May 14, 2021
Alan Jackson –
Where Have You Gone
(EMI Nashville) – Alan Jackson releases his first disc in six years.
May 21, 2021
Blake Shelton –
(Warner Nashville) –
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 28, 2021
The Infamous Stringdusters –
A Tribute to Bill Monroe
(Americana Vibes) – The Infamous Stringdusters pay tribute to guitar master Bill Monroe with this seven-song set. Songs include "My Sweet Blue Eyed Darling" and "Dark as the Night." The effort was a pandemic project by the quintet of Andy Falco [guitar], Chris Pandolfi [banjo], Andy Hall [Dobro], Jeremy Garrett [fiddle] and Travis Book [double bass].
(River House/Columbis) – Southerland, the duo of Matt Chase and Chris Rogers, release their debut EP. Chase and Rogers, who played the same bar and club circuit together for three years before joining forces in 2019, released the single "Thing Is" in September 2020.
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.
June 24, 2021
Gary Allan –
(EMI Nashville) – Gary Allan releases his first album since 2013. Allan's return is produced by Tony Brown and Mark Bright, who have long been associated with the Californian's career. The release contains 13 songs.
May 7, 2021
Kenny Chesney –
Here and Now deluxe
(Warner Nashville) – Kenny Chesney goes deluxe with "Here and Now." The dozen existing songs – including the number one title track, "Tip of My Tongue" and "Happy Does" – are being supplemented by four diverse tracks: "Wind On" from David Lee Murphy and Rodney Clawson, "Fields of Glory" from Josh Osborne, Ashley Gorley and Ross Copperman, "My Anthem" from Josh Osborne, Shane McAnally and Jason Gantt and "Streets," co-written with Tom Douglas.
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.
April 30, 2021
Ronnie Milsap –
A Better Word for Love
(Black River) – Country Music Hall of Fame legend Ronnie Milsap follows up his all-star "Duets" disc with a 10-song release. Teaming with longtime co-producer Rob Galbraith, the pair sought to celebrate the genre-blurring kind of country music with songs from the '70s through '90s. Guitarists Brent Mason, Steve Gibson, Mark Casstevens and Chris Leuzinger, bass player Michael Rhodes, drummer Lonnie Wilson, double steel players Mike Johnson and Paul Franklin, and Milsap's longtime musical director Jamie Brantley all play on the disc. The release starts with "Big Bertha," the last song Carl Perkins wrote. His wife sent it to Milsap to record. He enlisted Vince Gill for the fiddle-punctuated song.
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.
Jackson Dean –
(Big Machine Label Group) – Maryland artist Jackson Dean releases his major label debut, a five-song EP. Dean played some of the same clubs frequented by Brothers Osborne. Dean, who wrote two of the songs with Luke Dick, has a rock edge to his raw sound.
Ashley Monroe –
(Mountainrose Sparrow/Thirty Tigers) – Ashley Monroe releases her fifth album, although she went in a non-country direction.
April 23, 2021
Jameson Rodgers –
In It for the Money
(Columbia Nashville/River House) – Jameson Rodgers releases a seven-song EP, his first label release after two independent packages. He had a number one hit with "Some Girls," which is included here. The hit was the only song he did not help write for the EP.
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.
Tracy Lawrence –
Volume 1: Stairway to Heaven Highway to Hell
(Self-released) – Tracy Lawrence is releasing a special project, "Hindsight 2020," a three-volume album that will be released throughout the year, celebrating 30 songs for 30 years of the singer's career. "Volume 1: Stairway to Heaven Highway to Hell" is Lawrence's first release from "Hindsight 2020." This 10-song collection features all new material from Lawrence, who penned 9 of the 10 tracks.
April 22, 2021
Elvie Shane –
(Broken Bow) – Kentucky native Elvie Shane makes his debut with a six-song EP. Oscar Charles produced the set, which includes "My Boy," about his stepson.
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 16, 2021
Eric Church –
(EMI Nashville) – Eric Church is releasing three albums within one week. This is the first, a nine-song collection recorded in North Carolina during the pandemic.
April 9, 2021
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.
Tim Montana –
(Music Knox Records/BBR Music Group) – After releasing an EP last fall, Montana resident Tim Montana releases a full-length disc.
April 2, 2021
Canaan Smith –
High Country Sound
(Round Here) – Canaan Smith returns with his first release since 23015's "Bronco." Smith is releasing the dozen-song release on Florida Georgia Line's Round Here Records.
March 26, 2021
(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) – Amanda Cook, a native of Jay, Fla., now living in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, is out with her third full-length release for the label.
Wild & Blue
(New Favorite) – Wild & Blue is the husband/daughter duo of Steve and April Bennett of Santa Cruz, Cal. They take a more traditional country approach with a bit of a soulful sound on the nine songs. April takes most of the lead vocals. Steve wrote wrote seven of the songs with covers of Kris Kristofferson's "Please Don't TelL Me How the Story Ends" and John Fogerty's "Long as I Can See the Light."
Under the Pepper Tree
(New West) – Sara Watkins releases another solo album with Nickel Creek still on hiatus.But this one is different - it's intended for families. Watkins based the disc on songs she grew up listening to as a child. That would include "Edelweiss" from "The Sound of Music." On this version, Watkins' three year old daughter sings along, and the closing rendition of The Beatles' "Good Night."
March 19, 2021
Daddy's Country Gold
(Self-released) – Nebraska native Melissa Carpter moved to Nashville in 2018 after spending time in Austin's Carper Family and Arkansas' Sad Daddy and Buffalo Gals Band. The new disc features 12 originals and a range of big time session players including bassist and producer Dennis Crouch (The Time Jumpers) Chris Scruggs (guitar, steel guitar) and pedal steel master Lloyd Green.
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 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.