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Upcoming and Recent CD Releases


November 10, 2018

Brother Roy - Last Man Standing ( Self-released)
New York City roots musician Brother Roy releases an 11-song disc.

September 7, 2018

The Stray Birds - Let It Pass (Yep Roc)
The Stray Birds, a trio from Lancaster, Pa., releases its fourth album. The disc comes on the heels of the romantic break-up of fiddler/guitarist/banjoist/vocalist Maya de Vitry and fiddler/guitarist/mandolinist/vocalist Oliver Craven.

August 17, 2018

Buck Owens - Country Singer's Prayer (Omnivore)
Buck Owens' final and unreleased album for Capitol finally sees the light of day, 43 years after it was recorded. With Owen's Capitol career winding down, the label decided to shelve the recording. Owens' estate was involved in getting the album released.

August 15, 2018

Cole Swindell - All of It (Warner Nashville)
Cole Swindell releases his third disc. His ninth career single "Break Up In The End" is the lead single on the CD. Other songs are "Somebody's Been Drinkin'," "The Ones Who Got Me Here." and "Reason To Drink."

August 10, 2018

Mountain Heart - Soul Searching (Compass)
Bluegrass quartet Mountain Heart releases an 11-song disc. The band is comprised of Josh Shilling (piano, guitar), Seth Taylor (guitar), Aaron Ramsey (mandolin, bass) and Jeff Partin (Dobro, bass). Special guests on the album include Ronnie Bowman, Kenny Malone, Stuart Duncan and Scott Vestal.

Robbie Fulks and Linda Gail Lewis - Wild! Wild! Wild! (Bloodshot)
Robbie Fulks and Linda Gail Lewis release their first album together with Fulks producing. Fulks has enjoyed his own solo career for years, while Lewis has released some albums on her own and is perhaps best known for a disc she recorded with Van Morrison.

August 3, 2018

Amanda Shires - To the Sunset (Silver Knife/Thirty Tigers)
Amanda Shires, who also plays fiddle in husband Jason Isbell's band, is back with her fifth solo release. Isbell plays on the album produced by Dave Cobb.

July 28, 2018

Cody Jinks - Lifers (Rounder)
Cody Jinks, whose career surged with his last release, "I'm Not the Devil," makes his label debut with this 11-song set. Jinks has eight previous self-releases.

Kenny Chesney - Songs for the Saints (Blue Chair)
Kenny Chesney's album was written and recorded in response to Hurricane Irma that did much damage in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where Chesney owns a home.

July 21, 2018

Lori McKenna - The Tree (CN/Thirty Tigers)
Lori McKenna releases her 11th disc and second produced by Dave Cobb.

July 13, 2018

Rodney Crowell - Acoustic Classics (RC1)
Rodney Crowell revisits a number of his hits on this 12-song collection done acoustic style. Crowell gives a different take on the songs. "Making Memories of Us," "Shame on the Moon Redux" and "Please Remember Me," a hit for Tim McGraw, are included.

July 6, 2018

Kinky Friedman - Circus of Life (Echo Hill)

June 29, 2018

I See Hawks in L.A. - Live and Never Learn ( Self-released)
I See Hawks in L.A. releases its first disc in about five years. The band continues mining a laid back hippy vibe.

June 22, 2018

Dan + Shay - Dan + Shay (Warner Nashville)
The duo Dan + Shay release their disc. "Tequila" is the lead single from the 11-song release.

Various Artists - Epilogue: A Tribute to John Duffey (Smithsonian Folkways)
The late modern bluegrass mainstay John Duffey, leader of two prominent groups, The Country Gentlemen and The Seldom Scene, receives the tribute treatment. David Grisman, Nils Lofgren, Bela Fleck, and Amanda and Kenny Smith are among the musicians playing on this 17-song set.

June 15, 2018

Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches - Get Us Out of Fearland ( Self-released)
The trio plays a combo of country, bluegrass, western swing, rockabilly, blues, traditional jazz, dixieland, old-time music, folk, roots music & Americana.

June 8, 2018

Sugarland - Bigger (Big Machine Records and UMG Nashville)
Sugarland return with the duo's first album in seven years. Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush had a hand in writing 10 of the 11 songs. Taylor Swift and Pat Monahan of Train wrote the other song, "Babe," with Swift the featured singer.

Craig Campbell - See You Try (Red Bow)
Craig Campbell returns with an EP, his first release in five years.

