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October 28, 2014

Stoney LaRue - Aviator (eOne)
The Texas native-turned longtime Oklahoman has built a career in those two states. Frank Liddell and Mike McCarthy produced LaRue's disc with "First One to Know" the single.

Little Big Town - Painkiller (Capitol Nashville)

October 21, 2014

Larry Stephenson - Pull Your Savior In (Whysper Dream Music)
The Larry Stephenson Band goes the gospel route with "Pull Your Savior In." Kenny Ingram, Colby Laney, Danny Stewart, Jimmy Fortune, Aubrey Haynie, David Parmley and Dale Perry play on the 12-song disc.

October 14, 2014

Angaleena Presley - American Middle Class (Slate Creek)
Angaleena Presley steps out on her own, while gaining fame as one third of Pistol Annies, the group also featuring Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe. Presley, who hails from coal mining country in Kentucky, produced the dozen songs. Vocalists include Patty Loveless, Chris Stapleton, Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls) and father, Jimmy Presley, who opens the title track with a personal narrative.

Florida Georgia Line - Anything Goes (Big Machine)
The ultra-successful duo Florida Georgia Line releases the follow-up to their debut, "Here's to the Good Times." That featured the number one hits "Stay," "Get Your Shine On," "Round Here" and "Cruise." The new release features the hit "Dirt."

Maggie Bjorklund - Shaken (Bloodshot)
Danish pedal steel player Maggie Bjorklund releases her second disc. She has landed touring gigs with Jack White (and performed on his latest "Lazaretto"), X's John Doe and Exene Cervenka and Howe Gelb and recruited Mark Lanegan, Calexico's Joey Burns and John Convertino, John Auer (the Posies) for her 2011 debut. The new release consists of drummer Convertino, Barb Hunter on cello, Jim Barr (Portishead) on bass, John Parish (noted for his work as a singer/songwriter with PJ Harvey, Sparklehorse) on guitars/electric bass and production, and a featured guest vocal appearance by Kurt Wagner (Lambchop).

The Swon Brothers - The Swon Brothers (Sony/Arista)
Oklahoma duo The Swon Brothers release their debut. Zach and Colton Swon grew up down the street from Carrie Underwood with whom they shared the stage.

Lonesome River Band - Turn on a Dime (Mountain Home)
Bluegrass band Lonesome River Band releases its first disc in four years. The group is led by five-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Banjo Player of the Year Sammy Shelor, vocalist and songwriter Brandon Rickman on guitar, Mike Hartgrove on fiddle, Barry Reed on bass and Randy Jones on mandolin and vocals.

October 7, 2014

Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn - Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn (Rounder)
Solo artists in their own right, banjo power couple and husband-and-wife Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn joined forces for their first release together. The disc is a front porch banjo and vocal album of new music, Appalachian murder ballads, gospel, chamber and blues; the culmination of a yearlong tour as a duo in 2013, following the birth of their son, Juno. Songs include "banjo banjo."

Doug Seegers - Going Down to the River (Rounder)
Doug Seegers makes his debut at the age of 62. Swedish singer Jill Johnson discovered him in a Nashville food pantry. The two subsequently recorded a duet that climbed to the top of the music charts in Sweden. Produced by Will Kimbrough (Todd Snider, Kate Campbell) at Nashville's Sound Emporium studios Buddy Miller and Emmylou Harris both are on the disc.

Jason Aldean - Old Boots, New Dirt (Broken Bow)
Jason Aldean is back with his sixth CD, which features the different sounding number one single "Burnin' It Down." The disc contains 15 songs.

September 30, 2014

Lady Antebellum - 747 (Capitol Nashville)
Lady Antebellum releases its fifth album led by the first single "Bartender." Nathan Chapman co-produced the 14-song disc.

Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers - Another Day From Life (Rebel)
Bluegrass band Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers release their fourth CD. The project is the first album to feature guitarist/lead singer Duane Sparks, an Indiana native.

Blake Shelton - Bringing Back the Sunshine (Warner)

Lucinda Williams - Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone (Highway 20)
Lucinda Williams releases her first ever two-CD studio disc. The release was produced by Tom Overby, Greg Leisz and Williams.

Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White - Hearts Like Ours (Skaggs Family)
Ricky Skaggs and wife Sharon White team up for their first ever release. In 1987, the pair won a CMA Vocal Duo of the Year award for "Love Can't Ever Get Better Than This," but White was touring with her family band, The Whites, and Skaggs was on fire with his solo career, so releasing a full project wasn't possible at the time.

Pieta Brown - Paradise Outlaw (Red House)
PIeta Brown releases her sixth album. Produced by Brown with frequent collaborator and partner, Bo Ramsey, "Paradise Outlaw" was recorded in four days at Bon Iver mastermind Justin Vernon's April Base studio in Wisconsin with a supporting cast that includes Vernon, Amos Lee, Brown's father, singer Greg Brown and members of an experimental group of players she calls the Sawdust Collective. Paradise

Marty Stuart - Saturday Night/ Sunday Morning (Superlatone)
Marty Stuart and his backing band, the Superlatones, release a double CD set.

Hot Rize - When I'm Free (Ten in Hand Records)
Almost 25 years after its last release, bluegrassers Hot Rize return with "When I'm Free." The band consists of Nick Forster, Tim O'Brien, Bryan Sutton and Pete Wernick.

September 23, 2014

Big & Rich - Gravity (Kobalt)

JP Harris and the Tough Choices - Home Is Where The Hurt Is (Cow Island)
JP Harris and the Tough Choices play traditional country music. This is the Alabama band's second disc for the western Massachusetts label. Chance McCoy (Old Crow Medicine Show), Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), and Nikki Lane help out on the 10-song release.

Lori McKenna - Numbered Doors ( Self-released)
Lori McKenna records an album inspired by the "lingering stories" of previous albums "Lorraine" and "Massachusetts." Long-time band member Mark Erelli produced the disc, which initially was slated to be a five-song EP.

Kenny Chesney - The Big Revival (Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville)
Kenny Chesney is out with his 17th release. Once again, Buddy Cannon produced. The disc is off to a good start as lead single "American Kids" is a hit. Grace Potter sings with Chesney on "Wild Child."

Lee Ann Womack - The Way I'm Livin' (Sugar Hill)
Former CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Lee Ann Womack finally returns after a seven-year gap. She has switched labels as well going from the majors (MCA Nashville) to the indie. Frank Liddell, who also is Womack's husband, produced the disc, which contains traditional country. Womack's songs include those penned by Bruce Robison, Julie Miller, Hayes Carll and Chris Knight along with Neil Young.

Imelda May - Tribal (Decca)
Imelda May is a rockabilly filly from Ireland with a lot more sounds than that. This is her third U.S. release. May combines rockabilly, blues, surf guitar sounds and a punky quality as well in an album she co-produced with Dave Crossey.

Josh Abbott Band - Tuesday NIght EP (Atlantic)
Josh Abbott Band makes it label debut. The five-song EP features five original Josh Abbott Band songs. Abbott, from Texas, started the band in 2006. The group includes Preston Wait (fiddle, guitar), James Hertless (bass), Caleb Keeter (guitar), Austin Davis (banjo) and Edward Villanueva (drums).

September 16, 2014

Tim McGraw - Sundown Heaven Town (Big Machine)
Tim McGraw releases his 13th album, which produced two singles in advance of its release: "Lookin' for That Girl" and "Meanwhile Back at Mama's," which features backing vocals from McGraw's wife, Faith Hill. McGraw produced the album with Byron Gallimore, who has produced all of his albums.

George Strait - The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium (MCA Nashville)
George Strait played his last concert on June 7 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas with a bunch of friends in the house. The result is a 20-track live album recorded at his The Cowboy Rides Away Tour finale. Jason Aldean, Ray Benson, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert and Martina McBride showed up to sing with Strait.

