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August 17, 2017

Loretta Lynn - Wouldn't It Be Great (Sony Legacy)
Loretta Lynn releases the second album of her Cash Cash Sessions. The disc includes new material along with takes on previously released material. Daughter Patsy Lynn Russell and John Cater Cash, Johnny's son, produced the 13-song set.

June 23, 2017

Banditos - Visionland (Bloodshot)
Banditos release their sophomore effort for Bloodshot.

June 9, 2017

Eli Young Band - Fingerprints (Valory)
Eli Young Band is back with its debut for the label. The release contains 11 songs, 8 of which the band had a hand in writing. Ross Copperman and Jeremy Stover co-produced the music.

Lady Antebellum - Heart Break (Capitol Nashville)
Lady Antebellum releases its sixth studio disc. The release comes after the band took a bit of break during which Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott released albums on their own.

The Secret Sisters - You Don't Own Me Anymore (New West)
The Secret Sisters - they really are sisters Laura and Lydia Rogers - make their debut for the label after previously having been on Universal. Brandi Carlile produced the dozen-song set.

May 26, 2017

Justin Townes Earle - Kids in the Street (New West)
Justin Townes Earle makes his label debut after spending most of his career on Bloodshot. This was the first disc Earle recorded outside of Nashville; he recorded in Omaha, Neb. under Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes). The release contains a dozen songs.

May 19, 2017

Lesley Kernochan - A Calm Sun (Maple Syrup Music)
West Coast artist Lesley Kernochan has been all over the musical map. She debuted with an a cappella creation "Undulating," went indie rock/pop/jazz on "The Pickle Jar," [iut out a children's album, "A Day in the Life of a Boogaleebo" and goes country/Americana on this 14-song release.

Pokey LaFarge - Manic Revelations (Rounder)
Pokey LaFarge, the pride of St. Louis, releases his eighth album containing 10 new songs.

The Two Tracks - Postcard Town ( Self-released)
The Postcard Tracks formed in 2014 in Sheridan, Wyo. This marks the band's sophomore outing, which was produced by Will Kimbrough. The band consists of Julie Szewc (guitar/vocals), David Huebner (cello, electric guitar, and vocals), Fred Serna (drums/percussion) and Russell Smith (upright bass).

May 12, 2017

Zac Brown Band - Welcome Home (Southern Ground)
Zac Brown Band releases the follow-up to 2015's "Jekyll + Hyde," which veered far more towards rock than country. The new disc is said to be a return to roots.

May 5, 2017

Various Artists - Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story - An Album to Benefit War Child (Sony Legacy)
Brandi Carlile's breakthrough disc, "The Story," receives tributes from the likes of Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, Margo Price and Adele. Parton covers "The Story." The release benefits a British organization helping children affected by conflict.

Chris Stapleton - From a Room, Volume 1 (MCA Nashville)
Chris Stapleton releases his second disc exactly two years after "Traveller," his surprisingly and hugely successful debut.

April 28, 2017

Old Crow Medicine Show - 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde (Columbia)
Old Crow Medicine Show does the tribute thing with an ode to Bob Dylan's classic release.

Willie Nelson - God's Problem Child (Sony Legacy)
Willie Nelson remains prolific. This is his ninth studio disc since 2012. The release includes seven songs he co-wrote with producer Buddy Cannon. Nelson pays tribute to late friend Merle Haggard on "He Won't Ever Be Gone."

John Mellencamp - Sad Clowns & Hillbillies (Republic)
Heartland rocker John Mellencamp releases his 23rd album. He receives help from Carlene Carter and Martina McBride on the 13-song effort. McBride sings on the single "Grandview." Mellencamp self-produced his album.

April 21, 2017

Charlie Worsham - Beginning of Things (Warner)
Charlie Worsham finally releases his sophomore album. He debuted in 2013 with "Rubberband," but failed to break any singles into the top 25. The Mississippi native's new disc will have 13 songs, 9 of which he had a hand in writing.

Brad Paisley - Love and War (Arista Nashville)

The Harmed Brothers - The Harmed Brothers (Fluff & Gravy)
he Harmed Brothers release its self-titled fourth full-length disc. The band consists of Ray Vietti and Alex Salcido.

