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May 12, 2015

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell - The Traveling Kind (Nonesuch)
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell are teaming up again for "The Traveling Kind." The disc is the follow-up to 2013's "Old Yellow Moon." Joe Henry produced the 11 songs, 6 of which were penned by Harris and Crowell

May 10, 2015

Della Mae - Della Mae (Rounder)
Now down to a quartet, Della Mae brings its brand of country and bluegrass sounds out on its second disc. Celia Woodsmith on vocals and guitar, Kimber Ludiker on fiddle and vocals, Jenni Lyn Gardner on mandolin and vocals and Courtney Hartman on guitar, banjo and vocals comprise the band. Bassist Shelby Means left last year.

May 5, 2015

Shelby Lynne - I Can't Imagine (Rounder)
Shelby Lynn makes her label debut with her 13th studio album. Comprised of 10 new songs written or co-written by Lynne, the disc sonically covers Southern soul, Crescent City R&B, and California country & western. Lynne recorded the album at Dockside Studio in Maurice, La. As she has on four of her last five albums (the exception being the 2008 Dusty Springfield tribute "Just a Little Lovin'," helmed by the late Phil Ramone), Lynne produced the new album herself.

May 3, 2015

Chris Stapleton - Traveler (Mercury Nashville)
Chris Stapleton has been known as a songwriter and for being the soulful lead vocalist of The SteelDrivers. now, he's on his ownvocalist

April 28, 2015

Zac Brown Band - Jekyll + Hyde (Southern Ground/John Varvatos Records/Big Machine Label Group/Republic)
Zac Brown Band is off to early success as its single "Homegrown" is its highest charting debut. The band is singer/guitarist Zac Brown, violinist/singer Jimmy De Martini, multi-instrumentalist/singer John Driskell Hopkins, guitarist/organist Coy Bowles, multi-instrumentalist/singer Clay Cook, drummer Chris Fryar, percussionist Daniel de los Reyes and bassist Matt Mangano.

Tyler Farr - Suffer in Peace (Columbia Nashville)
Tyler Farr releases his sophomore disc, which contains the hit "A Guy Walks Into a Bar." Farr, a Missouri native, wrote 3 of the 11 songs.

April 14, 2015

Reba McEntire - Love Somebody (Nash Icon)
Reba McEntire makes her debut for the Big Machine Label Group's new label geared to veteran artists. The Target deluxe version contains 14 songs, 2 more than the regular version. "Going Out Like That" is the first single. Tony Brown, Doug Sisemore and James Stroud produced along with McEntire.

Dwight Yoakam - Second Hand Heart (Warner)
Dwight Yoakam returns to his home label, Warner, on this 10-song disc. Yoakam covers "Man of Constant Sorrow."

April 7, 2015

Pokey LaFarge - Something in the Water (Rounder)
The pride of St. Louis, Pokey LaFarge, makes his label debut. LaFarge, who incorporates old time sounds in his music, co-produced with Jimmy Sutton.

The Boxmasters - Somewhere Down the Road (101 Ranch)
The Boxmasters, the group that includes actor Billy Bob Thornton, finally is releasing new music. "Somewhere Down the Road" is the band's first disc since "Modbilly" in 2009. The group also includes Teddy Andreadis, J.D. Andrew and Brad Davis.

Kristian Bush - Southern Gravity (Streamsound)
Kristian Bush is one-half of Sugarland and releases a solo disc as the band is on hiatus. The disc was co-produced by Bush and Tom Tapley. The first single is "Trailer Hitch."

Ray Wylie Hubbard - The Ruffian's Misfortune (Bordello/Thirty Tigers)
Ray Wylie Hubbard, the Texas singer/songwriter, is out with a new disc.

March 31, 2015

Darius Rucker - Southern Style (Capitol Nashville)
Darius Rucker releases his fifth solo album and fourth in country. Frank Rogers and Keith Stegall produced the disc.

