sierra Hull - Weighted Mind (Rounder)
Sierra Hull releases her first disc in five years. Bela Fleck produced the disc and also plays banjo. Abigail Washburn and Allison Krauss guest on vocals.

December 11, 2015

Cam - Untamed (Sony Nashville)
California singer Cam releases her debut disc. Earlier this year, she released an EP teaser. She has since scored with the hitmaker, "Burning House.

November 20, 2015

Punch Brothers - The Wireless EP (Nonesuch)
The Punch Brothers release "The Wireless," a five-song EP. The songs were recorded during the T Bone Burnett-produced sessions for "The Phosphorescent Blues." The EP includes four originals, including a song with words by Gabriel Kahane, "Sleek White Baby," plus a cover of Elliott Smith's "Clementine." Four of the songs were on the vinyl edition of "The Phosphorescent Blues."

November 13, 2015

Chris Isaak - First Comes the NIght (Vanguard)
Chris Isaak releases his first album of new material in six years. Isaak recorded the dozen songs in Nashville.

Chris Young - I'm Comin' Over (RCA)
The title track of Chris Young's CD is the first single. Young helped write 9 of the 11 songs. He co-produced the disc, his fifth, with Corey Crowder.

November 6, 2015

Tim McGraw - Damn Country Music (Big Machine)
Tim McGraw releases his 14th studio album. The first single is "Top of the World." McGraw and long-time collaborator Byron Gallimore produced. A deluxe version will feature 14 songs, including 3 bonus tracks. One song features McGraw's daughter, Gracie.

Mark Kuykendall Bobby Hicks & Asheville Bluegrass - Down Memory Lane (Rebel)
Bobby Hicks and Mark Kuykendall join together to form the bluegrass band.

Alan Jackson - Genuine: The Alan Jackson Story (Sony Legacy)
Alan Jackson releases a three-CD set, which is part retrospective and part unreleased material.

Tawny Ellis - Ghosts of the Low Country The Muscle Shoals Sessioins ( Self-released)
Tawny Ellis releases a four-song EP with two originals and two covers. "Walkin After Midnight" closes out the EP, recorded in Muscle Shoals, Ala. in 2014. Ellis produced along with Gio Loria, who plays guitar, Dobro and bass. Ellis has released four CDs with this her second EP.

Maren Morris - Maren Morris (Sony Nashville)
Maren Morris, a Texas-bred artist, releases a five-song EP. The first single is "My Church." Morris previously released several albums on her own. On her latest, she mixes blues, hip country, reggae and more.

Old Dominion - Meat and Candy (RCA Nashville)
Old Dominion is a quintet comprised of veterans, who have written hits for the likes of The Band Perry ("Better Dig Two") and Tyler Farr ("A Guy Walks Into a Bar"). The band released an EP last year. They have a hit on their hands with "Break Up With Him."

Hunter Hayes - The 21 Project (Atlantic Nashville)
Hunter Hayes will release seven songs three different ways - acoustic, studio and live. He released most of these songs on his "21" EP earlier this year.

Jeff Crosby and the Refugees - Waking Days ( Self-released)
Idaho-born songwriter, singer, and guitarist Jeff Crosby has been writing songs and hitting the road playing Americana for the better part of the past 10 years. The Refugees are brother Andy Crosby (bass), Will Prescott (drums) and Dave Manion (pedal steel/ guitar).

November 4, 2015

Eric Church - Mr. Misunderstood (EMI Nashville)
Eric Church releases a surprise 10-song CD that he dropped to some fan club members the day before releasing it to the public. Church only finished recording the disc 30 days before releasing it. He recorded 18 songs in Nashville under the direction of producer Jay Joyce. His backing band played on the disc.

October 30, 2015

Chris Janson - Buy Me A Boat (Warner)
Chris Janson's hit single is the title track of his label debut.He had released it as an indie single, and the song took off.

Rhonda Vincent - Christmas Time (Upper Management)
Rhonda Vincent goes the holiday route on her latest release. She wrote four songs for the disc.

