July 30, 2021
Son Volt –
(Transmit Sound/Thirty Tigers) – Son Volt releases its 10th album. The title, taken from the names of two vintage amplifiers from the late '40s and early '50s, describes the album's blend of folk, country, blues, soul and rock. In addition to band founder Jay Farrar, the disc features band members Mark Spencer (piano, organ, acoustic slide, lap steel, backing vocals) Andrew DuPlantis (bass, backing vocals), Chris Frame (guitar) and Mark Patterson (drums, percussion).
(Broken Bow) – Parmalee will release a 13-song album. The disc, produced by David Fanning, includes the collaboration with TrailerTrap creator, Blanco Brown, "Just the Way." The band is comprised of brothers Matt and Scott Thomas (lead vocals/guitar and drums, respectively), cousin Barry Knox (bass) and life-long friend Josh McSwai
Jim Lauderdale –
(Yep Roc) – Singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale remains prolific, releasing his 34th album. The disc contains "Memory," the last song he wrote with the late Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. "Hope" was co-produced by Lauderdale and his longtime collaborator Jay Weaver.
August 10, 2021
Mike and the Moonpies –
One to Grow On
(Self-released) – Mike and the Moonpies release their eighth studio album. Produced by Adam Odor and recorded at yellow DOG Studios in Wimberley, Texas, the nine-song collection was co-written by frontman Mike Harmeier and Odor and includes guest appearances from members of Quaker City Nighthawks, Shooter Jennings and Shiny Soul Sisters. This is the first time an album has been centered around a character to form a linear story. Sonically, the band experiments with rootsier tones, twin guitars and big acoustic rhythms. The group consists of Harmeier (vocals, guitar); Zachary Moulton (steel guitar); Omar Oyoque (bass); Kyle Ponder (drums) and Catlin Rutherford (guitar).
August 25, 2021
Alejandro Escovedo –
(Yep Roc) – Alejandro Escovedo originally released "La Cruzada" as a Record Store 2020 special release. Now, the Spanish language version of his well-received 2019 disc, "The Crossing," will be out. The disc contains 16 songs.
September 17, 2021
Scotty McCreery –
(Triple Tigers) – Scotty McCreery releases his fifth studio disc and his first since "Seasons Change." The 12-song release includes 10 co-written by McCreery, who first gained fame on "American Idol" a decade ago. The first single from the release is "You Time."
September 26, 2021
Mickey Guyton –
Remember Her Name
(Capitol Nashville) – Black country singer Mickey Guyton finally will release her full-length debut 10 years after being signed to the label. The Dallas native has released several EPs during her time on Capitol Nashville. Guyton helped write 15 of the 16 songs on the disc. "Black Like Me," which she released last year is on the release. Guyton has been particularly vocal about racism.
October 5, 2021
Toby Keith –
Peso In My Pocket
(Show Dog) – Toby Keith releases his first album of new material in five years. Kenny Greenberg co-produced the album with Keith. The first single is "Old School," written by Maren Morris, Ryan Hurd and Brett Tyler. Sammy Hagar co-wrote "Growing Up is a Bitch" with Keith.
Natalie Hemby –
Pins and Needles
(Fantasy) – Natalie Hemby, known for her songwriting for the likes of Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town as well as being a member of The Highwomen, releases her second album and first for Fantasy. Hemby's first disc was "Puxico" in 2017.
October 29, 2021
Hayes Carll –
You Get It All
(Self-released) – Hayes Carll releases his eighth studio disc. The humorous singer/songwriter co-wrote all 11 songs on the release. The CD was produced by Kenny Greenberg and Allison Moorer, who is also Carll's wife.
July 23, 2021
Drake Milligan –
(Broken Bow) – Newcomer Drake Milligan, a Texas native, releases a five-song EP. Milligan, 23, helped write every song. Terry McBride and Brett Beavers were among the songwriters.
