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October 28, 2016

Kenny Chesney - Cosmic Hallelujah (Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville)
Kenny Chesney releases his 17th studio album. The first single was "Noise," which reached 14 on the charts. The follow-up single was "Setting the World on Fire," a song that also features pop singer Pink.

October 21, 2016

Ronnie Dunn - Tattooed Heart (Big Machine)
Ronnie Dunn, of Brooks & Dunn fame, makes his label debut.

October 14, 2016

Blackberry Smoke - Like An Arrow (Three Legged/Thirty Tigers)
Since their debut in 2001, Blackberry Smoke, a 5-piece band consisting of Charlie Starr (lead vocals, guitar), Richard Turner (bass, vocals), Brit Turner (drums), Paul Jackson (guitar, vocals), and Brandon Still (keyboards), has released four full-length studio albums, including their most recent, 2015's "Holding All the Roses," which debuted in first on the Billboard Country Albums chart and eight on the Billboard Rock Albums chart.

September 30, 2016

Mandolin Orange - Blindfaller (Yep Roc)
Mandolin Orange releases its third disc for Yep Roc and utilizes a band this time around. Mandolin Orange is a North Carolina duo comprised of Emily Frantz (fiddle/vocals) and Andrew Marlin. With a band, they recorded 10 songs over a one-week period.

John Prine - For Better, Or Worse (Oh Boy)
John Prine releases a 14-song disc with female counterparts on every song except the closer, "Just Waitin'." Among those helping out are Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Iris Dement, Holly Williams and Allison Krauss.

Luke Winslow-King - I'm Glad Trouble Don't Last Always (Bloodshot)
New Orleans-based musician Luke Winslow-King releases his third disc for the Chicago label, Bloodshot. The disc was penned and recorded while Winslow-King and his newly formed band were on a summer tour of Italy in 2015. Winslow-King mixes blues and country.

William Michael Morgan - Vinyl (Warner Nashville)
William Michael Morgan releases his full-length debut after putting out an EP earlier this year. The Mississippi native, who has a traditional sound, has enjoyed radio play with "I Met a Girl."

September 23, 2016

Luke Bryan - Farm Tour... (Capitol)
Luke Bryan releases an EP related to his annual farm tour of the south.

Dwight Yoakam - Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars... (Sugar Hill)
Dwight Yoakam goes bluegrass in making his debut for Sugar Hill. Yoakam assembled a band of bluegrass players to reinterpret 11 favorites from his catalogue. This project was produced by nine-time Grammy winner Gary Paczosa (Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton), Jon Randall (songwriter of "Whiskey Lullaby") and Yoakam, recorded at both Southern Ground Studio in Nashville and Capitol Records Studio B in Los Angeles and mixed by Chris Lord Alge. Nine-time international Bluegrass Music Association Guitar Player of the Year Bryan Sutton, Grammy winner Stuart Duncan on fiddle and banjo, 14-time Grammy winner Barry Bales on bass, Adam Steffey on mandolin (Alison Krauss), and Scott Vestal on banjo (Sam Bush) all played on the CD.

September 12, 2016

The Time Jumpers - Kid Sister (Rounder)
The Time Jumpers return following the passing of one of their members, Dawn Sears.

September 9, 2016

Jason Aldean - They Don't Know (Broken Bow)
Jason Aldean is back with a 15-song release. "Lights Come on," the lead-off track, is a hit single for Aldean.

August 26, 2016

Florida Georgia Line - Dig Your Roots (Big Machine)
Florida Georgia Line is releasing a 15-song release with "H.O.L.Y" a big hit out of the box. Tim McGraw, The Backstreet Boys and Ziggy Marley all help out on vocals. Once again, Joey Moi produced for FGL.

Jack Ingram - Midnight Motel (Rounder)
Veteran Texas artist Jack Ingram makes his label debut.

