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August 18, 2017

Loretta Lynn - Wouldn't It Be Great (Sony Legacy)
Loretta Lynn releases the second album of her Cash Cash Sessions. The disc includes new material along with takes on previously released material. Daughter Patsy Lynn Russell and John Cater Cash, Johnny's son, produced the 13-song set.

June 23, 2017

Banditos - Visionland (Bloodshot)
Banditos release their sophomore effort for Bloodshot.

June 9, 2017

Glen Campbell - Adios (New West)
Glen Campbell, who is suffering from Alzheimer Disease, releases his final album.

Eli Young Band - Fingerprints (Valory)
Eli Young Band is back with its debut for the label. The release contains 11 songs, 8 of which the band had a hand in writing. Ross Copperman and Jeremy Stover co-produced the music.

Chris Janson - Fix a Drink EP (Warner Nashville)
Chris Janson enjoyed success first time out with "Build Me a Boat." Now, he will release a five-song EP. The title track is the lead single.

Lady Antebellum - Heart Break (Capitol Nashville)
Lady Antebellum releases its sixth studio disc. The release comes after the band took a bit of break during which Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott released albums on their own.

Greta Gaines - Tumbleweed (Big Air)
Greta Gaines, a former snowboarder in the early days of the sport, releases a seven-song EP recorded in East Nashville.

The Secret Sisters - You Don't Own Me Anymore (New West)
The Secret Sisters - they really are sisters Laura and Lydia Rogers - make their debut for the label after previously having been on Universal. Brandi Carlile produced the dozen-song set.

June 2, 2017

A Thousand Horses - Bridges (Big Machine)
A Thousand Horses digitally releases its second country disc and third overall. The 13-song set contains the current single "Preachin' to the Choir" and 7 live cuts. "Smoke," its biggest single to date, closes out the album.

Kasey Chambers - Dragonfly (Essence/MGM)
Aussie veteran Kasey Chambers released a two-CD set on a new label for her. The CD is the follow up to 2014's "Bittersweet" and features special guests Keith Urban, Ed Sheeran, Paul Kelly and Foy Vance. The first disc was produced by Kelly at The Sing Sing Sessions, while the second was produced by Chambers' brother, Nash, at The Foggy Mountain Sessions.

May 26, 2017

Justin Townes Earle - Kids in the Street (New West)
Justin Townes Earle makes his label debut after spending most of his career on Bloodshot. This was the first disc Earle recorded outside of Nashville; he recorded in Omaha, Neb. under Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes). The release contains a dozen songs.

Bobby Bare - Things Change (HYPERMEDIA Nashville)
Bobby Bare may be getting on in years - he's now 81 - but he's not afraid to put out new music. The 10-song set from the Country Music Hall of Famer closes with "Detroit City," perhaps his biggest hit," which features Chris Stapleton. He also covers Mary Gauthier's "I Drink." Max T. Barnes, whose label released the CD, and Jimmy Ritchey produced.

May 19, 2017

Lesley Kernochan - A Calm Sun (Maple Syrup Music)
West Coast artist Lesley Kernochan has been all over the musical map. She debuted with an a cappella creation "Undulating," went indie rock/pop/jazz on "The Pickle Jar," [iut out a children's album, "A Day in the Life of a Boogaleebo" and goes country/Americana on this 14-song release.

Rascal Flatts - Back to Us (Big Machine)
Veteran country popsters Rascal Flatts mine the same territory on the 10-song disc produced by the band. Lauren Alaina helps out on vocals on "Are You Happy Now."

Pokey LaFarge - Manic Revelations (Rounder)
Pokey LaFarge, the pride of St. Louis, releases his eighth album containing 10 new songs.

The Two Tracks - Postcard Town ( Self-released)
The Postcard Tracks formed in 2014 in Sheridan, Wyo. This marks the band's sophomore outing, which was produced by Will Kimbrough. The band consists of Julie Szewc (guitar/vocals), David Huebner (cello, electric guitar, and vocals), Fred Serna (drums/percussion) and Russell Smith (upright bass).