Razor Blade Smile
(Self-released) – New York City-based artist Emily Duff releases a 10-song disc produced by Eric Ambel. Once upon a time, Duff was the lead singer for Gary Lucas' Gods & Monsters.
July 16, 2021
Charlie Daniels –
Charlie Daniels & Friends - Duets
(Blue Hat/BFD/Audium Nashville) – The late Charlie Daniels lives on through this 19-song duets album. Among those Daniels plays with are Dolly Parton, Brooks & Dunn, Darius Rucker, Travis Tritt, Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, Brenda Lee and Gretchen Wilson.
Georgia Webster –
(River House/Sony Music Nashville) – Georgia Webster, the pride of the small western Massachusetts town of Hampden, Mass., makes her debut with a five-song EP. Webster has a lot of pop influences in her songs. She wrote every song on the EP including "Tell Your Mom," which gained her a TikTok following.
The Secret Sisters
(New West Records) – The Secret Sisters are back with a brief four-song EP.
Charlie Worsham –
(Warner Nashville) – Charlie Worsham, who has had several releases, is out with an EP.
The Last Resort
(Big Machine) – Midland, the traditionally-based trio, releases a five-song EP. The lead track is "Sunrise Tells The Story." The band consists of Mark Wystrach, Cam Duddy and Jess Carson.
July 9, 2021
Tylor & The Train Robbers
(Self-released) – Tylor & The Train Robbers release their third disc, an 11-song effort. The band is comprised of Tylor Bushman (vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica), his brother Jason Bushman (bass), Johnny "Shoes" Pisano (lead guitar) and the newest member, brother drummer Tommy Bushman.
Hannah Dasher –
The Half Record
(Sony Nashville) – Hannah Desher, a Georgia native, makes her EP debut after already releasing several songs.
Treasure of Love
(Rack 'Em) – The Flatlanders - Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely and Butch Hancock - release their first studio album in 12 years.
July 2, 2021
Behind the Bar
(Big Machine) – Riley Green releases a seven-song EP, including "If It Wasn't for Trucks."
June 25, 2021
Jennifer Nettles –
Always Like New
(Concord) – Sugarland member Jennifer Nettles offers another solo album.
Jimmie Allen –
Bettie James Gold Edition
(Broken Bow) – Jimmie Allen releases a deluxe version of his "Bettie James" disc, which is named for his late grandmother and father.
Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones
Here to Tell the Tale
(Sower) – Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones are a Kingston, N.Y. based quartet playing rockabilly, country, swing and roots rock. They wrote and produced the entire 11 song release.
(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.
Chris Janson –
Stripped Down Acoustics
(Warner Nashville) – Chris Janson releases four songs recorded acoustic at the Acuff House in Nashville. The songs include "Beer Me," "Waitin' on 5," "Done" and "Hawaii on Me."
Brian Kelley –
Sunshine State Of Mind
(Warner Nashville/Nashville South) – Brian Kelley, one-half of Florida Georgia Line, releases an EP.
Robyn Ottolini –
The But I'm Not Always Sad Either EP
(Warner Nashville) – Canadian singer Robyn Ottolini serves up an EP.
June 4, 2021
Andrew Jannakos –
Gone Too Soon EP
(RCA Nashville) – Flowery Branch, Ga. native Andrew Jannakos releases a six-song EP. The title track earned him a chunk of airplay. Jannakos had a hand in writing every song.
Jump for Joy
(Sham/Thirty Tigers) – Gary Louris, lead singer of The Jayhawks, is out with a solo disc, which sounds far more often than not like his band. This is Louris' second album, a follow-up to 2008's "Vagabonds Along."
Songs of a Simple Life
(Pinecastle) – Pinecastle recording bluegrass group Merle Monroe is a band created by musicians Tim Raybon and Daniel Grindstaff. The group mixes bluegrass and country.
Weekends Look a Little Different These Days
(Big Machine) – Brett Young releases his third-full length major label disc. "Weekends..." follows "Ticket to L.A.," which came out in 2019. The new set contains eight songs, including "Lady."