June 8, 2018
(Big Machine Records and UMG Nashville)
Sugarland return with the duo's first album in seven years. Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush had a hand in writing 10 of the 11 songs. Taylor Swift and Pat Monahan of Train wrote the other song, "Babe," with Swift the featured singer.
June 1, 2018
Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Dave Alvin -
Downey to Lubbock
Jimmie Dale GIlmore and Dave Alvin toured together in 2017, which led to this dozen song album. The release consists of 10 originals and 2 covers. The title reflects the home towns of both artists - Downey, Cal. for Alvin and Lubbock, Texas for Gilmore.
May 25, 2018
Del McCoury Band -
Del McCoury Still Sings Bluegrass
Del McCoury is still going strong as he nears 80 with this 14-song release. The title is a reference to his 1968 disc, "Del McCoury Sings Bluegrass." His band consisting of Ronnie McCoury on mandolin, Rob McCoury on Banjo, Jason Carter on fiddle and Alan Bartran on bass play behind him.
May 18, 2018
Kelly Willis -
Back Being Blue
Kelly Willis releases her first album since 2002's "Easy." Since then, Willis has released three albums with her husband, Bruce Robison, and raised four children.
May 11, 2018
Highland Travelers -
Highland Travelers make their bluegrass debut. Highland Travelers / Mountain Fever Records
Adam Steffey has joined together with Keith Garrett and Gary Hultman, fellow former Boxcars, and Jason Davis and Kameron Keller from Ramblers Choice to create Highland Travelers.
May 4, 2018
Trampled by Turtles -
Life is Good on the Open Road
Duluth, Minn.'s finest, Trampled by Turtles, releases its first album in four years. During that time, lead singer Dave Simonett released his own album. "Kelly's Bar" is the first song released from the disc.
April 27, 2018
Keith Urban -
Keith Urban releases his ninth album.
Morgan Wallen -
If You Know Me
Tennessee native Morgan Wallen, who went to the same high school as Kenny Chesney, makes his debut. He has enjoyed success as a songwriter for Dustin Lynch, Kane Brown and Jason Aldean. Wallen also has a song charting, "Up Down," which features Florida Georgia Line.
Willie Nelson -
Last Man Standing
Willie Nelson has added 11 new songs to his catalog. The release is comprised entirely of songs newly-penned by Nelson along with longtime collaborator and producer Buddy Cannon.
Bluegrass band ClayBank may be comprised of a few members not even 20, their sound hearkens back to the 1970s and '80s and J.D. Crowe and the New South and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. The North Carolina-based-band released the single "Queen of Carolina."
April 20, 2018
Joshua Hedley -
Traditional country singer Joshua Hedley is releasing his debut on Jack White's label. He's from Texas, although he sounds like he grew up in Texas honky tonks. The title track is the first single from the Skylar Wilson and Jordan Lehning-produced disc of 10 songs.
Brothers Osborne -
Port Saint Joe
Brothers Osborne, the Maryland duo of TJ and John Osborne, will release their sophomore full-length disc. The release comes almost 2 1/2 years after their debut, which yielded a few hits ("It Ain't My Fault," "21 Summer" and "Stay a Little Longer") and awards. Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Little Big Town) produced the set. "Shoot Me Straight" is the first single from the disc.
Old Crow Medicine Show -
Old Crow Medicine Show recorded its latest at the RCA Studio A in Nashville with producer extraordinaire Dave Cobb producing. The band utilizes an electric guitar for the first time since 2004, but the sound isn't all that different from previous OCMS efforts.
April 13, 2018
Tim Easton -
Paco and Melodic Polaroids
Tim Easton releases an album that recognizes his 30 years in the music biz. In fact, he recorded the album as a dedication to Paco, his black Gibson J-45 acoustic guitar. Easton, an Akron, Ohio native, who lives in Nashville, also did something different - he recorded in mono. He also recorded in a way that prevented overdubbing.
Jason Aldean -
John Prine -
The Tree of Forgiveness
This is John Prine's first collection of new material since 2005's Grammy-winning "Fair and Square." Prine teamed with Grammy-winning producer Dave Cobb to record in Nashville's Studio A with vocal help from Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, and Amanda Shires.
April 6, 2018
Blackberry Smoke -
Find a Light
Blackberry Smoke mixes it up musically from southern rock to jams to softer tones.
Sarah Shook & the Disarmers -
Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, a band from North Carolina, release its second disc. This is the follow up to last year's "Sidelong."
March 30, 2018
Kim Richey -
Kim Richey releases her first album in five years, a dozen-song effort. Richey employs a number of friends to help out on the Brad Jones-produced effort.
Ashley McBryde -
Girl Going Nowhere
Arkansas native Ashley McBryde is a combo of country, folk, and rock with nods to Bonnie Raitt and Loretta Lynn. She had a hand in writing all 11 songs on the Jay Joyce-produced debut. The first single was "A Little Dive Bar In Dahlonega."
Kacey Musgraves -
Shotgun Rider -
(Torrez Music Group)
Shotgun Rider is the duo of Logan Samford and Anthony Enriquez. Samford bears a very strong musical resemblance to Gary Allan. The sounds is a combo of country twang and rock.
Mary Chapin Carpenter -
Sometimes Just The Sky
(Lambent Light/Thirty Tiger)
Mary Chapin Carpenter returns with a disc including one song reworked from each of her CDs plus a new song, the title track. Ethan Johns produced the set, which tackles deep cuts. No hits.
March 23, 2018
Paul Thorn -
Don't Let the Devil Ride
Paul Thorn takes a gospel route on his latest, which also has a decided blues bent to the music. The release features contributions from the Blind Boys of Alabama, The McCrary Sisters, the Preservation Hall Jazz Horns and Bonnie Bishop. Thorn recorded in three locations: Sam Phillips Recording in Memphis, FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala. and Preservation Hall in New Orleans.
