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January 19, 2018

Devin Dawson - Dark Horse (Atlantic/Warner)
Devin Dawson makes his debut with a dozen song set. Dawson had a hand in writing all 12 songs.

December 8, 2017

Walker Hayes - Boom (Monument/Sony)
Walker Hayes releases his debut disc, a 10-song effort. The singer helped write every song. The releases features the hit single "You Broke Up With Me." Shane McAnally, co-president of the revitalized Monument label, produced. Hayes bears a strong resemblance musically to Sam Hunt. There are few overt country sounds on this release.

Luke Bryan - What Makes You Country (Capitol Nashville)
Luke Bryan releases his sixth studio album. Jeff Stevens and Jody Stevens produced the 15 songs, 7 co-written by Bryan including the title track. The lead single "Light It Up," written by Bryan and Old Dominion member Brad Tursi.

December 1, 2017

Chris Stapleton - From A Room: Volume 2 (Mercury Nashville)
Chris Stapleton releases the follow-up to May's "Volume 1," a bluesy and country affair. The new nine-song set features "Scarecrow in the Garden" and "Millionaire."

Danielle Bradbery - I Don't Believe We've Met (Big Machine)
Danielle Bradbery finally releases her sophomore effort four years after her debut. Bradbery had a hand in writing 7 of the 10 songs on the new disc. "Sway," the lead-off track, is the single.

Grayson Capps - Scarlett Roses (Royal Potato Family)
Grayson Capps releases his sixth solo effort. The nine-release is the Alabama native's first disc in six years.

November 24, 2017

The Minus 5 - Dear December (Yep Roc)
The MInus 5 finds Scott McCaughey returning with original holiday songs with help from Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), Peter Buck, Mike Mills, The Posies, Colin Meloy (The Decemberists), Chuck Prophet, M. Ward, Tammy Ealom (Dressy Bessy), Kurt Bloch, Kelly Hogan and Norah O'Connor. Songs include "When Christmas Hurts You This Way" and "I Still Believe in New Year's Eve."

Cole Swindell - Down Home Sessions EP (Warner Nashville)
For the fourth time, Cole Swindell goes the "Down Home" route in releasing an EP at this time of year. He had a hand in writing all five songs, including "Roller Coaster," a hit for Luke Bryan and "Get Me Some of That," a hit for Thomas Rhett.

November 17, 2017

Various Artists - A Tribute to Dan Fogelberg (BMG)
The late Dan Fogelberg, who passed away in 2007 at 56, receives the tribute treatment from the Eagles, Garth Brooks, Jimmy Buffett, Vince Gill and Zac Brown among others.

Various Artists - Bloodshot Records' 13 Days of Xmas (Bloodshot)
Bloodshot Records releases a left-of-center Xmas collection featuring the likes of Murder by Death, Jon Langford featuring His Men of Gwent and Kelly Hogan. The collection runs the gamut of garage rock, doo wop, honky tonk and surf.

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill - The Rest of Our Lives (Arista Nashville/McGraw Music)
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have had their share of hit singles together, but this is the first time they are releasing an entire album together. They helped produce 9 of the 11 songs with Byron Gallimore and Dann Huff also involved. The title track was the second single released from the project.

November 10, 2017

Case Garrett - Aurora (Suitcase)
Case Garrett releases eight songs on this disc recorded in New Jersey. Garrett self-produced and wrote all the songs.

Summer Brooke and the Mountain Faith Band - The Sounds of Christmas (Mountain Fever)
Summer Brooke, a contestant on America's Got Talent, is with the MOujntain Faith Band in a live set from Franklin, N.C.

November 3, 2017

Remington Ryde - A Storyteller's Memory (Pinecastle)
Bluegrass quartet Remington Ryde honors the late James King, their friend, on the group's debut for Pinecastle. Ryan Frankhouser is on lead vocals and guitar with Stanley Efaw on harmony vocals, banjo, mandolin, fiddle and bass. The group tackles nine songs sung by King and pays tribute with "Mr. King." King, who was friends with Frankhouser, sings on the closing song, "It's a Cold Cold World," which he wrote. The band is based in Harrisburg, Pa. and has been around for a dozen years.

