April 8, 2016
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 soin.
April 1, 2016
Elephant Revival -
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.
Robbie Fulks -
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 26, 2016
Margo Price -
Midwest Farmer's Daughter
Margo Price is the first country signing to Jack White's label. Price recorded at Sun Studios, and mixed at Ardent Studios in Memphis. Produced by Alex Munoz, the songs were cut live to analog tape, with Price and her band working the night shift at Sun (7 p.m.-2 a.m.), after the museum had closed. The 10 cuts were basesd on events in Price's life - from her upbringing on a family farm in Illinois, to the musical community she has built around her in East Nashville.
March 18, 2016
Various Artists -
(Low County Sounds/Elektra)
Producer Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson) put together a 10-song compilation based on the "White Mansions" album. Isbell, Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown and Brandy Clark are among the artists on the disc, which contains all new songs.
March 11, 2016
Randy Houser -
Randy Houser releases his fourth studio album, "Fired Up." The 17-song disc was once again produced by Derek George, who also produced his previous disc, "How Country Feels." The first single is "We Want." Houser had a hand in writing five of the songs.
February 26, 2016
The Waco Brothers -
Going Down in History
The Waco Brothers return with their first album in 10 years. The band's 10th disc contains 10 songs, including Jon Dee Graham's "Orphan Song."
Bob Woodruff -
The Year We Tried To Kill The Pain
Bob Woodruff was a critics' darling when he released "Dreams & Saturday Nights" in 1994. This disc, his fourth, was released in 2013 in Europe. The release, which was recorded in Sweden, contains two bonus tracks.
Chuck Wicks -
Chuck Wick, who had a hit eight years ago with "Stealing Cinderella," finally returns with his sophomore release. "She's Gone" was released as his fifth single from the release, which he produced with Andy Dodd, a Christian musician.
February 12, 2016
Vince Gill -
Down to My Last Bad Habit
Lorrie Morgan -
Lorrie Morgan returns with her first album in five years. She covers Dylan's "Lay Lady Lay," Larry Gatlin's "I've Done Enough Dying Today," Bobbie Gentry's "Ode to Billie Joe," Patsy Cline's "Strange" and Vern Gosdin's "Is It Raining at Your House."
Wynonna & the Big Noise -
Wynonna & the Big Noise
Wynonna releases her first disc with her new band. The album is Judd's first full-length studio album of original material since 2003's "What the World Needs Now Is Love." Judd's drummer and husband Cactus Moser produced the 12-song disc. Susan Tedeschi, her husband, Derek Trucks, and Jason Isbell help out. Wynonna had a hand in writing one of the songs.
February 5, 2016
Brother Nothing -
All in My Mind
Brother Nothing is an Austin-based quartet led by lead singer and guitarist Josh Field. Lead guitarist Daniel David produced the set. Bassist Doug Koeppe, and drummer Brandon Elizondo also are part of the group, which plays country, rock, soul and blues. Field was 38 when he quit teaching to pursue his musical dream.
Dori Freeman -
Dori Freeman releases her debut album, a 10-song disc produced by Teddy Thompson. Freeman veers between country and folk. Thompson discovered Freeman, who is from Galax, Va., on Facebook.
The O's -
The O's are a Texas based duo who used to be in Polyphonic Spree. On their fourth release, they rented two cabins behind the River Road Ice House in New Braunfels, Texas and set up a mobile rig to track with. The disc contains a dozen songs.
Johnny Cash -
Koncert v Praze (In Prague-Live)
"Koncert v Praze (In Prague-Live)" features Johnny Cash performing 11 songs from his catalog, including "Ring Of Fire," "Big River," "Hey Porter" and "City of New Orleans" -with backing from the Tennessee Three and vocals from the Carter Family. While in Prague, Cash played to more than 40,000 audience members over 4 shows (which sold out in 2 days). Cash was invited to perform by the Czechoslovakian government, which acted as agents, promoters and managers for the shows in Prague. Cash and his entourage of 19 secured work permits and set off from Berlin in a small "school bus," provided by the Czech government.
The Infamous Stringdusters -
Ladies and Gentlemen
Bluegrassy band The Infamous Stringdusters follow-up their recent covers EP with this 12-song collection. Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lee Ann Womack, Joan Osborne and joss Stone lend their voices to the project. A female singer helps out on each song.
Freakwater releases its first CD since "Thinking of You" in 20056. Catherine Irwin and Janet Bean remain the core of the sextet. The disc was recorded in Louisville, Ky.
Charles Kelley -
Charles Kelley takes a break from Lady Antebellum to release his first solo disc. The title track, which features Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay, was nominated for a Grammy. Kelley will put out nine songs, including Tom Petty's "Southern Accents," which features Stevie Nicks. Miranda Lambert helps out on Jedd Hughes' "I Wish You Were Here."