Mickey Galyean & Cullen's Ridge - My Daddy's Grass (Rebel)
For Mickey Galyean & Cullen's Ridge, the daddy in question is Cullen Galyen, who was with regional groups in the Carolinas. Galyean on rhythm guitar and singing lead is joined by Brad Hiatt on acoustic bass and baritone vocals and Rick Pardue on banjo and tenor vocals. Pardue, author of the 2012 IBMA Song of the Year, "A Far Cry from Lester and Earl," also wrote five original songs for the album. Billy Hawks, formerly of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Big Country Bluegrass, and Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice and winner of the Galax Bluegrass Fiddle Competition, also is in the group.

The Devil Makes Three - Redemption & Ruin (New West)
The Devil Makes Three offers a covers disc neatly divided between songs about "redemption" and the other batch about "ruin." Among the writers covered are bluesmen Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters along with Kris Kristofferson, Ralph Stanley and Tom Waits.

Bill Kirchen and Austin DeLone - Transatlanticana (Red House)
Bill Kirchen and Austin de Lone join up for an album recorded in both Kirchen's native U.S. and DeLone's England. Kirchen co-founded Commander Cody & The Lost Planet Airmen. De Lone formed Eggs Over Easy, who helped start British pub rock. The pair have been writing together since the 1970s while in The Moonlighters. The lead off "Hounds of the Bakersfield" is a tribute to Merle Haggard. Special guest Butch Hancock (The Flatlanders) sings a duet on his Texas boogie "Oxblood" with Kirchen.

August 19, 2016

Dale Watson - Live At The Big T Roadhouse, Chicken S#!+ Bingo Sunday (Red House)
Dale Watson and his Lone Stars go the live route with a show recorded at his Big T Roadhouse in St. Hedwig, Texas. The set finds Watson covering Merle Haggard's "Tonight the Bottle Me Down" along with some of his material, including "I Lie When I Drink (And I Drink a Lot)."

The Stray Birds - Magic Fire (Yep Roc)
The Stray Birds from Lancaster, Pa. return with a disc produced by guitarist Larry Campbell. The trio - Oliver Craven, Maya De Vitry and Oliver Muench - was joined in the studio and now on the road by Eau Claire, Wisconsin musician Shane Leonard (drums/percussion/vocals)

Dolly Parton - Pure & Simple (Dolly Records/RCA Nashville)
Dolly Parton's album is a collection of love songs.

The Coal Men - Pushed to the Side (Vaskaleedez)
The Coalmen are a Nashville-based roots rock and country band consisting of Dave Coleman, Dave Ray and Paul Slivka. Guitarist/vocalist Coleman and co-founding drummer/vocalist Dave Ray have been together 17 years.

Drake White - Spark (Dot)
Alabama native Drake White releases his debut for the label. Recorded in Nashville, the Ross Copperman and Jeremy Stover-produced project contains 12 tracks, 10 of which White co-wrote.

August 12, 2016

Hymn for Her - Drive Til U Die ( Self-released)
Hymn for Her are husband-and-wife duo Lucy Tight and Wayne Waxing, who recorded part of the disc, melding country rock, rock and roots, in their '61 Bambi Airstream. Producer Mitch Easter (R.E.M., Let's Active) captured their softer side, recording "Seas of Croatia," "Milkweed" and "Honeycomb" at his Fidelitorium in Kernersville, N.C. Easter also mixed two of three Airstream-recorded tracks: "Mazzy Star" and "Acetylene." Vance Powell (engineer for Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Jack White) produced five tracks.

Justin Moore - Kinda Don't Care (Valory Music)
Justin Moore releases his fourth studio disc. A deluxe version contains 17 tracks, while the regular version has a dozen. The release comes almost three years after "Off the Beaten Track."

Boo Ray - Sea of Lights ( Self-released)
Nashville-based Boo Ray releases his fifth album. Ray said he cut the album live-to-tape in two days. The 10-song disc was recorded in Los Angeles with Noah Shain producing.

August 5, 2016

The Cadillac Three - Bury Me In My Boots (Big Machine)
The Cadillac Three release their second full-length disc. "Drunk Like You" is the first single from the disc by the trio.