Scott Miller - Ladies Auxiliary (F.A.Y.)
Veteran singer Scott Miller is out with a 10-song disc, produced by Anne McCue. She also plays on the disc along with Jen Gunderman and Rayna Gellert. In fact, all band members were female. Miller was a founding member of Knoxville-based V-Roys.

Lee Brice - Lee Brice (Curb)
Lee Brice releases his fourth album. The disc contains 15 with guitarist Warren Haynes of Gov't Mule and the Allmans playing on two tracks.

Brad Hudson - Next New Heartbreak (Pinecastle)
Brad Hudson, who has played with Dolly Parton and Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road, makes his debut on his own. The North Carolina native is currently a member of Sideline.

Kid Rock - Sweet Southern Sugar (Broken Bow)
Kid Rock makes his debut for the label, incorporating country, rap and rock among the 10 songs. This marked the first time that the Kid has recorded in Music City. "Greatest Show On Earth" and "Po-Dunk," as well as recent single "Tennessee Mountain Top" are among the songs.

Blake Shelton - Texoma Shore (Warner Nashville)
Blake Shelton releases his 11th album, which includes the hit "I'll Name the Dogs." Shelton said the album veers towards the traditional side.

Kelsea Ballerini - Unapologetically (Black River)
Tennessee native Kelsea Ballerini tries to avoid the soph slump after a debut filled with hits including "Peter Pan," "Yeah Boy" and "Love Me Like You Mean It."

October 28, 2017

Balsam Range - It's Christmas Time (Mountain Home)
Bluegrass band Balsam Range goes the holiday route with this six-song EP of holiday classics.

October 27, 2017

Wailin' Jennys - Fifteen (Red House)
Canadian trio The Wailin' Jennys releases its first album in six years. The new set is collection of cover songs with tunes by Tom Petty, Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton. The release is the first since 2011's "Bright Morning Stars." For founding members Nicky Mehta and Ruth Moody, along with longtime member Heather Masse, Fifteen celebrates a 15-year musical partnership that has resulted in four studio albums and one live recording.

Emily Herring - Gliding (Eight 30)
Emily Herring is a Texas-based artist, who goes the Texas honky tonk traditional side on this 10-song Steve Fishell-produced disc.

Kenny Chesney - Live in No Shoes Nation: 10 Years of Concerts (Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville)
Kenny Chesney listened to 10 years of concerts to pick out 29 songs for this live disc. Many of the songs were recorded in Foxboro, Mass. Several guests are on the disc including Taylor Swift, Eric Church, Old Dominion and Grace Potter.

Mile Twleve - Onwards ( Self-released)
Boston-based bluegrass band Mile Twelve, comprised mainly of Berklee College of Music students, releases its full-length debut. The quintet put out an EP last year.

Various Artists - The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson: All Star Concert Celebration (Blackbird)
The concert celebrates the 80th birthday of Kris Kristofferson with the likes of Willie Nelson, Lee Ann Womack, Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker and Emmylou Harris participating. The collection contains 21 songs recorded at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville in March 2016.

Lee Ann Womack - The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone (ATO)
Lee Ann Womack makes her label debut.

The Infamous Stringdusters - Undercover Vol. 2 (Lumenhouse)
The Infamous Stringdusters once again go the covers route with a five-song EP, the follow-up to 2015's "Vol. 1." Here, they cover everything from the Allmans to Marvin Gaye to Daft Punk.

October 20, 2017

Turnpike Troubadours - A Long Way From Your Heart (Bossier City)
Oklahoma roots rock/country band Turnpike Troubadours is out with its fourth release.

Margo Price - All American Made (Third Man)
Margo Price releases her second full-length CD after annoyed much critical acclaim with her "Midwest Farmer's Daughter" debut. She also dropped a surprise EP, "Weakness," in the summer with only the title track on the full-length.

