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August 19, 2016

The Stray Birds - Magic Fire (Yep Roc)
The Stray Birds return with a disc produced by guitarist Larry Campbell.

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.

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.

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."

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

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

Kenny Chesney - Some Town, Somewhere (Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville)
Kenny Chesney releases his first disc since 2014's "The Big Revival." "Noise" is the first single from the release. Shane McAnally ("Somewhere With You," "American Kids"), Josh Osborne ("Wild Child," "Come Over"), David Lee Murphy ("Pirate Flag," "Living In Fast Forward"), Ross Copperman ("Pirate Flag") and Matraca Berg ("You & Tequila") - as well as Oscar nominee Allison Moorer, Americana Awards winner Hayes Carll and Texas singer/songwriter John Ed Baumann all contributed songs to the project, which was produced by Buddy Cannnon and Chesney. They recorded the CD in Los Angeles and Nashville.

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.

June 24, 2016

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

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.

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).

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.

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).

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").

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.

May 27, 2016

Dierks Bentley - Black (Capitol Nashville)
Dierks Bentley releases his eighth studio album. "Somewhere on a Beach" is the first single from the disc and went to number one. The disc, produced by Russ Copperman, contains 13 songs. Maren Morris helps out on "I'll Be the Moon."

Daniel Romano - Mosey (New West)
Canadian singer Daniel Romano releases the follow-up to "If I've Only One Time Askin'."

May 20, 2016

Mudcrutch - 2 (Warner)
Forty-six years into its existence, Mudcrutch put out its third release. Mudcrutch is comprised of Tom Petty, Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers fame plus Randall Marsh on drums and Tom Leadon on guitar. The five were part of the Gainesville, Fla. band before some went onto bigger and better things. "2" combines Petty-styled rock, country and bluegrass.

The Highwaymen - American Outlaw (Sony Legacy)
The Highwaymen consisted of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. This release consists of three CDs and a DVD from a concert at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.YU. on March 14, 1980. The CDs include two from the Nassau concert and an audio disc with tracks recorded live at various Farm Aid Festivals.

Blake Shelton - If I'm Honest (Warner)
Blake Shelton releases his 10th studio album. Once again, Scott Hendricks produced the release, which contains 15 songs. They include the Top 10 single "Came Here To Forget," "Friends" from the film Angry Birds and the Gwen Stefani duet "Go Ahead And Break My Hear."

May 13, 2016

Al Scorch - Circle Round the Signs (Bloodshot)
Chicago native Al Scorch makes his debut for Bloodshot. He follows in the wake of bands like The Avett Brothers on this set, which he produced with Neil Strauch. Scorch gives a bluesy/bluegrass take on Woody Guthrie's "Slipknot."

Darrell Scott - Couchville Sessions (Full Light)
Singer/songwriter Darrell Scott is out with his first CD since 2012's "Long Ride Home." Scott wrote most of the 14 songs, along with covering songs from Hank Williams, Townes Van Zandt and Johnny Cash. Guy Clark helps out with a narration, while Peter Rowan and John Cowan provide vocal support.

Jennifer Nettles - Playing With Fire (Big Machine)
Jennifer Nettles releases her second solo disc and first for Big Machine. "That Girl" came out in 2014 on Mercury Nashville. "Unlove You" was the first single from "Playing With Fire," but had failed to make much of a dent on the charts.

Various Artists - The Music of Nashville, Season 4, Volume 2 (Big Machine)
The CD is in the latest in the series of releases from the TV show.

Rob Baird - Wrong Side of the River (Hard Luck)
Rob Baird is a Memphis-born songwriter, who has spent time in Texas. This is the follow-up to 2012's "I Swear It's True." Baird writes for Carnival Music and has penned songs with Mark Nesler, Scooter Carusoe, Will Hoge and Gary Nicholson.

May 6, 2016

Mountain Heart - Blue Skies (Compass)
Mountain Heart returns in 2016 with its first studio album in five years. Mountain Heart still consists of long-time members Josh Shilling and Aaron Ramsey. Jeff Partin and Seth Taylor joined after the band's last album was released and violinist and vocalist Molly Cherryholmes (five-time Grammy-nominee) joined just weeks before Blue Skies studio sessions were to begin. Shilling wrote most of the material with a Chris Stapleton and Ronnie Bowman co-write and a rendition of Bob Dylan's "Maggie's Farm."

Cyndi Lauper - Detour (Sire)
Cyndi Lauper is best known as the voice behind "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" and "True Colors," but she's in for a change here. "Detour" is her first country disc, and the New York native covers some of her favorite country songs from the '40s, '50s and '60s. Among them are "Funnel of Love," "Heartaches by the Number," "I Fall to Pieces" and "Nightlife." The latter was written by Willie Nelson more than five decades ago, and he sings on Lauper's version. Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Jewel and Allison Krauss also lend their vocal talents.