Angaleena Presley - Wrangled (Thirty Tigers)
Angaleena Presley, one third of Pistol Annies, releases her second solo release. The Kentucky native scored with her 2014 debut, "American Middle Class," an indie solo release. She gained acclaim for being part of Pistol Annies with Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe. Her new release contains a dozen songs and helps help from the Annies on the opener, "Dreams Don't Come True." Chris Stapleton co-wrote "Only Blood" with Presley, while Guy Clark showed up on "Cheer Up Little Darling" to write and also to have the opening line.

April 14, 2017

Bailey Bryan - So Far (300 Entertainment/Warner Music Nashville)
Bailey Bryan, a 19-year-old Washington native, is out with her five-song debut. the disc includes the single "Own It." Bryan had a hand in writing all five songs. Dennis Matkosky produced the set.

Sam Outlaw - Tenderheart (Six Shooter)
Sam Outlaw returns with the 13-song follow-up to the disc that put him on the map "Angeleno." The North Dakota native, who lives in Los Angeles, co-produced the set once again with Martin Pradler. Outlaw - that's his real name - adopts a more traditional approach to his country.

Chris Shiflett - West Coast Town (SideOne Dummy)
Chris Shiflett's new solo album, "West Coast Town," was produced by Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton). Born in Santa Barbara, Cal. and now based in Los Angeles, Shiflett is the guitarist for Foo Fighters. He also is the creator and host of the weekly podcast, "Walking the Floor with Chris Shiflett," which features one-on-one interviews with a wide range of musical guests, writers, athletes, and artists, including Merle Haggard, Dwight Yoakam, Mike Ness, Steve Earle, John Doe, Sturgill Simpson.

April 7, 2017

The Wild Reeds - The World We Built (Dualtone)
A Los Angeles-based quintet, The Wild Reeds' sound is highlighted by the interweaving vocal harmonies of three front-women - Kinsey Lee, Sharon Silva and Mackenzie Howe - who swap lead vocal duties and shuffle between acoustic and electric instruments throughout. They are backed by a rhythm section of Nick Jones (drums) and Nick Phakpiseth (bass). This is their full-length debut after releasing an EP.

March 31, 2017

The Mavericks - Brand New Day (Mono Mundo)
The Mavericks release an independent studio disc six months after putting out a live recording. The 10 songs cover rock, Cuban jazz, folk, blues and rockabilly.

Doyle Lawson and Paul Williams - Chapter 3 (Mountain Home)
Bluegrass veterans Doyle Lawson and Paul Williams team up for the third time. The two played together decades ago as members of Jimmy Martin and his Sunny Mountain Boys.

Rodney Crowell - Close Ties (New West)
Rodney Crowell releases his first CD since "Tarpaper Sky." He gets help from ex-wife Rosanne Cash and Willie Nelson harmonica player Mickey Raphael on the disc along with Sheryl Crow.

Dailey & Vincent - Patriots & Poets (BFD)
Dailey& Vincent team up for a 15-song CD with help from Bela Fleck, Steve Martin, Doyle Lawson and David Rawlings.

Trace Adkins - Something's Going On (Wheelhouse)
Trace Adkins releases his 12th album. Produced by Mickey Jack Cones, the release contains a dozen songs and marks Adkins' first release for the Broken Bow subsidiary. "Watered Down" is the first single.

Ned Luberecki - Take Five (CLM)
Banjo ace Ned Luberecki presents fiddle and banjo tunes, instrumental and traditional bluegrass along with jazz, Buck Owens and the theme to "Star Truck" among the 14 songs. Luberecki is the banjo player for The Becky Buller Band and also tours with Stephen Mougin (of the Sam Bush Band) as Nedski & Mojo. He was formerly the banjoist for Chris Jones and the Night Drivers, The Rarely Herd, Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time and The Gary Ferguson Band.