Sara Petite - Road Less Traveled ( Self-released)

The Mastersons - Transient Lullaby (Red House)
The Mastersons are husband-and-wife Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore. They did time in Steve Earle's backing band The Dukes and now have released their third album. B06XHK8W6M

May 12, 2017

Zac Brown Band - Welcome Home (Southern Ground)
Zac Brown Band releases the follow-up to 2015's "Jekyll + Hyde," which veered far more towards rock than country. The new disc is said to be a return to roots.

May 5, 2017

John Moreland - Big Bad Luv (4AD)
Oklahoma singer John Moreland ploughs the dark side of relationships and life on his fourth solo disc with song titles like "Old Wounds," "Every Kind of Wrong" and "Love Is Not An Answer." "Big Bad Luv" was recorded at Fellowship Fall Sound in Little Rock, Ark., produced by Moreland and mixed by Tchad Blake (The Black Keys, Tom Waits, Sheryl Crow).

Various Artists - Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story - An Album to Benefit War Child (Sony Legacy)
Brandi Carlile's breakthrough disc, "The Story," receives tributes from the likes of Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, Margo Price and Adele. Parton covers "The Story." The release benefits a British organization helping children affected by conflict.

Chris Stapleton - From a Room, Volume 1 (MCA Nashville)
Chris Stapleton releases his second disc exactly two years after "Traveller," his surprisingly and hugely successful debut.

David Childers - Run Skeleton Run (Ramseur)
Veteran North Carolina roots/folk singer is back with a dozen-song release.

April 28, 2017

Old Crow Medicine Show - 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde (Columbia)
Old Crow Medicine Show does the tribute thing with an ode to Bob Dylan's classic release. The release was recorded live at the CMA Theater located inside the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum located in Nashville in May 2016.

Kenny George Band - Borrowed Trouble ( Self-released)
Comprised of Kenny George (lead guitar, vocals, songwriter), Bucky Brown (drums, harmony vocals), Center Ely (steel guitar), Brooks Andrews (bass) and Scott Rankin (rhythm guitar, harmony vocals), the band hails from Aiken, S.C. This is the band's fourth release.

Willie Nelson - God's Problem Child (Sony Legacy)
Willie Nelson remains prolific. This is his ninth studio disc since 2012. The release includes seven songs he co-wrote with producer Buddy Cannon. Nelson pays tribute to late friend Merle Haggard on "He Won't Ever Be Gone."

John Mellencamp - Sad Clowns & Hillbillies (Republic)
Heartland rocker John Mellencamp releases his 23rd album. He receives help from Carlene Carter and Martina McBride on the 13-song effort. McBride sings on the single "Grandview." Mellencamp self-produced his album.

Sarah Shook & the Disarmers - Sidelong (Bloodshot)
Sarah Shook & the Disarmers releases its debut album. Again. "Sidelong" came out in 2015 via CD Baby, and then Shook was signed to Bloodshot. The North Carolina band is on the edgier side of country although some is very traditional.

Nu-Blu - Vagabonds (Voxhall)
Nu-Blu releases its sixth album. Hailing from Siler City, N.C., Nu-Blu is anchored by husband-and-wife duo Daniel and Carolyn Routh. Carolyn is a soprano, while Daniel is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist. TJ Honaker on vocals and banjo, and Clint White on fiddle/mandolin round out the quartet's bluegrass/American roots sound.

April 21, 2017

Charlie Worsham - Beginning of Things (Warner)
Charlie Worsham finally releases his sophomore album. He debuted in 2013 with "Rubberband," but failed to break any singles into the top 25. The Mississippi native's new disc will have 13 songs, 9 of which he had a hand in writing.

Flashback - Foxhounds and Fiddles (Pinecastle)
Flashback features former member's of J.D. Crowe and the New South who recorded on the 1995 Grammy mominated album "Flashback." The group features Don Rigsby, Phil Leadbetter, Richard Bennett and Curt Chapman from the original Flashback band. With the retirement of Crowe, Stuart Wyrick was hired to play banjo and sing baritone.