The O'Connor Band - Coming Home (Rounder)
Mark O'Connor leads the family ensemble. The band boasts three fiddlers in Mark, his wife Maggie O'Connor and Kate Lee. Mark and Maggie's son, Forrest, a former Tennessee State Mandolin Champion, is the band's mandolin player. He and Lee are the group's primary songwriters and lead vocalists.

Chris Lane - Girl Problems (Big Loud)
Chris Lane, who has enjoyed a hit with "Fix," makes his debut. Joey Moi produced the dozen-song release.

August 2, 2016

Kent Rose - All That American Night (Memory Train)
Chicago mainstay Kent Rose goes for a more traditional sound on a disc recorded in Nashville.

July 29, 2016

Jake Owen - American Love (RCA Nashville)
Jake Owen releases his fifth studio disc with "American Country Love Song" the first single. Shane McAnally and Ross Copperman co-produced eight of the tracks (one of those with Luke Laird). For the first time in his career, Owen is a co-producer on three tracks with Lukas Bracewell.

Hillary Scott & the Scott Family - Love Remains (EMI Nashville)
Hillary Scott, one third of Lady Antebellum, goes the solo route sort of. She actually has some help from the family on the disc. A 13-track collection of faith-based songs, this is a combination of hymns that Scott grew up singing in church, newly-written originals and songs made popular by other artists. With the help of producer Ricky Skaggs, the album merges gospel, bluegrass, country and pop.

Lori McKenna - The Bird & The Rifle (CN/Thirty Tigers)
Lori McKenna is enjoying tremendous success as a songwriter ("Little Big Town's "Girl Crush"), but has enjoyed a long career as an artist in her own right. Her latest includes 10 songs, including "Humble & Kind," which she previously recorded and Tim McGraw had a h it with this year.

National Park Radio - The Great Divide ( Self-released)
The Arkansas quartet releases its full-length debut after having had out an EP a few years ago. Derek Hames produced the 11-song set.

July 27, 2016

The Royal Hounds - Poker All Night Long ( Self-released)
The Royal Hounds are an east Tennessee-rockabilly-based band that has done time in the City of Sin as well. The trio recorded the album in Las Vegas.

July 24, 2016

John Gorka - Before Beginning (Red House)
Since his 1987 Red House release, "I Know," introduced John Gorka to the public, the Minnesota-via-New Jersey guitarist and songwriter has recorded 13 albums. But his first sessions went unreleased until now. The songs were recorded in Nashville at Cowboy Jack Clements studio in 1985 with producer Jim Rooney (John Prine, Nanci Griffith, Iris Dement). Still finding his way, Gorka decided to go a different direction and the sessions were never released. Recorded spontaneously with a full band of Nashville players and Shawn Colvin and Lucy Kaplansky on harmony vocals these sessions provide a look into Gorka at the start. Featuring nine of the 12 songs that would be on "I Know," there s also a full band version of "Geza's Wailing Ways," a track that first appeared in 1983 on a Fast Folk compilation.

July 22, 2016

Jeff Scroggins and Colorado - Ramblin Feels Good ( Self-released)
Fronted by two-time National Banjo Champion ​Jeff Scroggins, the group also includes his son, mandolinist and composer Tristan Scroggins and vocalist Greg Blake. Fiddler Andy Leftwich, two-time IBMA award winning bassist Mark Schatz (Bela Fleck, Linda Ronstadt), and harmony vocalists Don Rigsby (Charlie Sizemore), and David Peterson hel out.

July 15, 2016

Confederate Railroad - Lucky to Be Alive (BFD)
Confederate Railroad, perhaps best known for "Trashy Women," returns with a disc including an update version of that song, "Trashy Women (Twentieth Century)." Other songs are "Psycho Bitch From Hell" and "Fast Cars, Guitars and Fine Tuned Women."

The Earls of Leicester - Rattle & Roar (Rounder)
Bluegrass super group The Earls of Leicester releases its second album. The 17-song release, a paean to Flatt & Scruggs, was recorded in one room, with all of the band members around mic. The group includes Jerry Douglas on Dobro, Johnny Warren on fiddle (his father, Paul, held down that role for F&S), Charlie Cushman on banjo, Barry Bales on bass and Shawn Camp on vocals. Jeff White replaced Tim O'Brien on mandolin.