Evie Ladin Band - Jump the Fire ( Self-released)
Evie Ladin Band releases its third disc. The band consists of Ladin, Keith Terry on bass and Erik Pearson on guitar. The music combines Appalachian sounds of clawhammer banjo, guitar, bass and percussive dance on the 11 songs.

Keith Urban - Ripcord (Capitol Nashville)
Keith Urban releases his eighth studio disc. He has enjoyed two hits with "Break on Me" and "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16." Carrie Underwood helps out on "The Fighter," while Pitbull and Nile Rodgers are on "Sun Don't Let Me Down."

Mary Chapin Carpenter - The Things That We Are Made Of (Lambert Light/Thirty Tiger)

Cole Swindell - You Should Be Here (Warner Nashville)
After his debut album, "Cole Swindell,' comes the sophomore release. Swindell had 3 number 1 hits in 2015 and wrote chart toppers for Thomas Rhett, Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line. Swindell's new disc contains 13 songs.

April 29, 2016

Jared Hard - 10,000 Hydrogen Bombs ( Self-released)
Hared Hard, an Oklahoma native, moved to Nashville for the music business. He released a six-song EP. Hard released a Christian-themed album in 2010.

AJ Croix - American Idols (Creative Entertainment Network/RED)
Singer/guitarist AJ Croix recorded his disc in Kingston, N.Y. under the guidance of producer Malcolm Burn. This was Croix's third crowd-funded releases, who is from northern New Jersey.

Lonestar - Never Enders (Shanachie)
After 20 years, Lonestar returns with their second effort as a reformed unit.

The Jayhawks - Paging Mr. Proust (Sham/Thirty Tigers)
The Jayhawks are Gary Louris, Karen Grotberg, Marc Perlman, Tim O'Reagan and Kraig Johnson on this 12-song set. Louris produced along with Tucker Martine, who has worked The Decemberists and Peter Buck of REM fame. The band goes beyond its alt.-country sound on this set.

Martina McBride - Reckless (Nash Icon)
Veteran singer makes her debut on the Big Machine Label Group subsidiary. The disc includes 10 songs with the title track the first single. Nathan Chapman, who produced Taylor Swift, and Dann Huff produced McBride.

John Doe - The Westerner (Cool Rock)
John Doe is best known for his work with punk rock band X, but he also has an extensive solo career. On his latest, Doe takes a rootsy approach with help from Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power, and Debbie Harry.

April 22, 2016

Jason Wilber - Echoes (WilberTone)
Jason Wilber, who sings and plays guitar for John Prine, returns with his ninth solo disc and first covers album. Songs from Leon Russell, David Bowie, Joni Mitchell, Pink Floyd, Stevie Wonder, the Rolling Stones, Prine and Graffiti6 are in the mix.

Michael Martin Murphey - High Stakes Cowboy Songs VII ( Self-released)
Michael Martin Murphey is out with 11 cowboy songs. The material includes Murphey's takes on Roger Creager's "I've Got The Guns" and Marty Robbins' standards "Running Gun" and "Master's Call."

Derek Hoke - Southern Moon (Little Hollywood)
South Carolina native Derek Hoke is out with his third release focusing on country and bluegrass. Dexter Green (Elizabeth Cook, Caitlin Rose, The Greenhornes) produced the 10-song set. Hoke recalls Vince Gill vocally on a disc with help from Mickey Raphael (harmonica), John Jarvis (piano) and Elizabeth Cook, Chuck Mead and Robyn Hitchcock on vocals.

April 19, 2016

Ashleigh Flynn - The Low Arc of the Sun ( Self-released)
Ashleigh Flynn goes the live root in this seven-song disc recorded on Dec. 21, 2014 at the Secret Society Ballroom in Portland, Ore.

April 15, 2016

Sturgill Simpson - A Soldier's Guide to Earth (Atlantic)
Kentucky native Sturgill Simpson, who is of the Waylon Jennings school of country, releases his third disc overall and first on a major label. The first single is , "Brace For Impact (Live A Little)." The release was written as a letter to his first child, who was born in the summer of 2014. Simpson produced the nine-song album, a departure since Dave Cobb produced his first two. His last release was the Grammy-nominated 2014 release, "Metamodern Sounds In Country Music."

The Hackensaw Boys - Charismo (Free Dirt)
Hackensaw Boys release only their third full-length studio disc since 2015. As usual, the boys mix it up sonically on the 11 songs. Larry Campbell produced the set.

