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November 18, 2016

Miranda Lambert - The Weight of These Wings (Sony Music Nashville)
Miranda Lambert releases her sixth album, the first since "Platinum" in 2014. "Vice" is the first single from the new album.

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.

Wayne Hancock - Slingin' Rhythm (Bloodshot)
Wayne "the Train" Hancock releases his first album since 2013's "Ride." The Texan merges, swing, jazz, country and blues sounds on this set.

October 21, 2016

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

October 14, 2016

Chris Young - It Must Be Christmas (RCA Nashville)
Chris Young releases his first holiday disc and sixth overall. Several originals are on the release, which he co-produced with Corey Crowder.

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.

October 7, 2016

Tucker Beathard - Fight Like Hell (Big Machine)
Tucker Beathard releases a six-song EP following on the heels of the success of his single "Rock On." He had a hand in writing all of the songs.

Jackie Bristow - Shot of Gold (Montana Music)
New Zealand singer Jackie Bristow releases her fourth album.

Loretta Lynn - White Christmas Blue (Sony Legacy)

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.

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Friends - Circlin' Back: Celebrating 50 Years (NGDB/Warner)
Recorded live at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Friends captures the band joined onstage by John Prine, Sam Bush, Vince Gill, Jerry Jeff Walker, Alison Krauss, Rodney Crowell, Byron House, and Jerry Douglas. Early Dirt Band member Jackson Browne joined in, along with longtime member Jimmy Ibbotson. Jeff Hanna (guitars/vocals), Jimmie Fadden (drums/harmonica/vocals), Bob Carpenter (keyboards/accordion/vocals) and John McEuen (banjo/fiddle/guitar/mandolin) comprise the band. The CD consists of 18 songs with the DVD including 19.

Jim Lauderdale - This Changes Everything (Sky Crunch)
Jim Lauderdale is in a highly productive period with many releases in the past two years. this release contains 11 songs and was produced by Tommy Detamore. The release is a tribute to Texas songwriters and include the hit Lauderdale helped pen for George Strait, "We Really Shouldn't Be Doing This."

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...Here's to the Farmer (Capitol)
Luke Bryan releases an EP related to his annual farm tour of the south. Bryan has an enjoyed a history of releasing EPs - this is his eighth - but most focused on his "Spring Break" series.

Reckless Kelly - Sunset Motel (No Big Deal)
Long-running Texas quintet Reckless Kelly celebrates its 20th anniversary with this 13-song release. The band, which combines roots, rock and country influences, won a Grammy Award for Best Recording Package for its 2013 release, "Long Night Moon."

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 16, 2016

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.

Aaron Lewis - Sinner (Dot)
Hard rocking Staind front man Aaron Lewis returns with an 11-song set. Willie Nelson sings on the title cut, the opening track. Buddy Cannon (George Strait, Merle Haggard, George Jones) produced and recorded over 16 hours at Nashville's Blackbird Studios.

The Handsome Family - Unseen (Virtual)
The husband-and-wife duo, Brett and Rennie Sparks, who comprise The Handsome Family release their 10th disc. They recorded the music in their home studio in New Mexico. The Sparks have released 10 albums since 1995's "Odessa."

September 9, 2016

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

Blue Highway - Original Traditional (Rounder)
Long-running bluegrass band Blue Highway is back with 12 all-new originals. Shawn Lane, Tim Stafford and Wayne Taylor all handle lead vocals. Jason Burleson plays banjo as well for the group, which also now includes Dobro player Gaven Largent. Jason Burleson remains on banjo.

Trio - The Complete Trio (Rhino)
Trio is Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton. "The Complete Trio" includes their previously recorded discs along with The threesome released two albums together, "Trio" (1987) and "Trio II" (1999). The bonus disc has 20 songs, including alternate takes of album tracks like "I've Had Enough," "Making Plans" and "My Dear Companion." Also featured are 11 unreleased recordings from the trio spanning both album sessions including "Waltz Across Texas Tonight," "Pleasant As May," "Are You Tired of Me," and the gospel standard "Softly And Tenderly." Among the unreleased material is also an alternate version of "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind?" featuring Parton on lead vocals and an a capella version of "Calling All My Children Home."