David Nail - The Fighter (MCA Nashville)
David Nail releases his fourth studio disc."Night's on Fire" was the first single from the release.

Marley's Ghost - The Woodstock Sessions (Sage Arts)
Marley's Ghost - singer/multi-instrumentalists Dan Wheetman, Jon Wilcox, Mike Phelan, Ed Littlefield Jr. and Jerry Fletcher - return with its first release in four years. Larry Campbell, who plays guitar on the disc, also produced. The release is comprised mainly of traditional songs, such as "Ain't That Trouble in Mind" and "Blind Fiddler."

Steven Tyler - We're All Somebody From Somewhere (Dot)
Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler releases his first solo disc. Tyler produced the 13-song set with help from T Bone Burnett, Dann Huff, Marti Frederiksen and Jaren Johnston (The Cadillac Three). The title track, "Love is Your Name" and "Red, White & You" are the first three singles.

July 8, 2016

Newtown - Harlan Road (Mountain Home)
The Lexington, Ky.-based band is fronted by award-winning fiddler Kati Penn and her husband, Jr. Williams, a banjo player. Barry Bales of Union Station produced.

Sean McConnell - Sean McConnell (Rounder)
Sean McConnell has built a resume as a songwriter for the likes of Tim McGraw and Christina Aguilera. His debut includes 10 songs.

Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley - The Country Blues (Compass)
Dobro master Rob Ickes and singer Trey Hensley join forces for their second release together. They debuted in 2015 with "Before the Sun Goes Down. The new release includes originals as well as covers such as "Friend of the Devil" and "One Way Out."

Mark Chesnutt - Tradition Lives (Row Entertainment)
Texas honky tonker Mark Chesnutt releases his first album since 2010's "Outlaws." Jimmy Ritchey once again produced Chesnutt, who has 13 songs on the disc.

July 1, 2016

Edgar Loudermilk - Georgia Maple (Pinecastle)
Edgar Loudermilk started by playing with Rhonda Vincent's band. He also played in Marty Raybon's band and IIIrd Tyme Out. Loudermilk's latest solo effort went to three on the Billboard charts.

Sara Watkins - Young in All the Wrong Ways (New West)
Sara Watkins goes solo again, something she's done when not with Nickel Creek. The 10-song set was produced by Gabe Witcher of Punch Brothers fame.

June 24, 2016

Tommy Womack - Namaste ( Self-released)
Tommy Womack, a singer/songwriter from Sturgis, Ky., releases his eighth album overall and first in four years. Jimmy Buffett, Jason Ringenberg, Dan Baird, David Olney, Todd Snider, Kevin Fowler and Scott Kempner of The Del Lords all have recorded his songs. Womack was in the band Government Cheese.

Sam Bush - Storyman (Sugar Hill)
Bluegrass/jamgrass ace Sam Bush releases his first disc in 7 years (2009's "Circles Around Me").

The Avett Brothers - True Sadness (Universal Republic)
North Carolina's finest, the Avett Brothers are out with a 12-song release.

June 17, 2016

Jon Pardi - California Sunrise (Capitol)
Jon Pardi releases his second full-length and third overall. "Head Over Boots" is the first single from the new disc, which contains a dozen songs. Pardi's debut, "Write You A Song," featured his Gold-selling Top 10 hit, "Up All Night," along with fan-favorites What I Can t Put Down," "Missin You Crazy" and "When I've Been Drinkin." Pardi mixes traditional country sounds and rock.

Clint Morgan - Scofflaw (Lost Cause)

Kris Kristofferson - The Cedar Creek Sessions (KK Records)
Recorded live June 23-25, 2014 at Cedar Creek Recording in Austin, Kris Kristofferson hosted a three-day impromptu jam session. Produced by Tamara Saviano and Shawn Camp, the group cut 25 of Kristofferson's favorite songs. Camp (guitar), Kevin Smith (bass), Michael Ramos (keys) and Mike Meadows (drums) played. Sheryl Crow sang a duet of ''The Loving Gift,'' a song made famous by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash.