March 26, 2015

Trout Steak Revival - Brighter Every Day ( Self-released)
Trout Streak Revival gained acclaim for winning 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition. The Colorado-based quintet of Steve Foltz on mandolin and guitar; Casey Houlihan on bass; Travis McNamara on banjo and piano, Bevin Foley on fiddle and Will Koster on guitar and Dobro (all sing) recorded the 11 songs in August 2014. This is their third full-length release.

March 24, 2015

Canaan Smith - Canaan Smith EP (Mercury Nashville)
Canaan Smith has released singles and now goes the EP route with these five songs.

Striking Matches - Nothing But the Silence (I.R.S. Nashville)
Striking Matches is the duo of Justin Davis and Sarah Zimmerman. T Bone Burnett produced the 11-song disc, which features vocal interplay between the two a la The Civil Wars, although with a more revved up sound.

March 17, 2015

Allison Moorer - Down to Believing (Entertainment One)

Snyder Family Band - Wherever I Wander (Mountain Home)
Names don't like. The Snyder Family Band is comprised of Bud Snyder on upright bass and his children Samantha on lead vocals and fiddle and Zeb on mandolin and guitar. Tim Surrett produced the 11-song disc, the debut for the label.

March 10, 2015

Blue Mafia - Pray for Rain (Pinecastle)
Blue Mafia is a bluegrass band consisting of Dara Wray on mandolin and vocals, her husband, Tony on guitar and vocals, Kent Todd on fiddle and vocals, Michael Gregory on bass and Cody Looper on banjo.Formed in 2011 by the Wrays, Blue Mafia was the 2012 DelFest Band Competition Winners and have twice been awarded third place in the SPBGMA International Band Competition. Digital release was Feb. 10; physical is March 10.

Tom Paxton - Redemption Road (Pax)
Veteran folk singer Tom Paxton, 77, releases this disc in conjunction with the final tour of his career. Jim Rooney and Cathy Fink once again produced Paxton, who also has help from Janis Ian and John Prine.

Luke Bryan - Spring Break...Checkin Out (Capitol Nashville)
Luke Bryan offers his final foray into spring break EPs.

Eli Young Band - Turn It On (Republic Nashville)
Eli Young Band goes the EP route with this four-song release. The four songs are "Turn It On," "Plastic," "Your Place or Mine" and "Drink You Up," a disco song.

Joe Pug - Windfall (Lightning Rod)
Chicago-based singer/songwriter Joe Pug takes a back to basics approach on his latest and first for the indie-based Nashville label, which is home to Jason Isbell and Billy Joe Shaver.

March 3, 2015

Pharis and Jason Romero - A Wanderer I'll Stay (Lula)
Pharis and Jason Romero recall Gillian Welch and David Rawlings on these dozen songs. The couple wrote 8 of the 12 songs. They spend most of the year in British Columbia, Canada building banjos.

Andrew Combs - All These Dreams (Coin/Thirty Tigers)
Nashville resident Andrew Combs is out with an 11-song release, his third overall. Produced by Jordan Lehning and Skylar Wilson (Caitlin Rose), "All These Dreams" was recorded in Nashville with many of Combs' longtime musical collaborators including lead guitarist Jeremy Fetzer and pedal steel guitarist Spencer Cullum Jr. (of the instrumental duo Steelism) as well as bassist Mike Rinne and drummer Ian Fitchuk.

Gill Landry - Gill Landry (ATO)
Gill Landry offers his third solo album as he took a break from his regular gig with Old Crow Medicine Show to record this disc.

Asleep at the Wheel - Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (Bismeaux)
Asleep at the Wheel returns with its second tribute to Bob Wills, kind of Texas swing. The release includes older artists such as Leon Rausch, who played with Wills, to The Avett Brothers, Pokey LaFarge and Old Crow Medicine Show. Not to mention Brad Paisley and George Strait.

February 24, 2015

The Gibson Brothers - Brotherhood (Rounder)
The Gibson Brothers, who started life on a family farm in upstate New York, make their Rounder debut with an album that pays homage to brother bluegrass duos of the past.

James McMurtry - Complicated Game (Complicated Game)
"Complicated Game" is Texas singer/songwriter James McMurtry's first release in six years.CC Adcock and Mike Napolitano produced the dozen songs.