Drive-By Truckers - It's Great to Be Alive (ATO)
Drive-By Truckers go the live route with this lengthy 3-hour, 35-song set recorded at the Fillmore in San Francisco.

October 23, 2015

Various Artists - Cold and Bitter Tears: The Songs of Ted Hawkins (Eight 30)
The late street performer Ted Hawkins gets the tribute from the likes of James McMurtry, Kasey and Bill Chambers, Mary Gauthier and Sunny Sweeney.

The Cox Family - Gone Like the Cotton (Rounder)
The Cox Family started recording this disc in 1998 with Allison Krauss at the helm. But a change at their record label at the time, Asylum, eventually led to their departure and the failure to finish the disc. Until now. Krauss returned to produce. The Coxes are a bluegrass band from Louisiana.

Jimmy Fortune - Hits & Hymns (Gaither Music Group)
Jimmy Fortune of The Statler Brothers releases his own album of religious music. Vince Gill, Dailey & Vincent, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Isaacs, Ricky Skaggs, the Gaither Vocal Band and The Whites all help out on the 15-song disc.

Carrie Underwood - Storyteller (19 Recordings/Arista Nashville)
Carrie Underwood releases "Smokebreak" as the first single from her 13-song project. Jay Joyce, Mark Bright, and Zach Crowell produced the album, which is Underwood's fifth studio release. She had a hand in writing six of the songs.

10 String Symphony - Weight of the World (Poppychop)
10 String Symphony is 5-string fiddle players Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmyer, who are releasing their second disc. They also play with Kacey Musgraves.

October 16, 2015

Denny Lile - Hear the Bang: The Life and Music of Denny Lile (Big Legal Mess)

Pete Kennedy - Heart of Gotham ( Self-released)
Pete Kennedy, one-half of the duo The Kennedys, go out on his own for his first solo release. The 13 songs bare a resemblance to the jangly sound of his main gig.He played all instruments on the release, which is a paean to New York.

Charlie Daniels Band - Live at Billy Bob's Texas (CDB)
Charlie Daniels Band goes live at the Fort Worth music institution. This was released as a CD and DVD.

Edward David Anderson - Lower Alabama: The Loxley Sessions (Royal Potato Family)
Edward David Anderson returns with his second solo album. The nine-track effort is more stripped-down and roots-based for Anderson, who was in the midwest roots rock band Backyard Tire Fire. Anthony Crawford, former Neil Young and Steve Winwood bandmate and current member of Alabama alt.-country band, Willie Sugarcapps, produced. Together they worked at Crawford's Admiral Bean studio in the rural town of Loxley, Ala., close to the Gulf Coast where Anderson, a Bloomington, Ill. native, spends his winters writing and performing.

Stoney LaRue - Us Time (eOne)

October 9, 2015

Josh Thompson - Change: The Lost Record Vol. 1 (Ole)
Josh Thompson had a few hits back in 2010 and now releases his third album, although this is a six-song EP, which veers more towards the traditional.

Jason Boland & The Stragglers - Squelch (Proud Souls / Thirty Tigers)
Jason Boland & The Stragglers is one of those Texas country bands that makes a go of right inside the Lone Star State. This is Boland's 10th album.

The Infamous Stringdusters - Undercover EP (Lumenhouse)
The Infamous Stringdusters release a five-song covers EP.

October 8, 2015

Toby Keith - 35 mph Town (Show Show Nashville)
Toby Keith releases his 18th album, which recalls Merle Haggard. "Drunk Americans' was the first single.

Corb Lund - Things That Can't Be Undone (New West)
Canadian singer Corb Lund went south of the border - to Nashville - to record the 10-song collection. Dave Dobb (Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton) produced atr his Nashville studio. This is Lund's first studio release in three years. Once again, he recorded with his long-time band The Hurtin' Albertans.