Lucinda Williams -
The Ghosts of Highway 20
Lucinda Williams stretches out on her latest with 14 songs clocking in at 86 minutes. Twelve of the 14 songs were inspired by various periods and experiences throughout Williams' life that all tie into Highway 20 (aka Interstate 20), which runs, in part, from Georgia to Texas. Williams has lived in some of the cities (Atlanta and Macon, Ga.), has family ties to (Shreveport and Monroe, La.) or previously written about (Jackson and Vicksburg, Miss.). Williams' personal experiences and connections to these areas inform the songs.
January 29, 2016
Buddy Miller -
Cayamo Sessions at Sea
Buddy Miller releases an album comprised of recordings done aboard the annual Cayamo cruise in the Caribbean. Songs include a cover of Buck Owens' "Love's Gonna Live Here" with Kacey Musgraves, Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn's "After the Fire Is Gone" with Lee Ann Womack, The Byrds' "Hickory Wind" with Lucinda Williams and Johnny Cash's "Sunday Morning Coming Down" with Kris Kristofferson
Aubrie Sellers -
New City Blues
Aubrie Sellers mixes country and other rootsy sounds on her debut. It's being referred to as garage country by some. Sellers recalls Lee Ann Womack vocally and with good reason. Womack is her mother. The disc, produced by Frank Lidell, contains 14 songs.
Sierra Hull -
Sierra Hull releases her first disc in five years of contemporary bluegrass. Bela Fleck produced the 12-song disc and also plays banjo. Abigail Washburn, Allison Krauss and Rhiannon Giddens guest on vocals.
January 22, 2016
Green River Ordinance -
Texas band Green River Ordinance goes for a mainstream sound on their fourth studio release.
Aoife O'Donovan -
In the Magic Hour
Aiofe O'Donovan releases her second solo disc after spending a chunk of her career with Crooked Still. A limited edition version of the CD contains six acoustic versions of songs,including one not on the regular disc.
Matt Flinner Trio -
Matt Flinner and his trio partners,Ross Martin (guitar) and Eric Thorin (bass), cover bluegrass, jazz, classical and American acoustic music on this 12-song release.
The Cactus Blossoms -
The Cactus Blossoms are Minneapolis-based brother duo Page Burkum and Jack Torrey. They rely on harmonies on the disc produced by JD McPherson. The duo have twice appeared on A Prairie Home Companion.
January 15, 2016
Hank Williams Jr. -
It's About Time
Hank Williams Jr. makes his debut for the Nash Icon label. The first single is "Are You Ready for the Country," the Neil Young song done with Eric Church.
Randy Rogers Band -
Nothing Shines Like Neon
(Tommy Jackson Records)
Randy Rogers Band returns after Rogers' disc with Wade Bowen. Buddy Cannon produced the album, which was recorded in Texas.
Brothers Osborne -
Brothers Osborne make their major label debut in a disc produced by Jay Joyce. TJ Osborne, who recalls Trace Adkins, has a deep, full-sounding voice, while John handles mandolin, guitar and a number of other instruments. The brothers have an Outlaw Country, swampy, Southern Rock sound.
January 8, 2016
The Grascals -
and then there's this...
Veteran bluegrass band The Grascals deliver a lively dozen-song set. The band consists of Terry Eldredge on guitar and vocals; Danny Roberts on mandolin; John Bryan on guitar and vocals; Terry Smith on acoustic bass and vocals; Kristen Scott Benson on banjo and guitar and Adam Haynes on fiddle. They recorded the disc, which they produced, in Adrden, N.C.
January 1, 2016
Lew Card -
Follow Me Down
(Monomer Recording Co.)
After playing mandolin in various Austin bands over the last decade, Lew Card, a Tennessee native, has gone out on his own. Produced by James Stevens, "Follow Me Down" Earle Poole Ball (The Byrds/Johnny Cash/Heybale), Doug Strahan (The Good Neighbors), and The Tijuana Trainwreck Horn Section (Uncle Lucius/Shinyribs) help out as well.
December 18, 2015
E.B. Anderson and the Resolutes -
E.B. Anderson and the Resolutes are a Nova Scotia, Canada-based band combining folk, blues, country and rockabilly. The disc was recorded "live off the floor" in Nova Scotia. The band consists of Anderson on vocals and guitars, Rob Anderson guitars, Derek Thomas on drums and percussion and Ross Billboard on keyboards.
December 17, 2015
Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass -
Danny Paisley and his backing band are back with this 13-song hard core bluegrass release. The title track was penned by Chris Stuart.