Girls Guns and Glory - Girls Guns and Glory Presents: A Tribute to Hank Williams - Live! (Dry Lightning)
Boston-area country band Girls Guns and Glory release a live album that pays tribute to Hank Williams Sr. The disc, which includes 12 songs, was recorded Dec. 31, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014, linking the music with the last days of Williams' life.

Mayeux & Broussard - High Times & Good Rhymes ( Self-released)
Mayeux and Broussard are Tate Mayeux and Brian Broussard, who have been together since 2011. They mix different styles on their sophomore effort, including, roots and blues sounds.

February 17, 2015

Jorma Kaukonen - Ain't in No Hurry (Red House)
This is Jorma Kaukonen's third solo record on Red House Records. The disc is a blend of American roots, blues, rockers and Kaukonen originals including a lost Woody Guthrie lyric that he and producer Larry Campbell put to music. Hot Tuna partner Jack Casady, Barry Mitterhoff, Teresa Williams, and the rhythm section of Myron Hart and Justin Guip and Campbell all play on the disc.Songs include A.P. Carter's "Sweet Fern" and Tommy Dorsey's "The Terrible Operation."

Wrinkle Neck Mules - I Never Thought It Would Go This Far (Lower 40)
Wrinkle Neck Mules celebrate 15 years together this year. The 13 tracks were recorded live to analog tape in Barboursville, Va. over 9 days in May, 2014 with the help of engineer and co-producer Rob Evans (Dave Matthews Band).

Glen Campbell - I'll Be Me Soundtrack (Big Machine)
This is the soundtrack to the documentary, "I'll Be Me," about Glen Campbell and his battle with Alzheimer. The Band Perry performed "Gentle On My Mind."

Whitehorse - Leave No Bridge Unturned (Six Shooter)
Whitehorse is the Canadian husband/wife duo of Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet. The disc rocks more than their debut.

The Mavericks - Mono (Valory)
The Mavericks are out with their second disc since regrouping, although bassist Robert Reynolds was kicked out of the band. The Mavericks live up to the title of the disc by recording the music in mono. The sound varies from country to jazz to Latin sounds.

Darin & Brooke Aldridge - Snapshots (Mountain Home)
Darin and Brooke Aldridge are out with their sixth disc with songs such as Johnny Cash's "Tennessee Flat Top Box" and Gillian Welch's "Annabelle." The couple co-produced the 11 songs. Ricky Skaggs, Bobby Hicks and Doyle Lawson help out.

Steve Earle - Terraplane (New West)
Steve Earle gets bluesy on his latest, which was produced by R.S. Field. He recorded the 10 songs with The Dukes, which these days is Kelly Looney on bass, Will Rigby on drums, Eleanor Whitmore on fiddle and vocals and Chris Masterson on guitars. In his liner notes, Earle indicate he wanted to recorded this type of album for long time - "when it was time."

Aaron Watson - The Underdog (BIG Label-Thirty Tigers)
Texan Aaron Watson is back with a new release. Keith Stegall produced the 14-song set.

February 14, 2015

Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys - Ionia (Earthwork)
Lindsay Lou and The Flatbellys is a quartet hailing mainly originally from Michigan, but now based in Nashville. The disc is mainly a combination of bluegrass thanks to fiddle, banjo and upright bass, and folk with touches of soulful singing from Lindsay Lou.

February 10, 2015

The Farm Hands - Better Than I Deserve (Pinecastle)
Bluegrass quartet The Farm Hands release their second album. The group consists of Tim Graves on resophonic guitar, Keith Tew on guitar, Daryl Mosely on bass and Bennie Boling on banjo,.

Elana James - Black Beauty (Snarf)
Elana James steps out on our own with this CD with her main gig being with Hot Club of Cowtown. James wrote 5 of the 13 songs, while also covering Bob Dylan's "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" and the Grateful Dead's "Ripple."

Gretchen Peters - Blackbirds (Scarlet)
Gretchen Peters best known for writing "Independence Day," is out with her eighth disc. The music explores the darker side of life.