Tim O'Brien - Where the River Meets the Road (Howdy Skies)
"Where The River Meets The Road " is the 15th solo release from Tim O'Brien. All 12 tracks connects to his home state of West Virginia. Two originals, "Guardian Angel" and the title track, tell personal stories of O'Brien's family - the death of his older sister when he was a toddler and the tale of his great grandfather moving to his hometown of Wheeling in the 1850s. The remaining 10 songs were collected and compiled after more than a decade collaborating with the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame.

March 24, 2017

Jessi Colter - The Psalm (Sony Legacy)
Jessi Colter gets religious on a disc recorded in 2007 and 2008 with guitarist/producer Lenny Kaye. Each of the dozen songs concerns a psalm with Colter putting her voice to the words.

RaeLynn - WildHorse (Warner Nashville)
RaeLynn finally makes her full-length review despite have some hits and a few EPs released. RaeLynn had a hit with "God Made Girls," but that did not lead to a release of an album. In fact, she is now on a new label. Produced by Jimmy Robbins and Nicolle Galyon, RaeLynn co-wrote 11 of the 12 tracks, including the first single, "Love Triangle," a divorce ballad told from the point of view of a little girl.

March 17, 2017

Greg Wickham - If I Left This World (Thirty Days)
Fifteen years after his last album, Hadacol founder Greg Wickham returns with this 13-song set. He produced the music with Kristie Stremel.

Conor Oberst - Salutations (Nonesuch)
Conor Obert's album is a companion piece to 2016's "Ruminations." When Oberst wrote and recorded the songs on "Ruminations" entirely solo with just voice, piano, guitar and harmonica, he intended to ultimately record them with a full band. In the midst of putting together that band - upstate New York's The Felice Brothers plus drummer Jim Keltner (Neil Young, Jackson Browne, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, John Lennon)-the responses Oberst was getting to those first solo recordings, from friends and colleagues, encouraged him to release the songs as-is, in their original sparse form, as his seventh solo album. "Ruminations" came out in October 2016. Oberst simultaneously moved ahead with his plans to record with the band, heading to the famed Shangri-la Studios in Malibu, Cal. to record Salutations-co-produced with Keltner. Guest contributions come courtesy of Jim James, Blake Mills, Maria Taylor, M Ward and Gillian Welch. "Salutations" includes full-band versions of the 10 songs from "Ruminations" plus 7 songs, some from an additional session at Five Star Studios in Echo Park in fall 2016.

Steve Moakler - Steeltown (Soundly)
Pittsburgh native Steve Moakler, who has songs covered by Dierks Bentley and Jake Owen, releases his fourth full-length disc.

Breaking Grass - Warning Signs (Mountain Fever)
Bluegrass band with an edge Breaking Grass is out with a dozen song release. The group consists of Cody Farrar on guitar, Tyler White on fiddle, Jody Elmore on banjo, Zach Wooten on mandolin and Britt Sheffield on bass.

March 10, 2017

Josh Turner - Deep South (MCA Nashville)
Josh Turner releases his sixth album after taking a break. The 11-song disc features the hit "Hometown Girl."

The Drugstore Gypsies - The Drugstore Gypsies (Edgewater Music Group)
The Drugstore Gypsies are comprised of former Berklee College of Music students. The band plays a combo of southern rock and country.

Sunny Sweeney - Trophy (Thirty Tigers)
Sunny Sweeney returns with a 10-song disc, the follow-up to her 2014 disc, "Provoked." After starting as a Texas indie country artist playing traditional music, Sweeney was with Big Machine and Republic Nashville.

Marty Stuart - Way Out West (Superlatone)
Marty Stuart releases his 18th studio disc a paean to the American West, specifically California. Backed his band The Superlatones, Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers fame, produced. , "Whole Lotta Highway (With A Million Miles To Go)" is the first single.

Garrett Newton Band - Young Heart Old Soul (Pinecastle)
Several years ago, North Carolina banjo player Garrett Newton, now 17, approached Lorraine Jordan at a performance and asked to play banjo for her. Jordan took him under her wing and began to feature him on Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road tour dates. Jordan also helped Newton to form his own touring outfit The Garrett Newton Band.

