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September 29, 2017

Shania Twain - Shania 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.

September 8, 2017

Kip Moore - Slowheart (MCA Nashville)
Kip Moore releases his third album. He wrote 11 of the 13 tracks.

September 1, 2017

The Grascals - Before Breakfast (Mountain Home)

August 25, 2017

Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver - Life is a Story (Mountain Home)

August 18, 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 30, 2017

Hammertowne - Hillbilly Heroes (Mountain Fever)
Bluegrass band Hammertowne consists of Chaston Carroll on mandolin, Dave Carroll on guitar, Bryan Russell on bass and Brent Pack on banjo. Scott Tackett assumes lead vocals as do both Carrolls and Russell. The band produced the dozen-song release.

June 23, 2017

Lonesome River Band - Mayhayley's House (Mountain Home)
Lonesome River Band is back with a bluegrass disc that incorporates some country. The band consists of Sammy Shelor on bass; Brandon Rickman on guitar and lead vocals; Mike Hartgrove on fiddle; Barry Reed on upright bass; Jesse Smathers on lead vocals and mandolin; and Tony Creasman on drums.

Willie Nile - Positively Bob Willie Nile Sings Bob Dylan (River House)
Veteran roots-oriented singer Willie Nelson offers the Dylan tribute treatment on these 10 songs. Among them are "The Times TheY Are A-Changin'," "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere," "I Want You" and "Abandoned Love." Dylan was a key musical touchstone for Nile.

Banditos - Visionland (Bloodshot)
Banditos release their sophomore effort for Bloodshot. The Birmingham/Nashville-based group mixes it up musically from country to blues to rock and a few more styles in the mix. The group produced the release with Israel Nash and Ted Young.

June 16, 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.

Steve Earle - So You Wanna Be An Outlaw (Warner)
Steve Earle returns to Warner for his first disc since 1997's "El Corazon." The release features collaborations with Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush, and Miranda Lambert. Earle was backed by his long-time band The Dukes - guitarist Chris Masterson, fiddle player Eleanor Whitmore, bassist Kelly Looney and new members drummer Brad Pemberton and pedal steel player Ricky Ray Jackson. The album was produced by Richard Bennett and recorded at Arlyn Studios in Austin.

The Dustbowl Revival - The Dustbowl Revival (Signature Sounds)
The Dustbowl Revival is an octet playing roots and soulful sounds. The group boasts two lead vocalists in Liz Beebe and Zach Lupetin. Ted Hutt produced the release.

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - The Nashville Sound (Southeastern)

June 9, 2017

Glen Campbell - Adios (New West)
Glen Campbell, who is suffering from Alzheimer Disease, releases his final album.

Chris Janson - Fix a Drink EP (Warner Nashville)
Chris Janson enjoyed success first time out with "Build Me a Boat." Now, he will release a five-song EP. The title track is the lead single.

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 Deadmen - The Deadmen (Gang Switch)
The Deadmen releases its debut CD mixing roots rock and rock.

Greta Gaines - Tumbleweed (Big Air)
Greta Gaines, a former snowboarder in the early days of the sport, releases a seven-song EP recorded in East Nashville.

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. The Rogers sisters wrote 10 of the 12 songs.

June 2, 2017

Amanda Platt & Honeycutters - Amanda Platt & the Honeycutters (Organic)
Amanda Platt steps out front as the lead vocalist for the band. Platt produced the 13 songs along with Tim Surrett in Arden, N.C. Platt wrote al of the songs.

A Thousand Horses - Bridges (Big Machine)
A Thousand Horses digitally releases its second country disc and third overall. The 13-song set contains the current single "Preachin' to the Choir" and 7 live cuts. "Smoke," its biggest single to date, closes out the album.

Kasey Chambers - Dragonfly (Essence/MGM)
Aussie veteran Kasey Chambers released a two-CD set on a new label for her. The CD is the follow up to 2014's "Bittersweet" and features special guests Keith Urban, Ed Sheeran, Paul Kelly and Foy Vance. The first disc was produced by Kelly at The Sing Sing Sessions, while the second was produced by Chambers' brother, Nash, at The Foggy Mountain Sessions.

The New Zeitgeist - Myths and Mortals (Self-released)
The New Zeitgeist is a Chicago duo of Jen Reilly and Eddy Bluma. The disc leans to the folk side.

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.

Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys - Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys (Stanley Family Records)
This marks the first recording since Ralph Stanley II, aka Ralph II, took over the band fronted by his late father. The disc, produced by John Rigsby, consists of a dozen songs. Ralph II previously has released six solo albums.

Bobby Bare - Things Change (HYPERMEDIA Nashville)
Bobby Bare may be getting on in years - he's now 81 - but he's not afraid to put out new music. The 10-song set from the Country Music Hall of Famer closes with "Detroit City," perhaps his biggest hit," which features Chris Stapleton. He also covers Mary Gauthier's "I Drink." Max T. Barnes, whose label released the CD, and Jimmy Ritchey produced.

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.

Rascal Flatts - Back to Us (Big Machine)
Veteran country popsters Rascal Flatts mine the same territory on the 10-song disc produced by the band. Lauren Alaina helps out on vocals on "Are You Happy Now."

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).