Robert Earl Keen - Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions (Dualtone)
Inspired by the bluegrass and acoustic music he grew up around, Robert Earl Keen offers 15 standards and other tunes (20 on the deluxe edition) by Flatt & Scruggs, The Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers and Richard Thompson. Special guests include Lyle Lovett ("T for Texas") and Natalie Maines on vocals ("Wayfaring Stranger"), Nickel Creek's Sara Watkins on fiddle and Danny Barnes on banjo.

Blackberry Smoke - Holding All the Roses (Rounder)
Georgia-based Blackberry Smoke makes its label debut after being on Zac Brown Band's Southern Ground label. Brendan O'Brien, who has worked with Pearl Jam, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen, produced the dozen song disc.

Screen Door Porch - Modern Settlers (Screen Door Porch)
Screen Door Porch is a Wyoming-based quartet playing soulful Americana, roots rock and country blues. The core of the band is Seadar Rose & Aaron Davis. This was the first disc recorded outside of Austin.

6 String Drag - Roots Rock 'N' Roll (Royal Potato Family)
Six String Drag is back with its first album in 18 years. Six String Drag was part of the alt.-country movement. Led by Kenny Roby and Rob Keller, the quartet released two albums, including 1997's "High Hat," its last release, which was produced by Steve Earle. The band produced the new set with Jason Merritt. Roby wrote all of the songs.

Jeff Austin - The Simple Truth (Yep Roc)
Jeff Austin steps out on his own after spending time with longstanding bluegrass jam band Yonder Mountain String Band.

Rhiannon Giddens - Tomorrow is My Turn (Nonesuch)
Rhiannon Giddens, founding member of Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, makes her solo recording debut with "Tomorrow Is My Turn," which T Bone Burnett produce. The disc incorporates country, blues, folk and gospel. Giddens recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville, with a multi-generational group that Burnett assembled. Among them are fiddle player Gabe Witcher and double bassist Paul Kowert of label-mates Punch Brothers; percussionist Jack Ashford of Motown's Funk Brothers; drummer Jay Bellerose; guitarist Colin Linden; backup singer Tata Vega; Nashville session bassist Dennis Crouch; and Giddens' Drops touring band-mates, multi-instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins and beat-boxer Adam Matta.

Love and Theft - Whiskey on My Breath (Hate & Purchase)
The duo Love & Theft go their own route, releasing the disc independently after having been on RCA.

February 3, 2015

Gurf Morlix - Eatin' At Me (Rootball)
Producer and singer Gurf Morlix returns with his eighth disc. He produced the 10 songs as well in Austin. Rick Richards is on drums, Bay Bonneville Harmonica, Gene Elders violin and Patterson Barrett on B3 organ. Morxlix wrote all of the songs.

Barnstar! - Sit Down! Get Up! Get Out! (Signature Sounds)
Barnstar! is a Boston-area bluegrass/roots collective comprised mainly of well-known Beantown sidemen, including Jake Armerding and his father Taylor, Mark Erelli, Zach Hickman and Charlie Rose. Hickman produced the 11 songs,, a mixture of covers of Josh Ritter, The Hold Steady, Patty Griffin, Cat Stevens and The Faces plus originals. This is the group's second release.

American Aquarium - Wolves ( Self-released)
The latest album from the alt.-country, roots rocking North Carolina band American Aquarium is the result of a $24,000 Kickstarter campaign. The band, which formed in 2006, consists of lead vocalist/ guitarist BJ Barham, bassist Bill Corbin, guitarist Ryan Johnson, drummer Kevin McClain, and Whit Wright on pedal steel guitar. This is the group's eighth release.

January 27, 2015

Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver - In Session (Mountain Home)
Doyle Lawson is one of the most productive men of bluegrass some four decades into his career.

Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors - Medicine (Magnolia Music)
Rootsy singer Drew Holcomb and his backing band The Neighbors return with a 12-song release. Recorded over eight days at Joe Pisapia's Middletree Studios in East Nashville, Tenn., the album was co-produced by Pisapia (Ben Folds, KD Lang, Guster, Josh Rouse), Holcomb and his band. Among the band members is wife Ellie Holcomb.

