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October 26, 2018

Blackberry Smoke - The Southern Ground Sessions ( Self-released)
Blackberry Smoke goes acoustic on this six-song EP recorded in Nashville. The songs include Tom Petty's "You Got Lucky" plus five songs from the recent "Find a Light" CD.

October 12, 2018

Colter Wall - Songs of the Plains (Thirty Tigers)
Drawing on the stories of his native Saskatchewan, Canada, Colter Wall is out with his second full-length album. Produced once again by Dave Cobb and recorded at Nashville's RCA Studio A, the project combines original folk songs, covers and traditional songs that reflect his roots growing up in the small city of Swift Current. Wall, a gruff-voiced singer, received much praise for his debut and has toured heavily behind it.

October 5, 2018

Eric Church - Desperate Man (Capitol Nashville)
Eric Church releases his first disc since "Mr. Misunderstood." The title track is the first single from the release produced as usual by Jay Joyce.

JP Harris - Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing (Free Dirt)
JP Harris releases his first disc in four years. Morgan Jahning of Old Crow Medicine Show produced the set for the traditional country singer from Alabama.

September 7, 2018

The Stray Birds - Let It Pass (Yep Roc)
The Stray Birds, a trio from Lancaster, Pa., releases its fourth album. The disc comes on the heels of the romantic break-up of fiddler/guitarist/banjoist/vocalist Maya de Vitry and fiddler/guitarist/mandolinist/vocalist Oliver Craven.

August 17, 2018

Cole Swindell - All of It (Warner Nashville)
Cole Swindell releases his third disc. His ninth career single "Break Up In The End" is the lead single on the CD. Other songs are "Somebody's Been Drinkin'," "The Ones Who Got Me Here." and "Reason To Drink."

Buck Owens - Country Singer's Prayer (Omnivore)
Buck Owens' final and unreleased album for Capitol finally sees the light of day, 43 years after it was recorded. With Owen's Capitol career winding down, the label decided to shelve the recording. Owens' estate was involved in getting the album released.

August 10, 2018

Shooter Jennings - Shooter (Elektra)
Shooter Jennings is out with a more traditional sounding country record. Dave Cobb was at the helm producing.

Mountain Heart - Soul Searching (Compass)
Bluegrass quartet Mountain Heart releases an 11-song disc. The band is comprised of Josh Shilling (piano, guitar), Seth Taylor (guitar), Aaron Ramsey (mandolin, bass) and Jeff Partin (Dobro, bass). Special guests on the album include Ronnie Bowman, Kenny Malone, Stuart Duncan and Scott Vestal.

Robbie Fulks and Linda Gail Lewis - Wild! Wild! Wild! (Bloodshot)
Robbie Fulks and Linda Gail Lewis release their first album together with Fulks producing. Fulks has enjoyed his own solo career for years, while Lewis has released some albums on her own and is perhaps best known for a disc she recorded with Van Morrison.

August 3, 2018

Chicago Farmer - Quarter Past Tonight ( Self-released)
Chicago Farmer, aka Cory Diekohoff, offers a two-CD set recorded in Peoria, Ill. in December 2017. Chicago Farmer goes the folkie route in this setting.

Amanda Shires - To the Sunset (Silver Knife/Thirty Tigers)
Amanda Shires, who also plays fiddle in husband Jason Isbell's band, is back with her fifth solo release. Isbell plays on the album produced by Dave Cobb.

July 27, 2018

Cody Jinks - Lifers (Rounder)
Cody Jinks, whose career surged with his last release, "I'm Not the Devil," makes his label debut with this 11-song set. Jinks has eight previous self-releases.

Kenny Chesney - Songs for the Saints (Blue Chair)
Kenny Chesney's album was written and recorded in response to Hurricane Irma that did much damage in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where Chesney owns a home.

July 20, 2018

Punch Brothers - All Ashore (Nonesuch)
Punch Brothers are back with their first album since 2015's "The Phosphorescent Blues." The band self-produced the nine-song release in Los Angeles.

Mason Ramsey - Famous (Big Loud)
Mason Ramsey, the Indiana youngster who was discovered singing at a local WalMart, makes his debut with this six-song EP. Ramsey includes three Hank Williams Sr. covers - "Lovesick Blues," "Jambalaya (On The Bayou)" and "I Saw The Light."