Brad Paisley - Love and War (Arista Nashville)

Jimmy Fortune - Sings the Classics (Gaither Music Group)
Jimmy Fortune of The Statler Brothers fame, offers a covers disc. Songs include "Take Me Home Country Roads," "Take It to the Limit," "Make the World Go Away" and "Wake Up Little Susie," featuring Ricky Skaggs.

The Bucking Mules - Smoke Behind the Clouds (Free Dirt)
The Bucking Mules are a quartet playing Old Time music. The band self-produced the 13-song set. Joseph Decosimo, Karen Celia Heil, Luke Richardson and Joseph DeJarnette comprise the group.

The Harmed Brothers - The Harmed Brothers (Fluff & Gravy)
he Harmed Brothers release its self-titled fourth full-length disc. The band consists of Ray Vietti and Alex Salcido.

Angaleena Presley - Wrangled (Thirty Tigers)
Angaleena Presley, one third of Pistol Annies, releases her second solo release. The Kentucky native scored with her 2014 debut, "American Middle Class," an indie solo release. She gained acclaim for being part of Pistol Annies with Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe. Her new release contains a dozen songs and helps help from the Annies on the opener, "Dreams Don't Come True." Chris Stapleton co-wrote "Only Blood" with Presley, while Guy Clark showed up on "Cheer Up Little Darling" to write and also to have the opening line.

April 14, 2017

Bailey Bryan - So Far (300 Entertainment/Warner Music Nashville)
Bailey Bryan, a 19-year-old Washington native, is out with her five-song debut. the disc includes the single "Own It." Bryan had a hand in writing all five songs. Dennis Matkosky produced the set.

Sam Outlaw - Tenderheart (Six Shooter)
Sam Outlaw returns with the 13-song follow-up to the disc that put him on the map "Angeleno." The North Dakota native, who lives in Los Angeles, co-produced the set once again with Martin Pradler. Outlaw - that's his real name - adopts a more traditional approach to his country.

Chris Shiflett - West Coast Town (SideOne Dummy)
Chris Shiflett's new solo album, "West Coast Town," was produced by Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton). Born in Santa Barbara, Cal. and now based in Los Angeles, Shiflett is the guitarist for Foo Fighters. He also is the creator and host of the weekly podcast, "Walking the Floor with Chris Shiflett," which features one-on-one interviews with a wide range of musical guests, writers, athletes, and artists, including Merle Haggard, Dwight Yoakam, Mike Ness, Steve Earle, John Doe, Sturgill Simpson.

April 7, 2017

Cory Branan - Adios (Bloodshot)
Cory Branan self-produced and recorded in the spring of 2016 at Tweed Studios in Oxford, Miss. with himself on lead vocals and guitar (both electric and acoustic), Robbie Crowell (formerly of Deer Tick) on drums and percussion, keys and horns, and James "Haggs" Haggerty on bass. Amanda Shires contributes on fiddle and vocals, and Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! And Dave Hause provide guest vocals. Branan has four previous full-length releases.

Malcom Holcombe - Pretty Little Troubles (Gypsy Eyes)
Produced by Darrell Scott and recorded at The Sanctuary and Hippie Jack's studios, the album is North Carolina folk/country artist Malcom Holcombe's 15th studio recording and follows 2016's "Another Black Hole."

The Wild Reeds - The World We Built (Dualtone)
A Los Angeles-based quintet, The Wild Reeds' sound is highlighted by the interweaving vocal harmonies of three front-women - Kinsey Lee, Sharon Silva and Mackenzie Howe - who swap lead vocal duties and shuffle between acoustic and electric instruments throughout. They are backed by a rhythm section of Nick Jones (drums) and Nick Phakpiseth (bass). This is their full-length debut after releasing an EP.

March 31, 2017

The Mavericks - Brand New Day (Mono Mundo)
The Mavericks release an independent studio disc six months after putting out a live recording. The 10 songs cover rock, Cuban jazz, folk, blues and rockabilly.