Lucas Hoge - Christmas Is Here ( Self-released)
Lucas Hoge releases a 10-song Christmas disc, including 5 originals and 5 covers. Hoge has a more mainstream sound to his brand of country.

Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn - Echo in the Valley (Rounder)
Abigail Washburn and Bela Fleck collaborate again on a set mainly of originals. Fleck produced the 11-song set for the husband-and-wife pair. This is the follow-up to their self-titled debut, which won the Grammy for Best Folk Album.

The Salty Dogs - Goodnight (Max)
The Salty Dogs, a Little Rock, Ark.-based traditional country band, stretches out a bit on this six-song EP. Songs include the group's take on the Louvin Brothers' "The Christian Life."

Dori Freeman - Letters Never Read (Free Dirt)
Virginia-based singer Dori Freeman made a splash with her debut, receiving much critical acclaim. She combines folk and country sounds on her 10-song, 28-minute sophomore effort.

Chris Young - Losing Sleep (RCA)
Chris Young is set to release his seventh studio album and third in two years. The title track is the lead single from the 10-track disc. Young co-produced with Corey Crowder, the third time the two have worked together.

Tom Heyman - Show Business, Baby (Bohemian Neglect Recording Works)
Tom Heyman, who was a mainstay of Go To Blazes, releases his third solo disc.

Dan Tyminski - Southern Gothic (Mercury Nashville)
Dan Tyminski is best known for being a member of Union Station and for singing on the soundtrack of "O Brother! Where Art Thou." He goes out on his own on this eclectic set.

Darius Rucker - When Was the Last Time (Capitol Nashville)
Darius Rucker releases his fifth album. Rucker enjoyed a number one single with the first song from the release, "If I Told You." Ross Copperman produced the release.

Willie Nelson - Willie's Stash Volume 2 (Sony Legacy)
Willie Nelson teams up with songs Micah and Luke to record a disc mainly of American country standards and classics. Hank Williams Sr. contributed seven of the songs. Buddy Cannon produced the set, recorded in Austin in 2011.

October 13, 2017

Nora Jane Struthers - Champion (Blue Pig Music)
Nora Jane Struthers releases her fourth album, mixing country and singer/songwriter sounds. Neilson Hubbard produced the disc in Nashville.

Carly Pearce - Every Little Thing (Big Machine)
Carly Pearce has a hit on her hands with the title track of her 13-song debut. The Kentucky native first gained attention for singing in the Josh Abbott Band's "Wasn't That Drunk."

Travis Meadows - First Cigarette (Blaster)
Travis Meadows puts out an 11-song disc produced by Jeremy Spillman. He has penned hits for others, including Dierks Bentley and Jake Owen, while also pursuing his own career.

Lydia Loveless - Girl Crazy And Single(s) (Bloodshot)
Lydia Loveless' latest contains 11 songs, including the 5-song EP "Boy Crazy" and 6 non-album singles, rarities, and covers from throughout her career. Loveless released "Real" last year. The recordings were made from 2012 to 2015 and are on a full length release for the first time. Loveless opts for more of a rock sound on the disc.

Dylan Scott - Merry Christmas EP (Curb)
Dylan Scott releases a five-song EP of traditional Christmas standards after having success with his full-length debut and its hit "My Girl."

Reba McEntire - My Kind of Christmas (expanded version) (Nash Icon)
Reba McEntire releases a collection almost entirely of well-known Christmas songs plus "Back to God" with Lauren Daigle. Vince Gill, Amy Grant and Darius Rucker help out on the 14-song release. This is an expanded version of a Cracker Barrel release that came out last year.

Russell Dickerson - Yours (Triple Tigers)
Russell Dickerson releases his debut with the title track being a hit single for him. Dickerson co-wrote all dozen songs on the disc.

October 6, 2017

Alabama - American Christmas (BMG)
Veteran band Alabama offers classics like "Away in a Manger" and "Auld Lang Syne" and new tunes like "I Wanna) Rock N Roll Guitar."