Dierks Bentley - The Mountain (Capitol)

June 2, 2018

Thompson Square - Masterpiece (T2)
Thompson Square, the husband-and-wife duo of Keifer and Shawn Thompson, are out with their first full length in five years. Nathan Chapman, Dann Huff and Ilya Toshinsky produced the 11-song set.

June 1, 2018

Michael Ray - Amos (Warner Nashville)
Michael Ray releases his sophomore album, an 11-song set. Ray had success with his debut disc. "Get to You" was the lead single.

David Davis and the Warrior River Boys - Didn't He Ramble: Songs of Charlie Poole (Rounder)
Bluegrass band David Davis and the Warrior River Boys pay tribute to Charlie Poole. The songs were originally recorded in the 1920s by Charlie Poole and his North Carolina Ramblers. Davis and band took Poole's songs and re-imagined them for modern times. Songs include "He Rambled," "If The River Was Whiskey," "May I Sleep In Your Barn Tonight, Mister?," "Milwaukee Blues" and "White House Blues."

Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Dave Alvin - Downey to Lubbock (Yep Roc)
Jimmie Dale GIlmore and Dave Alvin toured together in 2017, which led to this dozen song album. The release consists of 10 originals and 2 covers. The title reflects the home towns of both artists - Downey, Cal. for Alvin and Lubbock, Texas for Gilmore.

American Aquarium - Things Change (New West)
American Aquarium, led by lead singer BJ Barham, maks its label debut with a 10-song disc. Barham is the only remaining member from the last release in 2015.

Luke Combs - This One's For You Too (Sony Nashville)
Luke Combs releases a deluxe version of his debut with five new songs co-penned by Combs including "Must've Never Met You" and "Houston, We Got a Problem."

May 25, 2018

Del McCoury Band - Del McCoury Still Sings Bluegrass ( Self-released)
Del McCoury is still going strong as he nears 80 with this 14-song release. The title is a reference to his 1968 disc, "Del McCoury Sings Bluegrass." His band consisting of Ronnie McCoury on mandolin, Rob McCoury on Banjo, Jason Carter on fiddle and Alan Bartran on bass play behind him.

Lindsay Ell - The Continuum Project (Broken Bow)
Lindsay Ell releases her second disc within a year. But "The Continuum Project" is different. It's a tribute to John Mayer's album, which is her favorite desert island disc. In preparation for her debut, "The Project," producer Kristian Bush told her to take two weeks and re-record the Mayer album.

May 18, 2018

Kelly Willis - Back Being Blue ( Self-released)
Kelly Willis releases her first album since 2002's "Easy." Since then, Willis has released three albums with her husband, Bruce Robison, and raised four children.

Gretchen Peters - Dancing With The Beast ( Self-released)
Gretchen Peters, who has forged a career as a songwriter as well, is out with her first disc in three years. Martina McBride, Etta James, Trisha Yearwood, Patty Loveless, George Strait, Anne Murray, Shania Twain and Neil Diamond have covered her songs. She also collaborated with Bryan Adams on the soundtrack of Dreamworks' animated movie, "Spirit, Stallion of the Cimarron."

Jason Boland & The Stragglers - Hard Times Are Relative (Proud Souls / Thirty Tigers)
Jason Boland and the Stragglers release their ninth album over a two=decade career. The band includes Grant Tracy (bass), Brad Rice (drums and background vocals) and Nick Worley (fiddle, mandolin, and harmonies).

May 11, 2018

Highland Travelers - Highland Travelers (Mountain Fever)
Highland Travelers make their bluegrass debut. Highland Travelers / Mountain Fever Records Adam Steffey has joined together with Keith Garrett and Gary Hultman, fellow former Boxcars, and Jason Davis and Kameron Keller from Ramblers Choice to create Highland Travelers.

Brent Cobb - Providence Canyon (New Elektra)
Georgia-based country and roots singer Brent Cobb is out with his second album.

May 4, 2018

Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs - Clippety Clop (Transdreamer)
Horses is the theme of the latest album from British ex-pat Holly Golightly and her backing band.

Flashback - Denver Snow (Pinecastle)
Flashback features former members of J.D. Crowe And The Newsouth. Flashback was named after the 1994 J.D. Crowe album "Flashback" on which members of the band recorded while touring with Crowe. Flashback features Don Rigsby (mandolin and vocals), Richard Bennett (guitar and vocals) and Curt Chapman (bass) from the original Flashback band. The group's current lineup also includes Stuart Wyrick on banjo and vocals. The Flashback band was formed as a reunion band, which brought all original members back together for a 2015 tour.