March 3, 2017

The Kernal - Light Country (Single Lock)
The Kernal is a Tennessee native, who has music in his blood. His father played the Opry for years with Del Reeves (that's his Dad's red suit that he's wearing on the album cover). The Kernal, who has been a sideman with folks like Andrew Combs and Jonny Fritz as well, plays country along with Southern sounds a la Spooner Oldham. The disc contains eight songs. The release features a snippet of the Kernal's long-passed relatives singing gospel. He found old reel-to-reel tapes of his family's gospel singing and was able to transfer the recordings.

Danny Barnes - Stove Up (Wendell)
Danny Barnes has honed his skills with the likes of The Bad Livers. Here he showcases his 45 years of playing banjo. This is his first all acoustic bluegrass album.

Guy Clark - The King of the Texas Troubadours (Dualtone)
Texas singer/songwriter Guy Clark died on May 17, 2016, and this retrospective takes music from his last three studio albums, "Workbench Songs" (2006), "Somedays the Song Writes You" (2009) and "My Favorite Picture of You" (2013). Three previously unreleased songs - demo tracks - are included: "Just to Watch Maria Dance," "The Last Hobo," co-written with Hal Ketchum, and "Time," written with Marty Stuart. The collection also contains songs from 2011's live CD "Songs and Stories."

Noam Pikelny - Universal Favorite (Rounder)
Banjo man Noam Pikelny, who also plays with Punch Brothers, makes his label debut. And fellow Punch member Gabe Witcher produced the set, which features rare singing by Pikleny.

February 28, 2017

PawnShop kings - Give Love, Vol. 1 ( Self-released)
PawnShop Kings is the brother duo Joel and Scott Owens. They play country, gospel and folk music.

February 24, 2017

Rhiannon Giddens - Freedom Highay (Nonesuch)
Rhiannon Giddens looks at the black experience in America on her solo disc. She closes the disc with the title track, from the Staples Singers.

Old 97's - Graveyard Whistle (ATO)
Old 97's release their 11th studio album. "Good with God" was released a single from the disc. Lead singer wrote all 11 songs with help from Brandi Carlile, Caitlin Rose, Nicole Atkins and Butch Walker. The disc goes for straightahead country sounds along with more raucous alt.-country leanings.

Terry McBride - Hotels & Highways (MV2)
Once upon a time, Terry McBride was lead singer of McBride & the Ride, which had hits more than 20 years ago. Since then, he's enjoyed success as a songwriter with Brooks & Dunn and Reba McEntire recording his songs. Now, he's out with a six-song EP.

Scott H. Biram - The Bad Testament (Bloodshot)
Scott. H. Biram has been plying his brand of music for the better part of two decades. Country and blues are part of the mix from the self-described "one-man band." In fact, the Texan wrote every song and played all instruments except for drums on one song.

Little Big Town - The Breaker (Capitol)

Aaron Watson - Vaquero (Big Label)
Last time out, veteran Texas indie artist Aaron Watson scored a number one album on the Billboard charts. "'Vaquero" is a 16-song collection co-produced by Watson with producer Marshall Altman. Watson wrote or co-wrote all of the songs with help from writers including Mac McAnally, Leslie Satcher and Kendell Marvel.

February 17, 2017

The Gibson Brothers - In the Ground (Rounder)
Leigh and Eric Gibson, aka The Gibson Brothers, release their first album of original material. Their sound is built on brother harmonies.

Son Volt - Notes of Blue (Transmit Sound/Thirty Tigers)
Jay Farrar and company are back with a 10-song set, which he produced. There is a bit of a bluesy approach on the recording with Dylan influences never too far away. Farrar produced the release.

AJ Hobbs - Too Much is Never Enough (Booker)
West Coast country artist AJ Hobbs mines outlaw country on these dozen songs. He co-produced his debut along with Ted Russell Kamp.

Alison Krauss - Windy City (Capitol)
Alison Krauss goes the solo route for the first time in 18 years with "Windy City." Stepping away from Union Station, the album features Krauss performing 10 classic songs that she selected with producer Buddy Cannon. This marks Krauss' first for Capitol after spending her entire career with Rounder. She last released "Paper Airplanes" with her Union Station band in 2011.