Jana Kramer - thirty one (Elektra/Nashville)
Jana Kramer, who gained fame as a television actress, finally releases her second album. She had a hit in 2012 with "Why Ya Wanna." The lead single from the new disc is "I Got the Boy."

October 3, 2015

The Buck Stops Here - The Buck Stops Here ( Self-released)
The Buck Stops Here is a female Americana quartet playing old-time fiddle tunes with driving bluegrass banjo to introspective originals with percussion and four-part harmonies. Members are from Florida, North Carolina, and Virginia. The disc contains 15 songs.

October 2, 2015

Blitzen Trapper - All Across This Land (Vagrant)
Blitzen Trapper of Portland, Ore. mixes rock and rootsier sounds on this 10-song release.

Mike and the Moonpies - Mockingbird ( Self-released)
Mike and the Moonpies is an Austin-based sextet led by lead singer Mike Harmeier. He wrote all the songs and co-produced with Michael Kincaid. This is the band's third album.

Flatt Lonesome - Runaway Train (Mountain Home)
Flatt Lonesome, the IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year in 2014, releases its third album. The first song going to radio is "You'll Pay," an original from banjo layer Paul Harrigill and Danny Roberts, who helped produce the disc from the sextet. The band features three part sibling harmonies from Charli, Kelsi and Buddy Robertson.

Bottle Rockets - South Broadway Athletic Club (Bloodshot)
Long running band Bottle Rockets recorded this disc in their hometown of St. Louis for the first time. They again worked with longtime producer Eric "Roscoe" Ambel

Kinky Friedman - The Loneliest Man I Ever Met (Avenue A)
Kinky Friedman returns with his first studio album since 1983. He offers no new material, but, instead, re-records previous songs and covers.

September 28, 2015

Ron Block - Hogan's House of Music ( Self-released)
Acoustic guitarist steps out on his own, while still a member of Alison Krauss' Union Station. Krauss helps out along with fellow Union Station member Jerry Douglas. Block produced the 16-song set.

September 25, 2015

Mac McAnally - A.K.A. Nobody (Mailboat)
Mac McAnally has been known for his session work, being a member of Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band and as a songwriter. He's back out on his own again, recording-wise anyway, on this 15-song set.

Don Henley - Cass County (Capitol)
The Eagles drummer Don Henley releases his first solo disc in 15 years. Dolly Parton sings with Henley on "When I Stop Dreaming," a song from the Louvin Brothers. Mick Jagger and Miranda Lambert offer their help on "Bramble Rose," the lead-off song. Martin McBride, Merle Haggard, Trisha Yearwood and Lee Ann Womack also help out Henley.

George Strait - Cold Beer Conversation (MCA Nashville)
George Strait releases a surprise disc, "Cold Beer Conversation," having only announced it three days before its release. He co-produced the disc with Chuck Ainlay. Strait also wrote several songs, including with son, Bubba. The title track is the first single.

Clint Black - On Purpose (Black Top)
Clint Black releases his first studio album in more than 10 years. He sings with his wife, Lisa Hartman Black, on "You Still Get To Me," their third song together.

Jim Lauderdale - Soul Searching (Sky Crunch)
Jim Lauderdale is in a highly prolific period during his long career as a performer and songwriter. This is a two-CD set with the first one entitled "Vol. 1 Memphis" and the second "Vol. 2 Nashville." That encapsulates the sounds found on either CD. Each contains 13 songs. Both albums feature Luther and Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars playing. Luther produced both with Lauderdale. Boo Mitchell helped produce "Memphis" as well.

Thomas Rhett - Tangled Up (Valory Music)
Thomas Rhett releases his second disc after a very successful, hit-laden debut. The sophomore effort contains 13 songs, including the single "Crash and Burn."

Vickie Vaughn Band - Vickie Vaughn Band ( Self-released)
The Vickie Vaughn, a quintet, offers six songs on its EP produced by Ronnie McCoury and the band. The group wrote four of the six songs, which are bluegrass and country.