Sara Petite - Road Less Traveled ( Self-released)

The Mastersons - Transient Lullaby (Red House)
The Mastersons are husband-and-wife Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore. They did time in Steve Earle's backing band The Dukes and now have released their third album. B06XHK8W6M

May 12, 2017

Rick Monroe - Gypsy Soul EP ( Self-released)
Indie country artist Rick Monroe releases a six-song EP. Sean Giovanni (John Rich, Clint Black, Big & Rich) produced five tracks, while engineer/producer JD Shuff (Collin Raye, CeCe Wynans) helmed one for the Clearwater, Fla. native.

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 more of a return to roots.

May 5, 2017

John Moreland - Big Bad Luv (4AD)
Oklahoma singer John Moreland ploughs the dark side of relationships and life on his fourth solo disc with song titles like "Old Wounds," "Every Kind of Wrong" and "Love Is Not An Answer." "Big Bad Luv" was recorded at Fellowship Fall Sound in Little Rock, Ark., produced by Moreland and mixed by Tchad Blake (The Black Keys, Tom Waits, Sheryl Crow).

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.

David Childers - Run Skeleton Run (Ramseur)
Veteran North Carolina roots/folk singer is back with a dozen-song release.

The Steel Wheels - Wild As We Came Here (Big Ring)

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. The release was recorded live at the CMA Theater located inside the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum located in Nashville in May 2016.

Kenny George Band - Borrowed Trouble ( Self-released)
Comprised of Kenny George (lead guitar, vocals, songwriter), Bucky Brown (drums, harmony vocals), Center Ely (steel guitar), Brooks Andrews (bass) and Scott Rankin (rhythm guitar, harmony vocals), the band hails from Aiken, S.C. This is the band's fourth 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.

Sarah Shook & the Disarmers - Sidelong (Bloodshot)
Sarah Shook & the Disarmers releases its debut album. Again. "Sidelong" came out in 2015 via CD Baby, and then Shook was signed to Bloodshot. The North Carolina band is on the edgier side of country although some is very traditional.

Nu-Blu - Vagabonds (Voxhall)
Nu-Blu releases its sixth album. Hailing from Siler City, N.C., Nu-Blu is anchored by husband-and-wife duo Daniel and Carolyn Routh. Carolyn is a soprano, while Daniel is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist. TJ Honaker on vocals and banjo, and Clint White on fiddle/mandolin round out the quartet's bluegrass/American roots sound.

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.

Flashback - Foxhounds and Fiddles (Pinecastle)
Flashback features former member's of J.D. Crowe and the New South who recorded on the 1995 Grammy mominated album "Flashback." The group features Don Rigsby, Phil Leadbetter, Richard Bennett and Curt Chapman from the original Flashback band. With the retirement of Crowe, Stuart Wyrick was hired to play banjo and sing baritone.

Brad Paisley - Love and War (Arista Nashville)

Jimmy Fortune - Sings the Classics (Gaither Music Group)
Jimmy Fortune of The Statler Brothers fame, offers a covers disc. Songs include "Take Me Home Country Roads," "Take It to the Limit," "Make the World Go Away" and "Wake Up Little Susie," featuring Ricky Skaggs.

The Bucking Mules - Smoke Behind the Clouds (Free Dirt)
The Bucking Mules are a quartet playing Old Time music. The band self-produced the 13-song set. Joseph Decosimo, Karen Celia Heil, Luke Richardson and Joseph DeJarnette comprise the group.

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.

Joseph Huber - The Suffering Stage ( Self-released)
Milwaukuee artist Joseph Huber releases his fourth album. Ryan Knudson on pedal steel; Dustin Dobernig on keys; Andrew Koenig on electric guitar; as well as long-time touring band members Jason Loveall on fiddle; and Eston Bennett on bass help out. The eight-song disc follows "Bury Me Where I Fall" (2010) and "Tongues Of Fire" (2012) and "The Hanging Road," which was released under Nashville's 'Muddy Roots Recordings' label in 2014.

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

Cory Branan - Adios (Bloodshot)
Cory Branan self-produced and recorded in the spring of 2016 at Tweed Studios in Oxford, Miss. with himself on lead vocals and guitar (both electric and acoustic), Robbie Crowell (formerly of Deer Tick) on drums and percussion, keys and horns, and James "Haggs" Haggerty on bass. Amanda Shires contributes on fiddle and vocals, and Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! And Dave Hause provide guest vocals. Branan has four previous full-length releases.

Joey Feek - If Not for You (Farm House/ Gaither Music Group)
Joey Feek was one-half of Joey + Rory, the husband and wife duo, but she passed away of cancer in February 2016, This disc was recorded in 2005 and is on the traditional side.The album had been sold at shows and Joey and her sister's cafe and from Joey + Rory's web site, but this gives it a formal release.

Malcom Holcombe - Pretty Little Troubles (Gypsy Eyes)
Produced by Darrell Scott and recorded at The Sanctuary and Hippie Jack's studios, the album is North Carolina folk/country artist Malcom Holcombe's 15th studio recording and follows 2016's "Another Black Hole."

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.

Dave Adkins Trio - Turn to Jesus (Mountain Fever)
Dave Adkins records a set of Christian songs with friends David Taylor and Richie Rose.

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.