LoCash - The Fighters (Reviver Music)
Preston Burst and Chris Lucas release their full-length debut after a previous EP and chart success as songwriters on Keith Urban's "You Gonna Fly" and Tim McGraw's "Truck Yeah." LoCash, formerly known as LoCash Cowboys, are in the mode of Florida Georgia Line.

Irene Kelley - These Hills (Mountain Home)
Irene Kelley's mix of bluegrass, country and Americana finds her on a new label. A native of Latrobe, Pa., Kelley made herself a name as a songwriter. She had songs cut by Alan Jackson, Trisha Yearwood, Loretta Lynn, Pat Green, Brother Phelps, Rhonda Vincent, Claire Lynch, Darrell Scott, The Whites and the Osborne Brothers. Stuart Duncan (fiddle), Adam Steffey (mandolin), Brian Sutton (guitar), Scott Vestal (banjo), Mark Fain (bass) all contribute. The first single, ""Carolina Wind"" features harmony vocals from Claire Lynch and Ronnie Bowman.

Sarah Jarosz - Undercurrent (Sugar Hill)
On her fourth release, Sarah Jarosz anchors the 11-song release with a quartet of songs written and performed solo "Early Morning Light," "Everything to Hide," "Take Another Turn" and "Jacqueline."

June 10, 2016

Brandy Clark - Big Day in a Small Town (Warner)
Brandy Clark releases the follow-up to her very well received "12 Stories." Jay Joyce produced the 11 songs, which focus on people in her hometown of Morton, Wash. Clark has gained acclaim as a songwriter as well, having penned "Mama's Broken Heart" (Miranda Lambert), "Bigger Dig Two" (The Band Perry) and "Biscuits" (Kacey Musgraves).

Colvin & Earle - Colvin & Earle (Fantasy)
Steve Earle and Shawn Colvin merge forces after long solo careers. Produced by Buddy Miller and recorded in his living room studio, "Colvin & Earle" contains six co-written originals plus covers including the Rolling Stones "Ruby Tuesday" and Emmylou Harris "Raise the Dead."

Drew Baldridge - Dirt On Us (Cold River)
After releasing an EP, Drew Baldridge makes his full-length CD, which is very contemporary sounding. The Illinois native released an EP earlier this year. Tim Nichols has six cuts on the full release.

Frankie Ballard - EI Rio (Warner)
Frankie Ballard releases his third album. The first single is "It All Started With a Beer." Marshall Altman produced the 11-song set.

Michael Fracasso - Here Come the Savages (Blue Door)
Texas music veteran Michael Fracasso releases his ninth disc, which includes originals and covers including The Beach Boys' "Caroline No," The Kinks' "Better Things" and The Rascals' "How Can I Be Sure."

Ana Egge & the Sentimentals - Say That Now (Grace Records and Sentimental Music)
Texas singer Ana Egge teams with a Danish folk rock band, The Sentimentals, Egge holed up with The Sentimentals - MC Hansen (vocals, harmonica, guitars), Nikolaj Wolf (bass), and Jacob Chano (drums) - over two sessions to record the songs on her new album. Egge had met them before, either at roots music conferences and toured with through Denmark before.

Tara Thompson - Someone to Take Your Place EP (Valory Music)
Tara Thompson releases a five-song EP with the title track the first single from the project. Thompson was raised in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Thompson, the young cousin of Loretta Lynn, left home as a teenager and moved to Nashville, becoming a regular performer at honky-tonks downtown. She sang there for six years straight, performing classic country songs by Willie Nelson and Patsy Cline during her daily and nightly shows.

June 3, 2016

Craig Morgan - A Lot More to Me (Black River)
Craig Morgan releases his first album of new songs in more than four years. He co-produced the -song set with Byron Gallimore (Tim McGraw, Lee Ann Womack). Morgan's last disc was "This Ole Boy" in 2012.