Hot Buttered Rum - Lonesome Panoramic (Self-released)

Lori McKenna - The Tree (CN/Thirty Tigers)
Lori McKenna releases her 11th disc and second produced by Dave Cobb.

Kevin Gordon - Tilt and Shine (Crowville)
Roots rocker Kevin Gordon returns with a nine-song set, which ranges from blues to rock to Americana material.

July 13, 2018

Rodney Crowell - Acoustic Classics (RC1)
Rodney Crowell revisits a number of his hits on this 12-song collection done acoustic style. Crowell gives a different take on the songs. "Making Memories of Us," "Shame on the Moon Redux" and "Please Remember Me," a hit for Tim McGraw, are included.

The Jayhawks - Back Roads And Abandoned Motels (Sony Legacy)
The Jayhawks release its 10th studio disc. Gary Louris wrote two new songs for the project. The project also includes songs he wrote for previous efforts. They include "Come Cryin' to Me" (Natalie Maines' album Mother); "Everybody Knows" and "Bitter End" (Dixie Chicks' album Taking the Long Way"); "Gonna Be a Darkness" (Jakob Dylan) and "El Dorado" (Carrie Rodriguez). The band consists of Louris, Marc Perlman - bass, Tim O'Reagan - vocals, drums, Karen Grotberg - vocals, keys and John Jackson - mandolin, violin, guitar. Louis and Jackson produced along with Ed Ackerson.

Love Canon - Cover Story (Organic)
Love Canon, a quintet, covers "a journey through music's greatest decade." That would be the 1980's mainly in the band's estimation with covers of Billy Joel ("Angry Young Man"), Dolly and Kenny ("Islands in the Stream") and Paul Simons ("Graceland"). The self-produced disc features Jerry Douglas, Aoife O'Donovan, Keller Williams and Michael Cleveland.

Eliza Gilkyson - Secularia (Red House)
Eliza Gilkyson, who veers towards the folk side, considers religious themes. The late Jimmy LaFave and Shawn Colvin help Gilkyson on her 20th release.

Jason Isbell - Sirens of the Ditch reissue (New West)
Jason Isbell's disc gets reissued with four previously unreleased bonus tracks.

July 6, 2018

Kinky Friedman - Circus of Life (Echo Hill)
Kinky Friedman releases his first album of new material in 40 years. He decided to record after being encouraged by Willie Nelson, who sings on the disc.

DevilDriver - Outlaws 'Til The End: Vol. 1 (Napalm)
DevilDriver is a California-based metal band that does its take on mainly outlaw country songs from the likes of Johnny Cash ("The Man Comes Around"), Hank Jr.'s "A Country Boy Can Survive" and David Allan Coe's "The Ride." The sonics are metal, not country.

July 5, 2018

Speedbuggy USA - Kick Out the Twang (Wagon Wheel)
Speedbuggy, the LA-based cowpunkers, are out with their ninth album and first in seven years.

June 29, 2018

The Milk Carton Kids - All the Things I Did And All the Things I Didn't Do (Anti-)
The Milk Carton Kids - Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan - are out with an 11-song release in Nashville with Joe Henry producing. Pattengale and Ryan feature a lot of lot of harmonies in the style of the Everly Brothers. The songs are acoustic-based.

I See Hawks in L.A. - Live and Never Learn ( Self-released)
I See Hawks in L.A. releases its first disc in about five years. The band continues mining a laid back hippy vibe.

Deeper Shade of Blue - Steam (Mountain Fever)
North Carolina band Deeper Shade of Blue has been at it for 18 years, purveying a traditional bluegrass sound.

Jonathan McEuen - Through the Sun Gate (Rose Lane)
Jonathan McEuen, once upon a time a member of Hanna-McEuen, releases his fifth solo disc, a mixture of honky tonk, Bakersfield, bluegrass and rock.

June 28, 2018

Everette - Slow Roll (Broken Bow)
Everette - the duo of Brent Rupard and Anthony Olympia - make their debut with this five-song set. They helped write four of the songs and were involved in co-producing as well. The title track is the first single.

June 22, 2018

Dan + Shay - Dan + Shay (Warner Nashville)
The duo Dan + Shay release their disc. "Tequila" is the lead single from the 11-song release.