The Earls of Leicester - The Earls of Leicester (Rounder)
The Earls of Leicester, spearheaded by Jerry Douglas, pay home to Flatt & Scruggs with this 14-song collection of F&S songs. The other earls are Charlie Cushman on banjo, Tim O'Brien on mandolin, Barry Bales on bass, Johnny Warren, son of longtime F&S fiddler Paul Warren, on fiddle and singer Shawn Camp.

Jerry Douglas, Mike Auldridge and Rob Ickes - Three Bells (Rounder)
"Three Bells"maks a collaboration of Dobro aces Jerry Douglas,Mike Auldridge and Rob Ickes.This was their first work together since 1994's"The Great Dobro Sessions." The new released marked the final recordings of Auldridge, who died on Dec. 28, 2012, shortly after the recordings were completed. The disc contains 11songs including at least one by each artist.

Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice - Trouble Follows Me (Rebel)
Junior Sisk, IBMA vocalist of the year in 2013, continues splitting hairs between country and bluegrass music on these dozen songs. The band includes Jason Davis on banjo, Billy Hawks on fiddle, Jonhnathan Dillon mandolin and Jason Tomlin on bass.

September 9, 2014

Lee Brice - I Don't Dance (Curb)
The title track is the lead hit single from the disc from Lee Brice.

Justin Townes Earle - Single Mothers (Vagrant)
After two and a half years since his last release, Justin Townes Earle is back with his fifth studio disc and first for Vagrant. He adopts a slowish country/blues bent.

Dustin Lynch - Where It's At (Broken Bow)
Dustin Lynch releases his sophomore effort, which contains the hit "Where It's At (Yep Yep)." The disc contains 15 songs.

September 8, 2014

Alabama - Angels Among Us Hymns & Gospel Favorites (Cracker Barrel)
Alabama - Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook - go the gospel route with this new collection. The deluxe version contains 15 songs, 3 more than the regular version. Band members had a hand in writing three of the songs and also produced the set.

September 2, 2014

Phillip Fox Band - Heartland (New Damn Book)
Ohio quartet Phillip Fox Band makes its debut with what it calls country fried rock and roll. The band launched an $18,000 Kickstarter campaign to fund the dozen-song CD.

August 26, 2014

Shovels and Rope - Swimmin' Time (Dualtone)
Husband and wife duo Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent, aka Shovels & Rope, release their sophomore album, the follow-up to 2012's "O' Be Joyful." "The Devil is All Around" is the first song released from the new set.

August 25, 2014

Brad Paisley - Moonshine in the Trunk (Arista Nashville)
Brad Paisley releases the follow-up to last year's controversial "Wheelhouse." The new disc is led by the first single, "River Bank." Luke Wooten produced the disc along with Paisley.

August 19, 2014

Joel Crouse - Even The River Runs (Show Dog - Universal label)
Massachusetts native Joel Crouse makes his debut for the label after releasing three singles. The disc contains 10 songs.

Michael-Ann - Heavy Load ( Self-released)
Born in Kansas City, MIchael-Ann is now based in Los Angeles. She has an EP to her credit. Michael-Ann refers to herself as an "Americana/Country artist with some Linda Ronstadt and Patty Loveless tossed in for good measure."

Chase Rice - Ignite the Night (Dack Janiels)
Chase Rice, who has enjoyed success as one of the writers of "Cruise," the huge Florida Georgia Line hit. He makes his full-length debut here on a disc with a lot of hick hop and bro country, including his current hit "Ready Set Roll" among 15 songs.

Randy Travis - Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am (Warner)
Randy Travis displays his musical influences once again. Songs include "I'm Moving On," " Set 'Em Up Joe" and "Are The Good Times Really Over? "

Various Artists - Look Again to the Wind: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited (Sony Masterworks)
Johnny Cash's "Bitter Tears" receives a tribute. Artists include Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Kris Kristofferson, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. The disc, produced by Joe Henry, marks the 50th anniversary since the release of the original disc. Songs include "The Ballad of Ira Hayes" by Kristofferson, Welch and Rawlings.

Various Artists - NASHVILLE OUTLAWS: A Tribute To Motley Crue (Big Machine)
Motley Crue gets the tribute treatment, country style. Justin Moore contributes "Home Sweet Home" to the set. Others on the set include Florida Georgia Line, The Mavericks, LeAnn Rimes and Cassadee Pope.