The Lonely Heartstring Band - Deep Waters (Rounder)
Boston-based bluegrass band The Lonely Heartstring Band makes its debut. Four of the five band members of The Lonely Heartstring Band met while students at Boston's Berklee College of Music. They are the winners of the 2015 International Bluegrass Music Association's Momentum Award, and feature Charles Clements (bass & vocals), George Clements (guitar & lead vocals), Gabe Hirshfeld (banjo), Patrick M'Gonigle (fiddle, vocals), and Matt Witler (mandolin).

The Farm Hands - Dig in the Dirt (Pinecastle)
The Farm Hands release their second disc for the label. The group is led by by Daryl Mosley (vocals and bass) and Tim Graves (vocals and Dobro and also includes Keith Tew on guitar, Bennie Boling on banjo and Kimberly Bibb on fiddle.

Maren Morris - Hero (Sony Nashville)
Texas artist Maren Morris makes her full-length major label debut. Morris, who has a hit single with "My Church," released an EP last year. Four of the songs on the EP are reprised here. Morris also helped produce the 11 songs, which include reggae and hip hop sounds.

Cornflower Blue - Invincible ( Self-released)
Canadian band Cornflower Blue releases its third album. The quintet includes Theresa McInerney, Trevor May, Deanna McDougall, Dasha Korycan and Robbie MacLeod. McInerney and May share lead vocals.

Dan + Shay - Obssessed (Warner)
Dan + Shay will try to avoid the sophomore slump on their new disc. "From the Ground Up" is the first single from the release. The song was written by the pair along with Chris DeStefano and co-produced by the duo's Dan Smyers and Scott Hendricks.

Sister Sadie - Sister Sadie (Pinecastle)
Sister Sadie is a bluegrass supergroup consisting of five women, who are making their debut. The band consists of guitarist and five-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year Dale Ann Bradley, mandolinist Tina Adair (The Tina Adair Band), banjoist Gena Britt (Alan Bibey & Grasstowne), fiddler Deanie Richardson (New Coon Creek Girls, Patty Loveless, Bob Seger) and bassist Beth Lawrence.

Cassadee Pope - Summer EP (Big Machine)
Cassadee Pope, who enjoyed success by singing on Chris Young's hit, "Think of You," is out with a four-song EP.

Bryan Sutton - The More I Learn (Sugar Hill)
Bluegrass guitarist Bryan Sutton puts out a 13-song disc, which includes three instrumentals. Sutton has won a Grammy for his duet recording with Doc Watson and has brought home the International Bluegrass Music Association award for Guitarist of the Year six times.

Various Artists - To Emmylou (Fleeing Ghost)
"To Emmylou" is an 11-song tribute album featuring Los Angeles bands covering songs of Emmylou Harris. Artists on the release include Ashleigh Flynn ("Red Dirt Girl"), The Silver Lake Chorus ("Timberline"), Burning Jet Black ("Six White Cadillacs") and Wires in the Walls ("Michelangelo").

Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen - Watch This (Lil Buddy Toons)
Texas country artists Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen teamed up for "Hold My Beer, Vol. 1" in 2015. They toured, and the 19 songs are from shows at the House of Blues in Dallas and Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos, Texas. are from those sessions. Bowen and Rogers played acoustic sets and only were helped by Kyle Wieters on harmonica on "West Texas Rain."

Western Centuries - Weight of the World (Free Dirt)
Western Centuries, a Seattle-based traditional country band including Cahalen Morrison, debuts with a disc produced by Bill Reynolds of Band of Horses. Formed originally under the name Country Hammer by Morrison, known for his work as an acoustic duo with Eli West, Western Centuries revolves around three principal songwriters - Morrison, Ethan Lawton and Jim Miller.

The Small Glories - Wondrous Traveler ( Self-released)
The Small Glories are comprised of Cara Luft, a founder and former member of The Wailin' Jenny, and JD Edwards. They debut with an album of folk and rootsy sounds. Produced by 50-40 frontman Neil Osborne, "Wondrous Traveler" features vocals from both.