Del McCoury - Del and Woody (McCoury Music)
Del McCoury takes original lyrics from Woody Guthrie and puts them to music on his latest. The Del McCoury Band provides the musicianship on these dozen songs. McCoury produced the set. Guthrie's daughter, Nora, decided to ask McCoury to add the music after seeing him at the Newport Folk Festival in 2009.

Reagan Boggs - Empty Glasses (Reckless Bess)
Virginia native Reagan Boggs recorded the 13-songs in East Nashville. The disc is the follow-up to her "Quicksand" CD. She covers country and Americana music.

Lizanne Knott - Excellent Day (Proper)
Lzanne Knott sings about love, loss and redemption songs in a mix of Americana, Delta Blues, New Orleans soul and country. The release is the follow-up to her 2013 set, "Standing in the English Rain."

Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers - Sacred Memories (Rebel)
Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers release an all-gospel disc, which Mullins produced in Nashville. The title track was penned by Dolly Parton.

April 8, 2016

Sammy Walker - Brown Eyed Georgia Darlin' (Ramseur)
Singer-songwriter Sammy Walker was Influenced by the folk and country sounds of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie and Hank Williams. Walker emerged in the mid-1970s with two albums for the Folkways label and two albums for Warner. This disc contains 10 demos from a self-titled 1976 release.

Hayes Carll - Lovers and Leavers (Hwy 87/Thirty Tigers)
Hayes Carll releases his first album in almost five years. The disc contains 10 songs, including "The Magic Kid," which is about his son. The focus on the Joe Henry-produced release is Carll's plain spoken vocals and lyrics.

Kristy Cox - Part of Me (Pisgah Ridge)
Bluegrass singer Kristy Cox, who hails from Australia, offers 11 songs in a disc produced by Jerry Salley. Mike Bub of Del McCoury's band offers upright bass on the set.

Kelley McRae - The Wayside ( Self-released)
"The Wayside" is the fifth release from Kelley McRae, who merges folk and country sounds. McRae's vision was helped by co-writer, guitarist and husband Matt Castelein, whose guitar work and vocal harmonies dot the 11-song CD. Recorded in Vancouver, Canada, Canadian producer Roy Salmond also played keys, bass and percussion on several tracks. Other players included Jon Andersen on lap and pedal steel and Spencer Capier on violin, mandolin and the traditional Greek bouzouki.

April 1, 2016

Levi Hummon - Levi Hummon (Valory Music)
Levin Hummon releases his debut EP, a five-song set. Hummon, who grew up in Nashville, had a hand in writing four of the songs. He also helped write Steven Tyler's current single, "Red, White and You." Hummon's father, Marcus, has enjoyed some success as a songwriter.

Ashleigh Caudill - Looney Bird ( Self-released)
Ashleigh Caudill tows the bluegrass line on her latest, which she co-produced with Jim Hurst.

Elephant Revival - Petals (Thirty Tigers)
The Colorado-based band releases its sixth album. The band merges a combo of sounds including country and bluegrass. Elephant Revival consists of Bonnie Paine, Daniel Rodriguez, Bridget Law, Dango Rose and new band member Charlie Rose.

Town Mountain - Southern Crescent (LoHi)
The Asheville, N.C.-based bluegrass band releases its fifth disc. Produced and engineered by Dirk Powell, the album was recorded in Powell's studio The Cypress House in Breaux Bridge, La. and mixed by Scott Vestal at Digital Underground in Greenbrier, Tenn. The band consists of Robert Greer on vocals and guitar, Jesse Langlais on banjo and vocals, Bobby Britt on fiddle, Phil Barker on mandolin and vocals and Nick DiSebastian on bass.

Matthew Barber & Jill Barber - The Family Album (Outside Music)
Matthew and Jill Barber are a brother/sister duo from Canada. The duo recorded these songs - they call it folk, but it borders on roots/country - in Toronto in 2015. Five of the songs are originals with the remaining six coming from the likes of Neil Young ("Comes a Time") and Townes Van Zandt ("If I Needed You").

Robbie Fulks - Upland Stories (Bloodshot)
Robbie Fulks returns to his southern roots with his ninth release. "Upland Stories" is partially based on Fulks' upbringing in North Carolina along with songs about life in Alabama (three songs are based on a trip author James Agree took to Alabama in 1936) and Virginia.

March 31, 2016

Big City Brian Wright - Honkytonkitis (Big City Records)
Big City Brian Wright (not the singer/songwriter Brian Wright) has the pedigree as he is the brother of Adam Wright, and Alan Jackson happens to be his uncle. Wright has a bit of an Outlaw Country sound about him (he coveres "Lonesome, On'ry and Mean") along with Conway Twitty sounds.