Jim White Vs. the Packway Handle Band - Take It Like a Man (Yep Roc)
Jim White is a left-of-center singer, musician, philosopher and the man who was supposed to produce the album of The Packway Handle Band, a Georgia bluegrass band. Only, he also played a large role in appearing on the album. The result is a left-of-center bluegrass-based disc as well.

Punch Brothers - The Phosphorescent Blues (Nonesuch)
Punch Brothers team up with producer T Bone Burnett. Last summer, the band and Burnett spent a month at Hollywood's Ocean Way Recording putting down the songs that guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjo player Noam Pikelny, mandolinist and lead singer Chris Thile, and fiddler Gabe Witcher wrote during several writing retreats last winter and spring.

The Lone Bellow - Then Came the Morning (Columbia)
Brooklyn-based trio The Lone Bellow releases its second disc after its debut gained much acclaim.

January 20, 2015

Ryan Bingham - Fear & Saturday Night (Thirty Tigers)
Ryan Bingham releases his fifth album and first since 2012's "Tomorrowland."

Jim Ed Brown - In Style Again (Plowboy)
Jim Ed Brown's has been a long-time coming. This is his first release in more than 30 years. He has been a mainstay of the Grand Ole Opry and his sisters Maxine and Bonnie had a slew of hits in the early '50s. He later had hits with Helen Cornelius from 1976-1981. The new disc contains 13 songs, including "Tried and True," Older Guy" and "Am I Still Country?

Ralph Stanley - Man of Constant Sorrow (2015) (Cracker Barrel)
The ageless Ralph Stanley is out with an album of new material featuring Dierks Bentley, Elvis Costello, Del McCoury, Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale, Old Crow Medicine Show, Robert Plant, Ricky Skaggs, Nathan Stanley, Josh Turner, Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings and Lee Ann Womack. Stanley performs two songs solo. Stanley, 87, recorded the disc in Nashville with Lauderdale and Miller producing. Stanley's backing band, the Clinch Mountain Boys, help out on most of the 13 songs. Stanley released a compilation album with the same name in 2000, but this is a brand new package.

Norman Blake - Wood, Wire & Words (Plectrafone/Western Jubilee)
Norman Blake releases his first album of his own material in 30 years with his guitar the lone instrument. Wife Nancy sings vocal harmonies on one song. Blake has worked with everyone from Dylan to Cash.

January 13, 2015

Justin Townes Earle - Absent Fathers (Vagrant)
Justin Townes Earle bookends "Single Mothers" with this disc recorded at the same time. Earle felt that the CDs should be released separately. "Single Mothers" was released in September 2014 by Vagrant.

Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley - Before the Sun Goes Down (Compass)
Dobro master Rob Ickes, 15-time IBMA winner for that instrument, and young and upcoming Tennessee singer Trey Hensley team up for a country disc with mainly a bunch of covers ranging from Billy Joe Shaver's "Georgia on a Fast Train" to Stevie Ray Vaughan ("Pride & Joy") to a trifecta from Merle Haggard. Hensley sang vocals on a Blue Highway disc out last year.

Cody Canada & The Departed - HippieLovePunk (Underground Sound)
Cody Canada is best known for being a member of the defunct band Cross Canadian Ragweed. He returns with his band The Departed and wrote all 11 songs.

Trace Adkins - Live Country DVD (Eagle Vision)
Trace Adkins releases a live DVD of a concert from Huntington, N.Y.

RaeLynn - Me (Republic)
RaeLynn was a season two contestant on The Voice. She didn't win, but it helped her career. This is a five-song EP with all songs written by the Texan. The release includes her hit "God Made Girls."

January 7, 2015

Darrell Goldman - The Bed I've Made ( Self-released)
Darrell Goldman produced his country debut, which was decades in the making. Goldman also wrote all eight songs.

January 6, 2015

Victor Krummenacher - Hard to See Trouble Coming (Veritas)
Victor Krummenacher, one-half of Camper Van Beethoven, explores a darker, cosmic country rock flavor with his ninth solo album. The album features Krummenacher on bass as well as lead guitars throughout, a first for him.