March 16, 2021
Gabby Barrett –
Live From the Goldmine
(Warner Nashville) – Gabby Barrett, the big-voiced singer behind "I Hope," performed a concert outside of Nashville in June 2020 to celebrate the release of her debut, "Goldmine." This EP takes some of the songs Barrett performed.
March 19, 2021
Loretta Lynn –
Still Woman Enough
(Sony Legacy) – Loretta Lynn releases an album containing new material and new recordings of some of her previous material. Produced by her daughter, Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash, the 13 songs include contributions from Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, Margo Price and Tanya Tucker.
David Olney and Anana Kaye –
Whispers and Sighs
(Schookids) – The late David Olney, who recorded more than 20 albums, collaborated with Anana Kaye, an Americana artist from the Republic of Georgia, who lives in Nashville. Brett Ryan Stewart (Wirebird Productions) produced and mixed the 13songs at his studio in Nashville.
March 26, 2021
Carrie Underwood –
(Capitol Nashville) – Carrie Underwood releases an album of gospel music, which she co-produced along with David Garcia. The release consists of covers of traditional gospel hymns Underwood grew up singing, is a spiritual companion to Underwood's first-ever Christmas album, "My Gift," which came out in September 2020.
Amanda Cook –
Narrowing the Gap
(Mountain Fever) –
Jason Ringenberg –
(Courageous Chicken) – Jason Ringenberg of Jason & The Scorchers fame releases his sixth solo disc. George Bradfute helmed the new collection.
Sara Watkins –
Under the Pepper Tree
(New West) – Sara Watkins releases another solo album with Nickel Creek still on hiatus.
April 9, 2021
Luke Bryan –
Born Here, Live Here, Die Here deluxe
(Capitol Nashville) – Luke Bryan is out with a deluxe version of "Born Here, Live Here, Die Here." Due to the pandemic, he recorded new songs, which he wanted to release.
April 15, 2021
Eric Church –
(EMI Nashville) – Eric Church is releasing three albums within one week. This is the first.
April 20, 2021
Eric Church –
(EMI Nashville) – Eric Church is releasing three albums within one week. This is the second and is only being released to the Church Choir, his fan club.
April 23, 2021
Eric Church –
(EMI Nashville) – Eric Church is releasing three albums within one week. This is the third release in the set, which was recorded in North Carolina during Covid.
April 30, 2021
Thomas Rhett –
Country Again, Side A
(Valory Music) – Thomas Rhett releases the first of two projects this year. It is said to be a trip back to his musical roots.
Ashley Monroe –
(Mountainrose Sparrow/Thirty Tigers) – Ashley Monroe releases her fifth album.
May 7, 2021
Travis Tritt –
Set in Stone
(Big Noise) – Travis Tritt is back with his first album in 13 years. Produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, The Highwomen, Sturgill Simson), the disc features 11 new songs, 8 of which were co-written by Tritt.
Miranda Lambert Jack Ingram Jon Randall –
The Marfa Tapes
(Vanner/RCA Records Nashville) – Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram and Jon Randall went to Marfa, Texas last November and ended up with a 15-song record. Randall wrote "Tin Man" for Lambert, and that song appears here as well. Randall also produced Ingram's last two albums.
May 21, 2021
John Hiatt with the Jerry Douglas Band –
(New West) – Ace singer/songwriter John Hiatt combines with the Jerry Douglas Band, led by one of the best Dobro players in the world.
May 29, 2021
Ashley McBryde –
EP Never Will: Live From A Distance
(Warner Nashville) – Ashley McBryde will release a six-song EP based on her 2020 disc "Never Will." The EP includes six of the songs from "Never Will," including the current single "Martha Divine." McBryde helped write five of the six songs.
March 6, 2021
Brandy Clark –
Your Life is a Record (Deluxe)
(Warner Nashville) – One year after Brandy Clark released "Your Life is a Record," she's out with the deluxe version. The new disc features six additional songs including a new version of "Remember Me Beautiful," which Clark wrote late last year with Lori McKenna, Liz Rose and Hillary Lindsay for NPR's Morning Edition Song Project. Other songs are collaborations with Lindsey Buckingham ("The Past is the Past") and Brandi Carlile ("Like Mine" and "Same Devil") and live takes of two album tracks: "Pawn Shop" and "Who You Thought I Was."
February 26, 2021
All My Shame
(Carnival) – The collaboration between Mando Saenz and producer (former Wilco drummer / co-founder) Ken Coomer finds Saenz expanding his sound into a new sonic direction with rock, pop, folk and psychedelic influences. Saenz has penned songs for Lee Ann Womack, Miranda Lambert, Aubrie Sellers and Jim Lauderdale. Saenz also released three folk/country-rock leaning solo albums (2005's "Watertown," 2008's "Bucket" and 2013's "Studebaker."
Big Dreams EP
(Broken Bow) – Track45, a sibling trio from Meridien, Miss., is out with its second EP since last year. "Big Dreams" includes five songs, four written by Jenna, Ben and KK Johnson. They also cover Dolly Parton's "Light of a Clear Blue Morning."
Living the Dream
(Songs & Daughters/Big Loud) – Hailey Whitters is releasing a deluxe version of 2020's well-received "The Dream." The enhanced disc contains five extra songs including collaborations with Jordan Davis, Lori McKenna, Little Big Town, Brent Cobb and Trisha Yearwood.
(JTM) – Sara Petite releases her sixth solo disc. The San Diego resident cites Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton, June Carter, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp as influences. She won San Diego's Best Country/Americana Band four times, was Grand Prize winner of Portland, Ore.'s Songwriting Contest and placed second in the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest.
Willie Nelson –
(Sony Legacy) – Willie Nelson pays tribute to Frank Sinatra on his latest disc produced once again by Buddy Cannon.