Bill Carter - Bill Carter (Forty Below)
Bill Carter returns with a stripped down effort of 10 songs. He played every instrument on the disc.

Thomm Jutz - Crazy If You Let It (Mountain Fever)
Thomm Jutz has been known for his songwriting. Balsam Range, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Irene Kelley andTerry Baucom and the Dukes of Drive have all recorded his songs. He makes his label debut with this set.

Gill Landry - Love Rides a Dark Horse (ATO)
One time member of Old Crow Medicine Show Gill Landry releases a dark CD about the dissolution of a relationship. Landry, who plays guitars, pedal steel, bass, percussion and keyboards, produced and engineered the songs. Klara Soderberg of First Aid Kit sings harmonies on "Denver Girls" and "Berlin."

Jerrod Niemann - This Ride (Curb)
Jerrod NIemann makes his label debut with this 13-song release. Label mate Lee Brice sings on "A Little More Love."

September 29, 2017

Sweetwater String Band - At Night ( Self-released)

Chase Rice - Lambs & Lions (Broken Bow)
Chase Rice makes his label debut.

Deer Creek Boys - Midnight & Dawn (Mountain Fever)
Virginia-based bluegrass band Deer Creek Boys releases its sophomore disc. The Deer Creek Boys were originally formed in 1999 when brothers Justin Tomlin (guitar) and Jason "Tater" Tomlin (bass) and best friend Cason Ogden (mandolin) started picking locally in their native Amherst, Va. The group added North Carolina banjo man Andy Lowe. Band members have been in Nothin Fancy and Junior Sisk & Rambler's Choice.

Shania Twain - Now (Mercury Nashville)
Shania Twain releases her first album in almost 15 years. "Life's About to Get GoodD" is the first single. Twain's last release was "Up" in November 2002.

Gina Clowes - True Colors (Mountain Home)
Gina Clowes goes solo from her regular gig as the banjo woman in Chris Jones and the Nightdrivers.

September 22, 2017

Chris Hillman - Bidin' My Time (Rounder)
Chris Hillman, who has been with everybody from The Byrds to The Flying Burrito Brothers, Desert Rose Band and Souther Hillman and Furay, is out with a disc produced by Tom Petty. David Crosby, Roger McGuinn, Mike Campbell, Steve Ferrone, John Jorgenson, Jay Dee Maness, Benmont Tench, and Gabe Witcher all play on the release.

Chris Janson - Everybody (Warner Nashville)
Chris Janson releases his second full-length disc, the follow-up to "Buy Me a Boat" from 2015. He released an EP in June, which contained songs on "Everybody." The release contains 12 songs, and Janson had a hand in writing all of them.

Josh Ritter - Gathering (Pytheas)
Josh Ritter is out with a 13-song release on his own label. The Americana artist has been making music for two decades.

Jon Langford's Four Lost Souls - Jon Langford's Four Lost Souls (Bloodshot)
"Four Lost Souls," recorded over four days, originated in 2015 in Nashville where Langford produced artwork for Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City, the exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame. One of those Nashville Cats, bassist and producer Norbert Putnam, liked Jon Langford's paintings and singing and invited him to record in Sheffield, Ala. Guitarist John Szymanski, bassist David Hood and duet singers Bethany Thomas, Tawny Newsome and Tomi Lunsford all helped out.

Midland - On the Rocks (Big Machine)
Midland makes its full-length debut after releasing an EP. The trio has enjoyed a hit with "Drinkin' Problem."

Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers - The Long Awaited Album (Rounder)
Banjo man, comedian, actor and renaissance man Steve Martin reconnects with his backing band, the Steep Canyon Rangers, who previously contributed to 2011's "Rare Bird Alert," 2013's "Love Has Come for You" and 2014's "Live."

Billy Strings - Turmoil & Tinfoil (Apostol)
Michigan native Billy Strings mixes psychedelic sounds and bluegrass. Greensky Bluegrass' Glenn Brown produced the disc. Strings previously has recorded with Don Julin.