September 18, 2015

Lucero - All a Man Should Do (ATO)
Lucero chugs along with a dozen albums to their credit in 15 years. The septet, led by lead vocalist Ben Nichols, worked with producer Ted Hutt (Old Crow Medicine Show, Flogging Molly) for a third time at Memphis' Ardent Studios on this 10-song release.

Home Free - Country Evolution (Columbia)
Home Free, the quintet and winners of NBC s "The Sing-Off" Season 4, release their third disc. The album features their trademark tight harmonies is produced by longtime collaborator Darren Rust. The disc features 11 tracks and special guests Charlie Daniels and the Oak Ridge Boys.

Dave and Phil Alvin - Lost Time (Yep Roc)
Dave and Phil Alvin continue making music together after last year's successful tribute to Big Bill Broonzy. This is their second release together. They cover James Brown's "Please Please Please."

Joe Ely - Panhandle Rambler (Rack 'Em)
Texas country mainstay Joe Ely releases his ninth disc, once again on his own label.Ely produced the disc with contributions from the likes of Lloyd Maines on slide guitar, Joel Guzman on keyboards, accordion, David Holt and Kenny Vaughn on guitar and Warren Hood on fiddle.

Alabama - Southern Drawl (BMG)
Alabama releases its first full-fledged studio effort since 2001's "When It All Goes South." The disc contains 13 songs

Turnpike Troubadours - Turnpike Troubadours (Bossier City)
Turnpike Troubadours, a Red Dirt music band from Oklahoma, release their fourth album.

September 11, 2015

Brett Eldredge - Illinois (Atlantic Nashville)
Brett Eldredge releases his sophomore album and pays homage to his home state. The disc contains the hit "Lose It All."

Jewel - Picking Up the Pieces (Sugar Hill)
Jewel releases her 12th disc and gets personal in songs about her life, partially in the wake of the end of her marriage. She produced the disc, which contains contributions from Dolly Parton and Rodney Crowell.

September 4, 2015

The Karpinka Brothers - You Can Count On Me ( Self-released)
The Karpinka Brothers are a quartet hailing from north of the border. they do include Shawn and Aaron Karpinka plus Malcolm Whyte and Dean Summach.They play roots and folk music with a nod to The Decemberists.

August 28, 2015

David Ramirez - Fables (Thirty Tigers)
David Ramirez occupies the Americana sounds purveyed by Joe Pug and Noah Gunderson. in fact, Gunderson produced the set, which was recorded in Seattle, of the Austin-based singer/songwriter.

Whitney Rose - Heartbreaker of the Y ear (Cameron House)
Canadian singer Whitney Rose releases her second disc and occupies a traditional sound. She was aided by The Mavericks as Raul Malo produced. He also plays on the disc along with Paul Deakin on drums and Jerry Dale McFadden on piano and organ. Rose wrote 8 of the 10 songs, except for covers of "Be My Baby" and "There's a Tear in My Beer," made famous by Hank Williams.

Steep Canyon Rangers - Radio (Rounder)
Steep Canyon Rangers releases its ninth studio album. Members Woody Platt (guitar), Graham Sharp (banjo), Charles R. Humphrey III (bass), Mike Guggino (mandolin), Nicky Sanders (fiddle) and Mike Ashworth (box kit) are also known for collaborations with Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. Dobro ace Jerry Douglas, a member of Alison Krauss' band, produced the disc, which was recorded at Asheville, N.C.'s Echo Mountain Recording Studio. The album's 12 all-original bluegrass/ Americana tracks were written by Sharp, Humphrey, Platt and Guggino in varying degrees plus a few co-writes with fellow musicians including Phil Barker of the Carolina bluegrass band Town Mountain.

Maddie & Tae - Start Here (Big Machine)
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, which was produced by Dann Huff (Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban). The disc employs a lot of country instrumentation on songs marked by the vocal harmonies of Maddie & Tae.

August 27, 2015

Low Lily - Low Lily ( Self-released)
The Boston-area trio releases a six-song EP.