Trampled by Turtles - Life is Good on the Open Road (Banjodad)
Duluth, Minn.'s finest, Trampled by Turtles, releases its first album in four years. During that time, lead singer Dave Simonett released his own album. "Kelly's Bar" is the first song released from the disc.

Jeff Plankenhorn - Sleeping Dogs (Spike Steel)
Jeff Plankenhorn has had a lengthy career as a sideman and also puts out his own material. Patty Griffin is among the friends helping out.

Leftover Salmon - Something Higher (LoS Records)

April 28, 2018

Cicada Rhythm - Everywhere I Go (New West)
Duo Andrea DeMarcus and Dave Kirslis explore Americana sounds on their label debut. DeMarcus is a Julliard-trained stand-up bassist.

April 27, 2018

Sideline - Front And Center (Mountain Home)
What started off as a - well - sideline turned into a full-time gig for the members of the bluegrass band. Steve Dilling (banjo), Skip Cherryholmes (lead guitar) and Jason Moore (bass) were founding members. Nathan Aldridge (fiddle), Troy Boone (mandolin) and Bailey Coe (guitar) also are in the band for its fourth album.

Keith Urban - Graffiti U (Capitol Nashville)
Keith Urban releases his ninth album, which veers far from country. The disc contains 15 cuts, although one comes in at 28 seconds.

John Paul Keith - Heart Shaped Shadow (Last Chance)
Memphis-based singer John Paul Keith releases his fourth solo album. He is also a member of Motel Mirrors.

Morgan Wallen - If You Know Me (Big Loud)
Tennessee native Morgan Wallen, who went to the same high school as Kenny Chesney, makes his debut. He has enjoyed success as a songwriter for Dustin Lynch, Kane Brown and Jason Aldean. Wallen also has a song charting, "Up Down," which features Florida Georgia Line.

Willie Nelson - Last Man Standing (Sony Legacy)
Willie Nelson has added 11 new songs to his catalog. The release is comprised entirely of songs newly-penned by Nelson along with longtime collaborator and producer Buddy Cannon. Nelson looks at aging in many of the songs.

Balsam Range - Mountain Overture (Mountain Home)
For bluegrass band Balsam Range's latest project, they enlisted the Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble to help flesh out the songs. The disc is a re-recording of their songs.

ClayBank - No Escape (Mountain Fever)
Bluegrass band ClayBank may be comprised of a few members not even 20, their sound hearkens back to the 1970s and '80s and J.D. Crowe and the New South and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. The North Carolina-based-band released the single "Queen of Carolina."

Tom Rush - Voices (Appleseed)
Folk veteran Tom Rush veers towards an Americana sound on a CD produced by Jim Rooney. This is the first album of his 55-year-plus career consisting of all Rush-written songs, although 2 of the 12 were traditional songs with arrangements by Rush. Sidemen include Dobro/pedal steel man Al Perkins (ex-Flying Burrito Brothers, Stephen Stills' Manassas, Emmylou Harris), bluegrass ace Sam Bush (New Grass Revival, Bela Fleck's Flecktones) on mandolin, fiddle and singers Kathy Mattea and Suzi Ragsdale (backing vocals).

April 20, 2018

Peter Rowan - Carter Stanley's Eyes (Rebel)
Former Blue Grass Boy Peter Rowan was introduced to Carter Stanley of The Stanley Brothers by Bill Monroe. The disc contains three Rowan originals along with four Stanley songs.

Joshua Hedley - Mr. Jukebox (Third Man)
Traditional country singer Joshua Hedley is releasing his debut on Jack White's label. He's from Texas, although he sounds like he grew up in Texas honky tonks. The title track is the first single from the Skylar Wilson and Jordan Lehning-produced disc of 10 songs.

Brothers Osborne - Port Saint Joe (EMI Nashville)
Brothers Osborne, the Maryland duo of TJ and John Osborne, will release their sophomore full-length disc. The release comes almost 2 1/2 years after their debut, which yielded a few hits ("It Ain't My Fault," "21 Summer" and "Stay a Little Longer") and awards. Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Little Big Town) produced the set. "Shoot Me Straight" is the first single from the disc.

Bob Rea - Southbound (Shiny Dime)
Bob Read is a veteran musician in the singer/songwriter school of Bob Dylan, Steve Earle and Guy Clark. Born in southwest Colorado, Rea began writing songs as a teenager, while also working on the family's farm. Rea and Steve Daly, who was in the Dirt Drifters, recorded the first five tracks in a two-day session at Nashville's Club Roar studios. Another five were recorded months later, then one more tracking session followed a few months after that.