Doyle Lawson and Paul Williams - Chapter 3 (Mountain Home)
Bluegrass veterans Doyle Lawson and Paul Williams team up for the third time. The two played together decades ago as members of Jimmy Martin and his Sunny Mountain Boys.

Rodney Crowell - Close Ties (New West)
Rodney Crowell releases his first CD since "Tarpaper Sky." He gets help from ex-wife Rosanne Cash and Willie Nelson harmonica player Mickey Raphael on the disc along with Sheryl Crow.

Dailey & Vincent - Patriots & Poets (BFD)
Dailey& Vincent team up for a 15-song CD with help from Bela Fleck, Steve Martin, Doyle Lawson and David Rawlings.

Trace Adkins - Something's Going On (Wheelhouse)
Trace Adkins releases his 12th album. Produced by Mickey Jack Cones, the release contains a dozen songs and marks Adkins' first release for the Broken Bow subsidiary. "Watered Down" is the first single.

Ned Luberecki - Take Five (CLM)
Banjo ace Ned Luberecki presents fiddle and banjo tunes, instrumental and traditional bluegrass along with jazz, Buck Owens and the theme to "Star Truck" among the 14 songs. Luberecki is the banjo player for The Becky Buller Band and also tours with Stephen Mougin (of the Sam Bush Band) as Nedski & Mojo. He was formerly the banjoist for Chris Jones and the Night Drivers, The Rarely Herd, Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time and The Gary Ferguson Band.

Tim O'Brien - Where the River Meets the Road (Howdy Skies)
"Where The River Meets The Road " is the 15th solo release from Tim O'Brien. All 12 tracks connects to his home state of West Virginia. Two originals, "Guardian Angel" and the title track, tell personal stories of O'Brien's family - the death of his older sister when he was a toddler and the tale of his great grandfather moving to his hometown of Wheeling in the 1850s. The remaining 10 songs were collected and compiled after more than a decade collaborating with the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame.

March 24, 2017

Sera Cahoone - From Where I Started (Lady Muleskinner)
After three albums on Sub Pop, Sera Cahoone shows her Americana side. Cahoone produced the st with John Morgan Askew and wrote all of the songs.

Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice - The Mountains Are Calling Me Home (Mountain Fever)
Bluegrass veteran Junior Sisk & Rambler's Choice released their second album for the label. The new disc contains 11 songs and was produced by Aaron Ramsey, who plays guitar. Jason Davis is on banjo, Johnathan Dillion on mandolin, Jamie Harper on fiddle and Kameron Keller on bass.

Jessi Colter - The Psalm (Sony Legacy)
Jessi Colter gets religious on a disc recorded in 2007 and 2008 with guitarist/producer Lenny Kaye. Each of the dozen songs concerns a psalm with Colter putting her voice to the words.

RaeLynn - WildHorse (Warner Nashville)
RaeLynn finally makes her full-length review despite have some hits and a few EPs released. RaeLynn had a hit with "God Made Girls," but that did not lead to a release of an album. In fact, she is now on a new label. Produced by Jimmy Robbins and Nicolle Galyon, RaeLynn co-wrote 11 of the 12 tracks, including the first single, "Love Triangle," a divorce ballad told from the point of view of a little girl.

March 17, 2017

Greg Wickham - If I Left This World (Thirty Days)
Fifteen years after his last album, Hadacol founder Greg Wickham returns with this 13-song set. He produced the music with Kristie Stremel.

Conor Oberst - Salutations (Nonesuch)
Conor Obert's album is a companion piece to 2016's "Ruminations." When Oberst wrote and recorded the songs on "Ruminations" entirely solo with just voice, piano, guitar and harmonica, he intended to ultimately record them with a full band. In the midst of putting together that band - upstate New York's The Felice Brothers plus drummer Jim Keltner (Neil Young, Jackson Browne, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, John Lennon)-the responses Oberst was getting to those first solo recordings, from friends and colleagues, encouraged him to release the songs as-is, in their original sparse form, as his seventh solo album. "Ruminations" came out in October 2016. Oberst simultaneously moved ahead with his plans to record with the band, heading to the famed Shangri-la Studios in Malibu, Cal. to record Salutations-co-produced with Keltner. Guest contributions come courtesy of Jim James, Blake Mills, Maria Taylor, M Ward and Gillian Welch. "Salutations" includes full-band versions of the 10 songs from "Ruminations" plus 7 songs, some from an additional session at Five Star Studios in Echo Park in fall 2016.