Various Artists - Epilogue: A Tribute to John Duffey (Smithsonian Folkways)
The late modern bluegrass mainstay John Duffey, leader of two prominent groups, The Country Gentlemen and The Seldom Scene, receives the tribute treatment. David Grisman, Nils Lofgren, Bela Fleck, and Amanda and Kenny Smith are among the musicians playing on this 17-song set.

June 15, 2018

Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches - Get Us Out of Fearland ( Self-released)
The trio plays a combo of country, bluegrass, western swing, rockabilly, blues, traditional jazz, dixieland, old-time music, folk, roots music & Americana.

June 8, 2018

Sugarland - Bigger (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.

Junior Sisk - Brand New Shade of Blue (Mountain Fever)
Junior Sisk deep-sixed his longstanding bluegrass band Rambler's Choice and decided on a more traditional route. He is helped on the dozen songs by Jason Carter (fiddle), Justin Moses (banjo), Ashby Frank (mandolin) and Mark Fain (bass).

Blue Yonder - Rough And Ready Heart (New Song Recordings)
Blue Yonder is a Charleston, West Va.-based trio consisting of lead singer John Lilly, guitarist Robert Schafer and bassist Will Carter. The group tackles classic country, rockabilly, swing and folk.

Craig Campbell - See You Try (Red Bow)
Craig Campbell returns with an EP, his first release in five years.

Dierks Bentley - The Mountain (Capitol)

June 2, 2018

Thompson Square - Masterpiece (T2)
Thompson Square, the husband-and-wife duo of Keifer and Shawn Thompson, are out with their first full length in five years. Nathan Chapman, Dann Huff and Ilya Toshinsky produced the 11-song set.

June 1, 2018

Michael Ray - Amos (Warner Nashville)
Michael Ray releases his sophomore album, an 11-song set. Ray had success with his debut disc. "Get to You" was the lead single.

David Davis and the Warrior River Boys - Didn't He Ramble: Songs of Charlie Poole (Rounder)
Bluegrass band David Davis and the Warrior River Boys pay tribute to Charlie Poole. The songs were originally recorded in the 1920s by Charlie Poole and his North Carolina Ramblers. Davis and band took Poole's songs and re-imagined them for modern times. Songs include "He Rambled," "If The River Was Whiskey," "May I Sleep In Your Barn Tonight, Mister?," "Milwaukee Blues" and "White House Blues."

Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Dave Alvin - Downey to Lubbock (Yep Roc)
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.

American Aquarium - Things Change (New West)
American Aquarium, led by lead singer BJ Barham, maks its label debut with a 10-song disc. Barham is the only remaining member from the last release in 2015.

Luke Combs - This One's For You Too (Sony Nashville)
Luke Combs releases a deluxe version of his debut with five new songs co-penned by Combs including "Must've Never Met You" and "Houston, We Got a Problem."

Nicki Bluhm - To Rise You Gotta Fall (Compass)
Nikki Bluhm releases an album heavy on the theme of break-up. That's not a surprise because the disc was released in the wake of the end of her marriage.

May 25, 2018

Del McCoury Band - Del McCoury Still Sings Bluegrass ( Self-released)
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.

Lindsay Ell - The Continuum Project (Broken Bow)
Lindsay Ell releases her second disc within a year. But "The Continuum Project" is different. It's a tribute to John Mayer's album, which is her favorite desert island disc. In preparation for her debut, "The Project," producer Kristian Bush told her to take two weeks and re-record the Mayer album.

May 18, 2018

Kelly Willis - Back Being Blue ( Self-released)
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.

Gretchen Peters - Dancing With The Beast ( Self-released)
Gretchen Peters, who has forged a career as a songwriter as well, is out with her first disc in three years. Martina McBride, Etta James, Trisha Yearwood, Patty Loveless, George Strait, Anne Murray, Shania Twain and Neil Diamond have covered her songs. She also collaborated with Bryan Adams on the soundtrack of Dreamworks' animated movie, "Spirit, Stallion of the Cimarron."

Jason Boland & The Stragglers - Hard Times Are Relative (Proud Souls / Thirty Tigers)
Jason Boland and the Stragglers release their ninth album over a two=decade career. The band includes Grant Tracy (bass), Brad Rice (drums and background vocals) and Nick Worley (fiddle, mandolin, and harmonies).