Ashley Monroe - Sparrow (Warner)
Ashley Monroe, who has gained some acclaim as a solo artist and a member of Pistol Annies, is out with new music, which she has indicated is across the musical board.

Old Crow Medicine Show - Volunteer (Columbia Nashville)
Old Crow Medicine Show recorded its latest at the RCA Studio A in Nashville with producer extraordinaire Dave Cobb producing. The band utilizes an electric guitar for the first time since 2004, but the sound isn't all that different from previous OCMS efforts.

April 13, 2018

Tim Easton - Paco and Melodic Polaroids (Campfire Propaganda)
Tim Easton releases an album that recognizes his 30 years in the music biz. In fact, he recorded the album as a dedication to Paco, his black Gibson J-45 acoustic guitar. Easton, an Akron, Ohio native, who lives in Nashville, also did something different - he recorded in mono. He also recorded in a way that prevented overdubbing.

Jason Aldean - Rearview Town (Broken Bow)

John Prine - The Tree of Forgiveness (Oh Boy)
This is John Prine's first collection of new material since 2005's Grammy-winning "Fair and Square." Prine teamed with Grammy-winning producer Dave Cobb to record in Nashville's Studio A with vocal help from Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, and Amanda Shires.

April 6, 2018

Blackberry Smoke - Find a Light (Thirty Tigers)
Blackberry Smoke mixes it up musically from southern rock to jams to softer tones.

Sarah Shook & the Disarmers - Years (Bloodshot)
Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, a band from North Carolina, release its second disc. This is the follow up to last year's "Sidelong."

March 30, 2018

Kim Richey - Edgeland (Yep Roc)
Kim Richey releases her first album in five years, a dozen-song effort. Richey employs a number of friends to help out on the Brad Jones-produced effort.

Ashley McBryde - Girl Going Nowhere (Atlantic)
Arkansas native Ashley McBryde is a combo of country, folk, and rock with nods to Bonnie Raitt and Loretta Lynn. She had a hand in writing all 11 songs on the Jay Joyce-produced debut. The first single was "A Little Dive Bar In Dahlonega."

Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour (Universal Nashville)

Motel Mirrors - In the Meantime (Last Chance Records)

Shotgun Rider - Palo Duro (Torrez Music Group)
Shotgun Rider is the duo of Logan Samford and Anthony Enriquez. Samford bears a very strong musical resemblance to Gary Allan. The sounds is a combo of country twang and rock.

Mary Chapin Carpenter - Sometimes Just The Sky (Lambent Light/Thirty Tiger)
Mary Chapin Carpenter returns with a disc including one song reworked from each of her CDs plus a new song, the title track. Ethan Johns produced the set, which tackles deep cuts. No hits.

March 23, 2018

The Price Sisters - A Heart Never Knows (Rebel)
The Price Sisters are out with their debut full-length following a 2016 self-titled EP. Lauren and Leanna Price are twin sisters. They recorded last summer in Nashville with producer Bil VornDick and musicians including Bryan Sutton, Charlie Cushman, Mike Bub, Dennis Crouch, Alan Bartram, Ruth McLain and Justin Moses.

Dom Flemons - Black Cowboys (Smithsonian Folkways)
Dom Flemons, best known for being part of Carolina Chocolate Drops, explores the black cowboys theme on his latest release. He does through song and word, relating the black experience.

Paul Thorn - Don't Let the Devil Ride (Perpetual Obscurity)
Paul Thorn takes a gospel route on his latest, which also has a decided blues bent to the music. The release features contributions from the Blind Boys of Alabama, The McCrary Sisters, the Preservation Hall Jazz Horns and Bonnie Bishop. Thorn recorded in three locations: Sam Phillips Recording in Memphis, FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala. and Preservation Hall in New Orleans.

Jordan Davis - Home State (MCA Nashville)
Jordan Davis offers his major label debut. The Shreveport, La. native has a hit with "Singles You Off." His brother, Jacob, also is a country music singer.

Andrew Sheppard - Steady Your Aim ( Self-released)
Andrew Sheppard mixes soulful rock and country with an outlaw edge on these 10 songs. Sheppard grew up in Hailey, Idaho and is now settled in Boise. Over the last few years, he has gone from LA to Nashville through the heartland of America and back to his roots.