Dale Watson –
(BFD/Audium) – Texas honky tonker Dale Watson releases his first instrumental album. After spending most of his life as a resident of Austin, in 2017, Watson decided to relocate to Memphis. Watson's new project features every genre Memphis is famous for. With tracks like "Agent Elvis," "Deep Eddy," and "Hernando's Swang," the record honors Elvis Presley, guitarist Duane Eddy, and Hernando's Hideaway, a live music venue near Beale Street where Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis both performed and Watson now owns. All tracks were self-written by Watson, except four that he co-wrote with Mario Monterosso. Alongside Memphis-based musicians Danny Banks (drums), T. Jarrod Bonta (piano), Carl Caspersen (upright bass), Jim Spake (saxophone) and Monterosso (electric guitar), Watson recorded the project at his Memphis studio, Wat-Sun Studios, in two days.
February 19, 2021
Carly Pearce –
(Big Machine) – Carly Pearce releases a seven-song EP. The collection resulted after the death of her producer and champion busbee and then finding a creative team with producers Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne. Pearce had a hand in writing every song, including the title track, "Next Girl" and "Liability" with Osborne and McAnally.
Lainey Wilson –
Sayin' What I'm Thinkin
(Broken Bow) – Lainey Wilson makes her studio debut for Broken Bow. Wilson co-wrote all 12 songs, which were produced by Jay Joyce. The current single is "Things a Man Oughta Know." This is the Louisiana native's fourth release overall. She put out an EP, "Redneck Hollywood," in 2019 on Broken Bow.
February 12, 2021
Florida Georgia Line –
Life Rolls On
(Big Machine) –
Music City Joke
(Self-released) – Mac Leaphart, a South Carolina native living in Nashville, releases a 10-song disc of country and singer/songwriter material. Produced by Brad Jones (Hayes Carll), Fats Kaplin, Will Kimbrough and Matt Menefee help out. Leaphart's first album, "Line, Rope, Etc.," was released in 2009, and three years later, he headed to Music City. He launched a recurring songwriter's night called Southpaw Social Club. He put out "Low in the Saddle, Long in the Tooth"in 2015, followed by "Lightning Bob" in 2018.
February 5, 2021
Shovels & Rope –
Busted Jukebox, Volume 3
(Dualtone) – The folk/roots duo Shovels & Rope are back with the third installment of covers. This time, they utilize musicians who also are parents to give a different spin on the material, which includes "Tomorrow" from "Annie," featuring The War and Treaty, "You Are My Sunshine" featuring Ian and James Felice of The Felice Brothers and "In My Room" with Sharon Van Etten.
Normal Isn't Normal Anymore
(Songs From Downstairs Records) – Singer/songwriter Rod Abernethy is out with a dozen-song set produced by Neilson Hubbard. Abernethy has a bit of an Avett Brothers vibe vocally. Once upon a time, he was in the North Carolina band Arrogance with Don Dixon.
Uncle Walt's Band
Recorded Live at Waterloo Ice House
(Omnivore) – Uncle Walt's Band, which consisted of Walter Hyatt, Champ Hood and David Ball, originally put out 14 songs in a private pressing of a live disc recorded in Austin four decades ago. Now, the disc is being release with 21 songs.
January 28, 2021
(Self-released) – Pony Bradshaw, a folkie/Americana singer, is out with his second release after debuting with Rounder on "Sudden Opera" in 2019. Bradshaw and his friends — Cody Ray on guitars and lap steel, Aaron Boehler on bass, Paddy Ryan on drums and percussion, Philippe Bronchtein on pedal steel and Hammond organ, Casey Collis on fiddle and banjo, and Jason Weinheimer and Zachariah Reeves at the mixing board helm — met up at Fellowship Hall Sound recording studio in Little Rock, Ark.
January 22, 2021
Fall Like Rain
(Mountain Fever) – Beginning his musical journey at six, Justin Moses has toured with bands such as Blue Moon Rising, NewFound Road, Band of Ruhks, The Dan Tyminski Band and Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder. The third single from his new album is "Taxland" featuring Sierra Hull, who also happens to be his wife. The first was "Fall Like Rain.' The second was "Between The Lightening and The Thunder" featuring Dan Tyminski.
(The Penthouse/EMPIRE) – Willie Jones, a rising Black singer, combines country and hip hop sounds. Jones, a Shreveport, La. native, was a contestant on The X Factor in 2012 at the age of 17.
January 21, 2021
The Burnt Pines
The Burnt Pines
(Adraela Records) – Boston-based band The Burnt Pines releases its debut. The folksy/rock group includes members both from the Boston area and Portugal. The disc was recorded in both the U.S. and Lisbon, Portugal.
January 15, 2021
The Pink Slip EP
(Atlantic) – Devin Dawson is out with a six-song EP, the follow-up to his 2018 full-length release, "Dark Horse." Dawson had a hand in writing every song on the release produced by Jay Joyce.
January 8, 2021
(Big Label) – Aaron Watson is out with his 13th studio album and 17th album overall, since his debut in 2000. His last 4 studio albums have debuted Top 10 on the Billboard country album chart.
Dangerous: The Double Album
(Big Loud/Republic) – The 30-track project is the sophomore effort of Morgan Wallen. He wrote most of it over the last two-plus years, almost all with others. The release features "More Than My Hometown" and a countrified version of 3X Platinum Diplo collaboration, "Heartless." Chris Stapleton helps out on "Only Thing That's Gone."
Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers Songbook, Vol. 1
(Capitol) – Barry Gibb, the last surviving member of the Bee Gees offers a country album reprising hits of the band. He gets help from folks like Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Alison Krauss and Brandi Carlile.