December 11, 2015
John Bowman -
John Bowman, fiddler with The Boxcars, steps out on his own with this dozen-song CD, his fourth solo release. Bowman also has played with Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Alison Krauss and Union Station and The Isaacs. Bowman produced the set, which was recorded in Glen Rock, Pa., with Troy Engle.
Various Artists -
Nashville: The Music of Nashville Original Soundtrack Season 4 Volume 1
The Nashville TV soundtrack releases continue with this 17-song set. Buddy Miler produced the disc, which also contains help from Steven Tyler on "Crazy" and Mark Collie on "Holding on to What I Can't Hold."
Chris Carmack -
Pieces of You
Chris Carmack, who plays Will Lexington on the "Nashville" TV show, releases his first solo disc, a five-song EP.
Cody Canada & Mike McClure -
Together Again for the First time
Cody Canada is a Texas artist, best known for being the lead singer from 1994-2010 of Cross Canadian Ragweed. McClure, once part of the band The Great Divide, is from across the border in Oklahoma and has been part of the Red Dirt scene. The result of their combined efforts is a 2-CD live set recorded at Third Coast Studios in Port Aransas, Texas July 24-25, 20015 and featuring songs they worked on or recorded together.
California singer Cam releases her debut disc. Earlier this year, she released an EP teaser. She has since scored with the hitmaker, "Burning House." Cam had a hand in writing all 11 songs, and she also was one of three producers along with Jeff Bhasker and Tyler Johnson.
December 4, 2015
Various Artists -
Bloodshot Six Pack to Go: Working Songs for the Drinking Class
To celebrate its 21st anniversary, Chicago's Bloodshot Records releases a six-pack (really seven discs) featuring two songs apiece from the likes of Dale Watson, Elizabeth Cook, Bobby Bare Jr., Robert Pollard and Joe Pug. Deer Tick covers The Pogues' "If I Should Fall From Grace With God."
Johnny Cash -
Man In Black: Live in Denmark 1971
Johnny Cash plays live in Denmark in 1971 along with wife June Carter Cash, Carl Perkins for a few songs on the disc, The Carter Family and The Statler Brothers. The disc contains 18 songs, including "A Boy Named Sue," "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down" and "I Walk the Line." The show was originally recorded for Danish television.
November 27, 2015
Rhiannon Giddens -
Rhiannon Giddens releases a five-song EP, a follow-up from this year's "Tomorrow Is My Turn." Giddens, of course, has gained acclaim as lead singer for Carolina Chocolate Drops. The EP consists of one original and four covers. T Bone Burentt produced the release.
November 20, 2015
Shovels and Rope -
Busted Jukebox Vol. 1
The husband-and-wife duo Shovels and Rope release a covers disc of 11 songs, ranging from Guns 'N Roses to Nick Lowe to Lou Reed to The Kinks. They also get help from such folks as The Milk Carton Kids, Lucius and Shakey Graves along the way.
Stephanie Urbina Jones -
Feliz Navidad Y'all
(Casa Del Rio)
Texas-based singer Stephanie Urbina Jones livens up the holiday songs ranging from the title track to "The Little Drummer Boy."
Punch Brothers -
The Wireless EP
The Punch Brothers release "The Wireless," a five-song EP. The songs were recorded during the T Bone Burnett-produced sessions for "The Phosphorescent Blues." The EP includes four originals, including a song with words by Gabriel Kahane, "Sleek White Baby," plus a cover of Elliott Smith's "Clementine." Four of the songs were on the vinyl edition of "The Phosphorescent Blues."
November 19, 2015
Kathy Kallick -
Kathy Kallick, who has won a Grammy and two IBMA awards, leads her bluegrass band through 14 songs on her 20th album. The band consists of Annie Staninec on fiddle, Tom Bekeny on mandolin, Greg Booth on Dobro/banjo an Cary Black on bass.
November 13, 2015
Sam Gleaves -
Ain't We Brothers
Sam Gleaves is a banjo player from Virginia, who wrote 11 of the 13 songs on this disc produced by Cathy Fink. Gleaves tackles gay themes in some of his music, something typically not part of bluegrass.Tim crouch, Janis Ian, Laurie Lewis, Tim O'Brien and Missy Raines all help out. Banjo man Sam Gleaves is out with a 13-song disc produced by Cathy Fink. He also gets help from Tim O'Brien, Laurie Lewis and Janis Ian. This is Gleaves' first disc of original songs. He previously released three albums.
Chris Isaak -
First Comes the NIght
Chris Isaak releases his first album of new material in six years. Isaak recorded the dozen songs in Nashville.
Chris Young -
I'm Comin' Over
The title track of Chris Young's CD is the first single. Young helped write 9 of the 11 songs. He co-produced the disc, his fifth, with Corey Crowder.