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.

Billy Ray Cyrus - Thin Line (Blue Cadillac)
Billy Ray Cyrus gets a bit of family help as Miley helps close out the 15-song set. Shelby Lynne helps out on two songs.

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. Ingram's past includes such songs as "Wherever You Are" and "Barbie Doll." This is his eighth album.

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.

Charlie Daniels - Night Hawk (Megaforce)
Charlie Daniels offers 10 cowboy songs, including "Big Balls in Cow Town" and "Ghost Riders in the Sky." Daniels wrote several of the songs, including "BIlly the Kid" and "Running With the Crowd."

The Price Sisters - The Price Sisters (Rebel)
The Price Sisters make their debut with a seven-song EP. The Sardis, Ohio duo is Lauren (mandolin, harmony/lead vocals) and Leanna (fiddle, lead/harmony vocals). The album was recorded in Nashville by Bil VornDick. Additional instrumentation and vocals were provided by special guests Mike Bub (bass), Dustin Benson (guitar), Charlie Cushman (banjo), Ronnie McCoury (guitar) and Alan Bartram (harmony vocals).

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.

Lydia Loveless - Real (Bloodshot)
Ohio singer Lydia Loveless, who recalls Neko Case, releases her third disc for the label, which crosses genres. "Real" was recorded at Sonic Lounge Studios in Ohio and was engineered and produced by Joe Viers (Dr. John, Twenty One Pilots). Todd May (vocals, guitars, keys), Ben Lamb (bass), Jay Gasper (guitars, pedal steel, keys), George Hondroulis (drums, percussion, keys), Andy Harrison (guitar, keys) and Viers (percussion, guitar) play on the 10-song release.

BJ Barham - Rockingham (At the Helm)
BJ Barham, lead singer of American Aquarium, goes out on his own for this release. Barham wrote most of the album in a matter of days when he was touring overseas with American Aquarium.

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

Chelle Rose - Blue Ridge Blood (Lil' Damsel)
Chelle Rose brings a Lucinda Williams bent to her latest.

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.

The Silks - Turn Me On ( Self-released)
The Silks are a roots rock power trio consisting of Uncle Sam Jodrey, Jonas Parmelee and Tyler-James Kelly with blues a part of the mix. Their second release consists of eight songs and was self-produced. Paul Westerberg produced their debut.

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.

Kristin Scott Benson - Stringworks (Mountain Home)
Banjo ace comes up with a 12-song disc split between banjo tunes and vocals. She produced the disc, which also features husband Wayne, along with Claire Lynch and Shawn Lane on lead vocals.

July 18, 2016

Audie Blaylock and Redline - The Road That Winds (Patuxent)
Bluegrass guitarist makes his debut for the Maryland label with is backing trio RedlIne. The release marks the return of banjoist Evan Ward, who joins fiddle player Patrick McAvinue, and bassist Reed Jones. Blaylock wrote or co-wrote two of the tracks. McAvinue handled a big chunk of the arranging. Jones wrote or co-wrote four of the songs. This is Blaylock's first release since 2012's "Hard Country."

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.

The Way Down Wanderers - The Way Down Wanderers ( Self-released)
The Way Down Wanderers are a self-described modern folk-Americana quintet. The band's debut was produced by Mike Marsh of the Avett Brothers and recorded at Sonic Ranch in El Paso, Texas. Frontmen Austin Thompson and Collin Krause, of Peoria, Ill., formed the group.

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

Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver - Burden Bearer Bluegrass Gospel and A Cappella Favorites (Mountain Home)
The title just about says it all on the latest from Doyle Lawson. He recorded 10 songs a capella and 10 with instrumentaiton, a combination of old and new songs, ranging from the closing "How Great Thou Art" to his own "Brother Have You Heard."

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.