Steve Moakler - Steeltown (Soundly)
Pittsburgh native Steve Moakler, who has songs covered by Dierks Bentley and Jake Owen, releases his fourth full-length disc.

Breaking Grass - Warning Signs (Mountain Fever)
Bluegrass band with an edge Breaking Grass is out with a dozen song release. The group consists of Cody Farrar on guitar, Tyler White on fiddle, Jody Elmore on banjo, Zach Wooten on mandolin and Britt Sheffield on bass.

March 10, 2017

Josh Turner - Deep South (MCA Nashville)
Josh Turner releases his sixth album after taking a break. The 11-song disc features the hit "Hometown Girl."

The Drugstore Gypsies - The Drugstore Gypsies (Edgewater Music Group)
The Drugstore Gypsies are comprised of former Berklee College of Music students. The band plays a combo of southern rock and country.

Sunny Sweeney - Trophy (Thirty Tigers)
Sunny Sweeney returns with a 10-song disc, the follow-up to her 2014 disc, "Provoked." After starting as a Texas indie country artist playing traditional music, Sweeney was with Big Machine and Republic Nashville.

Marty Stuart - Way Out West (Superlatone)
Marty Stuart releases his 18th studio disc a paean to the American West, specifically California. Backed his band The Superlatones, Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers fame, produced. , "Whole Lotta Highway (With A Million Miles To Go)" is the first single.

Garrett Newton Band - Young Heart Old Soul (Pinecastle)
Several years ago, North Carolina banjo player Garrett Newton, now 17, approached Lorraine Jordan at a performance and asked to play banjo for her. Jordan took him under her wing and began to feature him on Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road tour dates. Jordan also helped Newton to form his own touring outfit The Garrett Newton Band.

March 3, 2017

The Kernal - Light Country (Single Lock)
The Kernal is a Tennessee native, who has music in his blood. His father played the Opry for years with Del Reeves (that's his Dad's red suit that he's wearing on the album cover). The Kernal, who has been a sideman with folks like Andrew Combs and Jonny Fritz as well, plays country along with Southern sounds a la Spooner Oldham. The disc contains eight songs. The release features a snippet of the Kernal's long-passed relatives singing gospel. He found old reel-to-reel tapes of his family's gospel singing and was able to transfer the recordings.

Romantica - Shadowlands (Last Chance)
Romantica are an Americana band from the Minneapolis area formed in 2002 by Ben Kyle.

Danny Barnes - Stove Up (Wendell)
Danny Barnes has honed his skills with the likes of The Bad Livers. Here he showcases his 45 years of playing banjo. This is his first all acoustic bluegrass album.

Guy Clark - The King of the Texas Troubadours (Dualtone)
Texas singer/songwriter Guy Clark died on May 17, 2016, and this retrospective takes music from his last three studio albums, "Workbench Songs" (2006), "Somedays the Song Writes You" (2009) and "My Favorite Picture of You" (2013). Three previously unreleased songs - demo tracks - are included: "Just to Watch Maria Dance," "The Last Hobo," co-written with Hal Ketchum, and "Time," written with Marty Stuart. The collection also contains songs from 2011's live CD "Songs and Stories."

Noam Pikelny - Universal Favorite (Rounder)
Banjo man Noam Pikelny, who also plays with Punch Brothers, makes his label debut. And fellow Punch member Gabe Witcher produced the set, which features rare singing by Pikleny.

February 28, 2017

PawnShop kings - Give Love, Vol. 1 ( Self-released)
PawnShop Kings is the brother duo Joel and Scott Owens. They play country, gospel and folk music.