February 10, 2017

Brett Young - Brett Young (Big Machine)
Brett Young makes his debut after having released an EP last year. Prior to that, Young releases five CDs and EPs on his own. The former college baseball player has enjoyed a hit with "Sleep Without You,' the lead-off song on the new disc. Young has a soulful delivery.

Darin & Brooke Aldridge - Faster and Farther (Mountain Home)
Darin and Brooke Aldridge have been together for eight years in music and marriage. They co-produced this 12-track disc. Vince Gill, John Cowan, Pat Flynn, Shad Cobb, Barry Bales and Tim Surrett are among those helping out. Carl Jackson helped write three of the songs on the release. The Aldridges also cover Ian Tyson's "Someday Soon."

The Merles - Hate to Say Goodbye ( Self-released)
The Merles are an Austin country/western swing band featuring Todd Deatherage, Derek Tarnow, Loren Tarnow, Phil Spencer and Matt Winegardner. The disc was recorded and engineered by Britton Beisenhertz at Ramble Creek Studios in Austin. The album was produced by Beisenhertz and The Merles, and contains 14 originals. Guest artists include Basil McJagger (The Derailers), Geoff Queen (Hayes Carll), Eddie Dickerson (Curtis Grimes) and Michael St. Clair (Polyphonic Spree).

Nikki Lane - Highway Queen (New West)
After gaining stream with "All of Nothin'," her 2014 disc produced by Dan Auerbach of Black Keys, Lane returns with her third album. She co-produced it with Jonathan Tyler.

Darrell Webb Band - Lover's Leap (Mountain Fever)
Darrell Webb put time in with J.D. Crowe, Rhonda Vincent, Michael Cleveland and the Lonesome River Band. Here, the mandolinist fronts a quartet on 11 songs, incorporating modern sounds into their bluegrass.

Chris Jones - Made to Move (Mountain Home)
Veteran bluegrasser Chris Jones and the Night Drivers also explore folk and blues sounds on the dozen-song set. Jones produced the release along with Tim Surrett.

The Sadies - Northern Passages (Yep Roc)
Canadian band The Sadies return with this 11-song release, the group's 10th studio release. The band consists of singer/guitarists Dallas and Travis Good, bassist Sean Dean and drummer Mike Belitsky. The disc was recorded at the Good's parents' home north of Toronto over the winter of 2015.

Bap Kennedy - Reckless Heart (Last Chance)
This is the swan song release from Bap Kennedy, the Northern Ireland singer/songwriter, who died in November 2016 at 54. He started his career with Energy Orchard before heading out on his own with 1998's "Domestic Blues."

Lowland Hum - Thin ( Self-released)
Lowland Hum is husband-and-wife duo Daniel and Lauren Goans, who go for a more mellow, folkier approach on their latest.

February 3, 2017

LeAnn Rimes - Remnants (Thirty Tigers)
LeAnn Rimes releases her first CD for RCA after having been with Curb. Her 13th album includes Brandi Carlile's hit "The Story." Rimes had a hand in writing 10 of the 13 songs on the release. The disc came out in Europe in October 2016.

Reba McEntire - Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope (Nash Icon Records/Capitol Christian Music Group.)
Reba goes the religious route in a two-CD set. One features traditional Christian songs, including "I'll Fly Away," "Oh Happy Day" and Amazing Grace." The second contains songs of recent vintage including "I Got the Lord on My Side," which McEntire helped write.

WIlson Fairchild - Songs Our Dads Wrote (BFD)
WIlson Fairchild is a duo comprised of Wilson and Langdon Reid, who happen to be the sons of Harold and Don Reid. The parents are members of The Statler Brothers, and the next generation pays tribute. The 10-song disc is comprised of covers of nine songs that thet fathers wrote. The final song, "The Statler Brothres Song," was written by Wil and Langdon

Gurf Morlix - The Soul & The Heal (Rootball)
Gurf Morlix may forever known primarily as the ex-guitarist and producer for Lucinda Williams, but he's carved out a long solo career as well. He produced the 10-songs The disc also features Rick Richards on drums, Ray Bonneville on harp and Nick Connolly on B3 organ.