June 9, 2017
Lady Antebellum -
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.
May 12, 2017
Zac Brown Band -
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
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 -
Chris Stapleton releases his second disc exactly two years after "Traveller," his surprisingly and hugely successful debut.
April 21, 2017
Charlie Worsham -
Beginning of Things
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.
March 31, 2017
The Mavericks -
Brand New Day
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.
Rodney Crowell -
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.
Trace Adkins -
Something's Going On
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 -
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 man for the Becky Buller Band.
March 10, 2017
Josh Turner -
Josh Turner releases his sixth album after taking a break. The 11-song disc features the hit "Hometown Girl."
Sunny Sweeney -
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
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.
March 3, 2017
Guy Clark -
The King of the Texas Troubadours
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 -
Banjo man Noam Pikelny, who also plays with Punch Brothers, makes his label debut.
February 24, 2017
Rhiannon Giddens -
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 -
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.
Scott H. Biram -
The Bad Testament
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 -
Aaron Watson -
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
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.
Alison Krauss -
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 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
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."
Nikki Lane -
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.
Chris Jones -
Made to Move
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 -
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.
February 3, 2017
LeAnn Rimes -
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.
Gurf Morlix -
The Soul & The Heal
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.
January 27, 2017
Brigitte Demeyer/Will Kimbrough -
Brigitte Demeyer and Will Kimbrough have carved out careers in their own rites and toured together, but this marks their first release together. They wrote all but 2 of the 12 songs together. Kimbrough has recorded or toured with RodneyCrowell, Kim Richey, Gretchen Peters and Marshall Chapman. Wood Brother's Oliver and Chris Wood contribute on the new disc, which has a bluesy sheen.
Lauren Alaina -
Road Less Traveled
(19 Recordings/Arista Nashville)
Lauren Alaina finally releases her sophomore disc. Her debut, "Wildflower," came out in October 2011. She was a runner-up on American Idol in its 10th year in 2011. The Georgia native had a hand in writing all 12 tracks, including the title track with Meghan Trainor, on the busbee-produced release. . The song is on the charts.
Whitney Rose -
South Texas Suite
Whitney Rose made a name for herself in 2015 with "Heartbreaker of the Year." She's part of the new breed of female country artists Kacey Musgraves and Margo Price. Rose, who's based in Austin, produced the six-song EP. Redd Volkaert, former guitarist for Merle Haggard, and Earl Poole Ball are among the artists on the disc.
Tift Merritt -
Stitch of the World
Tift Merritt releases her sixth album, which was recoded at a friend's farm in Marfa, Texas, her cabin in California and New York City. She recorded the disc in Los Angeles while six months pregnant and then relocated to her hometown of Raleigh, N.C.
Brantley Gilbert -
The Devil Don't Sleep
Brantley Gilbert, who has penned hits for himself and Jason Aldean, is out with his third CD. The regular version contains 16 songs, while an expanded, deluxe version, has 10 more. Previously unreleased tracks on the deluxe version are "You Promised" and "I've Been There Before."
January 20, 2017
Mac Wiseman -
I Sang the Song
Mac Wiseman may be 91, but he's not slowing down. He released "I Sang the Song" with the help of Nashville singer/songwriter Peter Cooper and Thomm Jutz. The three gathered for nine Sundays to write the song for the album by the bluegrass great. Wiseman was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2014.
January 13, 2017
& I'm Fine Today
Charleston, S.C. band Susto is out with a disc mixing country, rock and other sounds. The band is comprised of Justin Osborne (vocals, guitar), Dries Vandenberg (guitar), Marshall Hudson (drums), Jenna Desmond (bass) and Corey Campbell (guitar, keys). The band name derives from a medical syndrome specific to Latin American culture that roughly translates as "panic attack."
Saints Eleven -
Coming Back Around
Dallas-based trio saints Eleven releases its third album. Walt Wilkins produced the set of Americana, country and blues.
Dale & Ray -
Dale & Ray
Dale and Ray are Dale Watson and Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel fame. Both have longstanding careers in their own rite, but they team up on these 10 songs, including the lead-off "The Ballad of Dale and Ray" and an ode to Merle Haggard, "Feelin' Haggard."
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings -
Kings and Kings
(File Under Music)
Canadian country rock band Blackie and the Rodeo Kings follow-up an album recorded female singers with this. Among those helping out are Nick Lowe, Jason Isbell, Raul Malo, Rodney Crowell, Vince Gill, Bruce Cockburn and Eric Church.
The Infamous Stringdusters -
Laws of Gravity
The Infamous Stringdusters return with a 13-song set after recording an album last year with female singers and going on the road with NIcki Bluhm.
Girls Guns and Glory -
Love and protest
Boston-area country band Girls Guns & Glory are out with a dozen-song release. The band produced the traditional leaning set with Drew Townson.
Natalie Hemby -
Natalie Hemby has made a name for herself as a songwriter, particularly for Miranda Lambert, for whom she has written a slew of songs. She's also penned material for Lady Antebellum, Lee Ann Womack, Little Big Town and Toby Keith. At 39, this is the Missouri native's first solo disc.
Ray Cardwell -
Ray Cardwell makes his label debut in a disc produced by Pat Flynn of New Grass Revival. Cardwell genre hops from bluegrass to country to reggae.
December 9, 2016
Rented Room on Broadway
Bluegrass band Wildfire releases its fifth disc, merging into country into their sound. The band produced the dozen-song set.
Blue Mafia -
The Hanging Tree
"Hanging Tree" is the band's second release on the North Carolina record label. "Pray For Rain" was released in 2015. Blue Mafia's independently released debut album, "My Cold Heart," was out in 2013. The Indiana band was founded in 2011 by husband and wife Dara Wray (mando, vocals and songwriting) and Tony Wray (guitar, vocals). Mike Gregory on bass, Kent Todd on fiddle and vocals with the recent addition of Curtis Bumgarner on banjo round out the group.
Trent Harmon -
Trent Harmon, who was on season 15 of American Idol, puts out an EP, including covers of Sia's "Chandelier" and Justin Timberlake's "Drink You Away."
December 2, 2016
Heidi & Ryan -
Heidi & Ryan
Heidi & Ryan are Heidi and Ryan Greer, who are a couple in real life as well. Heidi takes most of the leads except for one song. Aaron Ramsey, Tim Crouch and Ron Stewart all help out on the 11-song disc, which at times goes into the spiritual. The disc also includes a cover of "Oh Atlanta" by Little Feat. They used to be part of Kentucky Mountain Trio, until it changed its name to Heidi & Ryan.
Kane Brown -
Kane Brown makes his debut after releasing an EP., "Chapter 1." He merges bro country and more straighrforward country. The Georgia native first gained a following on the internet.