Crowe Lawson Williams - Standing Tall and Tough (Mountain Home)
Bluegrass veterans J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson and Paul Williams join forces for their second CD together. They wanted to record songs that were not recorded while working with Jimmy Martin. The set includes three Louvin Brothers song. Lawson produced the set.

Cory Branan - The No-Hit Wonder (Bloodshot)
The Mississippi native releases his second disc for Bloodshot Records. The disc contains a 11 songs and was produced by Paul Ebersold. this is only Branan's fourth disc in 12 years.

August 12, 2014

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen - Cold Spell (Compass)
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen are a bluegrass band from the D.C. area.

Sam Hunt - X2C (Mercury Nashville)
Georgia native Sam Hunt releases a four-song EP as a prelude to a full-length CD in October. He has been riding the charts with his hit single "Leave the Night On."

August 5, 2014

Shooter Jennings - Don't Wait Up (For George) (BCR Los Angeles/Thirty Tigers)
Shooter Jennings releases a five-song tribute EP to George Jones, a friend of his father Waylon. The set contains two originals. The title track initially was written for Jones' next CD, but he passed away before being able to record. Three of the five songs were recorded by Jones.

Laurie Lewis and Kathy Kallick - Laurie & Kathy Sing the Songs of Vern & Ray (Spruce and Maple Music)
Vern Williams and Ray Park grew up in the Ozarks of Arkansas, about five miles away from each other, but never met until moving to central California in the 1950s. Their live performances and recordings in the '60s and '70s largely formed the basis for the bluegrass repertoire in California, and they became influences on many aspiring bluegrass musicians. Among them and playing in their bands on occasion were American roots music veterans Laurie Lewis and Kathy Kallick. They dedicated their first duet album, "Together" (Rounder Records), to Vern and Ray. This is their second collaboration.

Larry Sparks - Lonesome and Then Some (Rebel)
Larry Sparks commemorates his 50th year in bluegrass with an album that features his mentors. Ralph Stanley helps out on Carter Stanley's Loving You Too Well." Curly Seckler, now 94, gives his tenor to Flatt & Scruggs' "Dim Lights, Thick Smoke. The disc also includes a live track of Sparks singing with Bill Monroe year before his death on "In the Pines."

Billy Joe Shaver - Long in the Tooth (Lightning Rod)
Texas singer/songwriter ace Billy Joe Shaver finally releases his first studio album since 2008. Rary Kennedy and Gary NIcholson co-produced the effort.

Sunny Sweeney - Provoked (Aunt Daddy)
Texas singer Sunny Sweeney goes her own way with her latest after being on Big Machine Records. Sweeney gets very personal on a bunch of songs about heartache, drinking, smoking and love gone way wrong. Sweeney had a hand in writing 11 of the 13 songs. Will Hoge sings "My Bed" with Sweeney. Luke Wooten produced Sweeney's third album.

Flatt Lonesome - Too (Mountain Home)
Flatt Lonesome, a family-based bluegrass band, puts out its second release.

July 29, 2014

The Carmonas - The Carmonas ( Self-released)
The Carmonas are a family act consisting of Aaron and Alison Carmona on vocals and Chad Carmona on guitars. Justin Wade Tam produced the release from the Nashville-based band.

July 22, 2014

Sammy Kershaw - Do You Know Me: A Tribute to George Jones (Big Hit)
Sammy Kershaw goes the tribute route with this set dedicated to the music of George Jones. He even has the guts to cover "He Stopped Loving Her Today."

July 15, 2014

Balsam Range - Five (Mountain Home)
Bluegrass band Balsam Range releases its fifth album.

Cowboy Jack Clement - For Once and For All (I.R.S. Nashville)
The late Cowboy Jack Clement releases a dozen-song CD.

Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper - On Down the Line (Compass)
Michael Cleveland has nine International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Fiddle Player of the Year awards under his belt. Flamekeeper is mandolinist/vocalist Nathan Livers, guitarist/vocalist Joshua Richards, banjo man Glenn Gibson and bassist/vocalist Tyler Griffith. Jeff White produced the 14 songs.

Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver - Open Carefully, Message Inside (Mountain Home)
Bluegrass ace Doyle Lawson and his band return with their 20th gospel based disc.

John Hiatt - Terms of My Surrender (New West)
John Hiatt releases his 22nd studio album. Producer Doug Lancio recorded a large chunk of the disc with the full band in the room. The release also includes a DVD, "Live From the Franklin Theatre."

Trampled by Turtles - Wild Animals (Banjodad)
Duluth, Minn.'s finest jamming bluegrass band Trampled by Turtles return with this 11-song set. This is the seventh disc from TBT and contains 11 songs.

July 8, 2014

Mary Sarah - Bridges (Cleopatra)
Mary Sarah may not be a household name, but her friends sure are. That would include Dolly Parton who helps on "Jolene," Willie Nelson on "Crazy," Ray Price on "Heartaches by the Number" and Lynn Anderson on "Rose Garden." Freddy Powers was the executive producer of the project, which is almost entirely cover songs.

BlackHawk - Brothers of the Southland (Loud & Proud)
BlackHawk burst onto the country scene in 1993 with their self-titled album and Top 10 hit single 'Goodbye Says It All." "Brothers of the Southland is the band's first studio release in 12 years. Henry Paul and Dave Robbins remain the mainstays of the band.

Blackberry Smoke - Leave a Scar: Live in North Carolina (Blackberry Smoke)

Dale Watson - Truckin' Sessions Trilogy (Red River)
Austin honky tonker Dale Watson returns to pursuing his trucking songs on this three-release set. Back in 1998, Watson issued a 14-song collection of songs in the tradition of Red Simpson, Merle Haggard, Red Sovine and Dave Dudley called "The Truckin' Sessions". A decade later, Watson released another 14-song outing, "The Truckin' Sessions 2." This is yet another new 14-song set," The Truckin' Sessions 3," with the release also containing the first two sessions.

David Olney - When the Deal Goes Down (Deadbeet)

July 1, 2014

Corb Lund - Counterfeit Blues (New West)
Canadian singer Corb Lund is a re-recording of songs first put out on "Five Dollar Bill" and "Hair in My Eyes Like a Highland Steer," albums the singer-songwriter released in the early 2000's.

Jim Lauderdale - I'm A Song (Self-released)
Jim Lauderdale releases his 26th album and fourth since Oct. 2013. The new releases includes a recast "King of Broken Hearts" from 1991's "Planet of Love."

The Jayhawks - Rainy Day Music (American/UME)
The Jayhawks put out this disc in 2003. It's now reissued with 20 songs, including 6 that were previously unreleased. OF the six, five were demos of songs released in finished form here and elsewhere, while the sixth is a live version of "In the Canyon."

Old Crow Medicine Show - Remedy (ATO)
OId Crow Medicine Show returns with the follow-up to "Carry Me Back." Ted Hutt once again produces. And there is yet again a collaboration with Bob Dylan on "Sweet Armadillo."

The Jayhawks - Smile (American/UME)
The Jayhawks, who started out in Minneapolis, re-issue the 2000 album Box Ezrin produced the set, which features Jen Gunderman subbing for Karen Grotberg. The CD contains 13 original songs plus 6 bonus tracks. The sound ventures well beyond the alt.-country Jayhawks jangly sound.

The Jayhawks - Sound of Lies (American/UME)
Mark Olson, one of the key leaders of The Jayhawks, left the bandl eaving Gary Louis in charge. This is the first disc since Olson's departure. The Jayhawks reissue their 1997 album with bonus tracks. The basic disc contains a dozen songs with five more bonus songs. Two songs, "I Hear You Cry" and "Sleepyhead" were previously unavailable commercially in the U.S.

Colt Ford - Thanks for Listening (Average Joe's)
Country rapper Colt Ford offers a dozen songs on his latest, getting help from friends like Keith Urban on"She's Like It" and Justin Moore on "Farm Life."