Jordan Davis -
Jordan Davis offers his major label debut. The Shreveport, La. native has a hit with "Singles You Off." His brother, Jacob, also is a country music singer.
Andrew Sheppard -
Steady Your Aim
Andrew Sheppard mixes soulful rock and country with an outlaw edge on these 10 songs. Sheppard grew up in Hailey, Idaho and is now settled in Boise. Over the last few years, he has gone from LA to Nashville through the heartland of America and back to his roots.
March 16, 2018
The Oak Ridge Boys -
17th Avenue Revival
The Oak Ridge Boys go with their traditional mix of gospel and bluegrass with an emphasis on the vocals.
Scotty McCreery -
Scotty McCreery goes the indie route with his new disc. He also benefits from having the hit "Five More Minutes," which he, at first, released on his own.
March 9, 2018
Dave Adkins -
Right or Wrong
Bluegrass veteran returns with an album featuring the likes of Kyle Leapard on guitar,
Adam Steffey on mandolin, Terry Baucom on banjo, Justin Moses on fiddle and Dobro, and
Mitchell Brown on bass.
Ned Hill -
Six Feet Above Ground
Ned Hill releases his first solo disc. For 15 years (2001-2016), Nashville's Ned Van Go was the vehicle for Hill's tunes. Before that, there were similar leadership roles in The Cowards and The Blue Cha Chas.
6 String Drag -
Top of the World
6 String Drag, who were among the purveyors of alt.-country, are out with their first disc since 2015's "Roots, Rock 'N Roll."
February 23, 2018
Caleb Caudle -
Caleb Caudle releases his eighth album, mining Americana and Gram Parsons sounds.
Lord of the Desert
3hattrio is a trio comprised of Hall Cannon on guitar, banjo and vocals, Eli Wrankle, who plays violin and Greg Istock, charged with double bass, foot percussion and additional vocals. With bluegrass leanings, this is their third release.
Ed Romanoff -
New York singer/songwriter Ed Romanoff's second album was produced by Simone Felice (The Lumineers, Bat For Lashes) and includes contributions from Rachael Yamagata, Kenneth Patteng and multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell, along with Larrys wife and duo partner, Teresa Williams.
February 16, 2018
Matthew McNeal -
(Matte Black Sound)
Matthew McNeal is a Dallas-area artist mixing roots into his sound with a hefty dose of pedal steel.
I'm With Her -
See You Around
I'm With Her is the female supergroup of Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O'Donovan and Sar Watkins. Ethan Johns produced their full-length debut, which consists of a lot of vocal interplay and one instrumental.
February 9, 2018
Ruby Boots -
Don't Talk About It
Aussie-based singer Ruby Boots is out with her second release, mixing country and hard-edged sounds.
Caroline Cotter -
Home on the River
Providence, R.I. native Caroline Cotter releases her second full-length major Americana release. Co-produced by Cotter and Jeff Oehler and recorded in scenic Saranac Lake, N.Y. and Kansas City, Mo., "Home on the River" features nine original songs plus Cotter's a capella version of Woody Guthrie's "My Peace."
Doc Watson -
Live at Club 47
Doc Watson is captured live at the Cambridge, Mass. folk club, Club 47, in 1963. Many of the songs were found elsewhere on his live recordings. The sound here is quite clean.
Wade Bowen -
Wade Bowen releases his 11th album. Keith Gattis produced the `1-song disc of the country/Red Dirt artist from Texas.
Lynn Taylor & The Bar Flies -
"Staggered" is the third release from East Nashville artist Lynn Taylor & The Bar Flies. The release is highly personal as the songs at times deal with the passing of Taylor's wife.
Maggie Valley Band -
The Hardest time
The Maggie Valley Band is a sister duo of Whitney and Caroline Miller, who hail from Maggie Valley, N.C. The band mines Americana in a disc produced by David Mayfield.
February 5, 2018
Volume Five -
Volume FIve won both the 2017 IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year and Song of the Year Awards. Lead singer/fiddle player Glen Harrell is joined by Patton Wages on banjo, Colby Laney on guitar, Chris Williamson on bass, and Jacob Burleson on mandolin.
February 2, 2018
John Oates -
John Oates is best known for being part of Hall & Oates, but this is far different musical experience as Oates goes for more of a folk sound, not blue-eyed soul. The project started as a tribute to Oates' idol, Mississippi John Hurt.
Letitia VanSant -
Get it to the Studs
Letitita VanSant is a Baltimore-based Americana artist. Her 11-song debut includes a cover of Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth." Elephant Revival's Charlie Rose helps out.
Montgomery Gentry -
Here's to You
Montgomery Gentry's CD is the posthumous release for Troy Gentry, who was killed in a helicopter crash in September 2017 in New Jersey. His band mate, Eddie Montgomery, is carrying on with the new music. The release contains a dozen songs and was produced by Shannon Houchins and Noah Gordon.
Mike and the Moonpies -
Steak Night at the Prairie Rose
Austin band Mike and the Moonpies release their fifth disc. Recorded at Yellow Dog Studios in Wimberley, Texas, "Steak Night at the Prairie Rose" was produced by Adam Odor and features singer/guitarist Mike Harmeier, guitarist Catlin Rutherford, drummer Kyle Ponder, bassist Preston Rhone, steel guitarist Zachary Moulton and piano, organ and Wurlitzer player John Carbone. Harmeier wrote or co-wrote all but one of the 10 songs (the exception being "The Last Time" by friend Jonathan Terrell).