June 10, 2016
Brandy Clark -
Big Day in a Small Town
Brandy Clark releases the follow-up to her very well received "12 Stories." Jay Joyce produced the 11 songs, which focus on people in her hometown of Morton, Wash. Clark has gained acclaim as a songwriter as well, having penned "Mama's Broken Heart" (Miranda Lambert), "Bigger Dig Two" (The Band Perry) and "Biscuits" (Kacey Musgraves).
Frankie Ballard -
Frankie Ballard releases his third album. The first single is "It All Started With a Beer.
June 3, 2016
The Lonely Heartstring Band -
Boston-based bluegrass band The Lonely Heartstring Band makes its debut. Four of the five band members of The Lonely Heartstring Band met while students at Bostons Berklee College of Music. They are the winners of the 2015 International Bluegrass Music Association's Momentum Award, and feature Charles Clements (bass & vocals), George Clements (guitar & lead vocals), Gabe Hirshfeld (banjo), Patrick M'Gonigle (fiddle, vocals), and Matt Witler (mandolin).
Maren Morris -
Texas artist Maren Morris makes her full-length debut. Morris, who has a hit single with "My Church," released an EP last year.
May 27, 2016
Dierks Bentley -
Dierks Bentley releases his eighth studio album. "Somewhere on a Beach" is the first single from the disc and went to number one.
May 20, 2016
Blake Shelton -
If I'm Honest
May 13, 2016
Darrell Scott -
Singer/songwriter Darrell Scott is out with his first CD since 2012's "Long Ride Home." Scott wrote most of the 14 songs, along with covering songs from Hank Williams, Townes Van Zandt and Johnny Cash. Guy Clark helps out with a narration, while Peter Rowan and John Cowan provide vocal support.
May 6, 2016
Cyndi Lauper -
Cyndi Lauper is best known as the voice behind "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" and "True Colors," but she's in for a change here. "Detour" is her first country disc, and the New York native covers some of her favorite country songs from the '40s, '50s and '60s. Among them are "Funnel of Love," "Heartaches by the Number," "I Fall to Pieces" and "Nightlife." The latter was written by Willie Nelson more than five decades ago, and he sings on Lauper's version. Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Jewel and Allison Krauss also lend their vocal talents.
Mary Chapin Carpenter -
The Things That We Are Made Of
(Lambert Light/Thirty Tiger)
May 3, 2016
Keith Urban -
Keith Urban releases his eighth studio disc. He has enjoyed two hits with "Break on Me" and "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16."
April 29, 2016
AJ Croix -
(Creative Entertainment Network/RED)
Singer/guitarist AJ Croix recorded his disc in Kingston, N.Y. under the guidance of producer Malcolm Burn. This was Croix's third crowd-funded releases, who is from northern New Jersey.
Martina McBride -
Veteran singer makes her debut on the Big Machine Label Group subsidiary. The disc includes 10 songs with the title track the first single. Nathan Chapman, who produced Taylor Swift, and Dann Huff produced McBride.
April 19, 2016
Ashleigh Flynn -
The Low Arc of the Sun
Ashleigh Flynn goes the live root in this seven-song disc recorded on Dec. 21, 2014 at the Secret Society Ballroom in Portland, Ore.
April 15, 2016
Sturgill Simpson -
A Soldier's Guide to Earth
Kentucky native Sturgill Simpson, who is of the Waylon Jennings school of country, releases his third disc overall and first on a major label. The first single is , "Brace For Impact (Live A Little)." The release was written as a letter to his first child, who was born in the summer of 2014. Simpson produced the nine-song album, a departure since Dave Cobb produced his first two. His last release was the Grammy-nominated 2014 release, "Metamodern Sounds In Country Music."
The Hackensaw Boys -
Hackensaw Boys release only their third full-length studio disc since 2015. As usual, the boys mix it up sonically on the 11 songs. Larry Campbell produced the set.
Del McCoury -
Del and Woody
Del McCoury takes original lyrics from Woody Guthrie and puts them to music on his latest. The Del McCoury Band provides the musicianship on these dozen songs. McCoury produced the set. Guthrie's daughter, Nora, decided to ask McCoury to add the music after seeing him at the Newport Folk Festival in 2009.
Reagan Boggs -
Virginia native Reagan Boggs recorded the 13-songs in East Nashville. The disc is the follow-up to her "Quicksand" CD. She covers country and Americana music.
Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers -
Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers release an all-gospel disc, which Mullins produced in Nashville. The title track was penned by Dolly Parton.
April 8, 2016
Sammy Walker -
Brown Eyed Georgia Darlin'
Singer-songwriter Sammy Walker was Influenced by the folk and country sounds of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie and Hank Williams. Walker emerged in the mid-1970s with two albums for the Folkways label and two albums for Warner. This disc contains 10 demos from a self-titled 1976 release.
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 son. The focus on the Joe Henry-produced release is Carll's plain spoken vocals and lyrics.
Kristy Cox -
Part of Me
Bluegrass singer Kristy Cox, who hails from Australia, offers 11 songs in a disc produced by Jerry Salley. Mike Bub of Del McCoury's band offers upright bass on the set.
April 1, 2016
Levi Hummon -
Levin Hummon releases his debut EP, a five-song set. Hummon, who grew up in Nashville, had a hand in writing four of the songs. He also helped write Steven Tyler's current single, "Red, White and You." Hummon's father, Marcus, has enjoyed some success as a songwriter.
Ashleigh Caudill -
Ashleigh Caudill tows the bluegrass line on her latest, which she co-produced with Jim Hurst.
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.
Matthew Barber & Jill Barber -
The Family Album
Matthew and Jill Barber are a brother/sister duo from Canada. The duo recorded these songs - they call it folk, but it borders on roots/country - in Toronto in 2015. Five of the songs are originals with the remaining six coming from the likes of Neil Young ("Comes a Time") and Townes Van Zandt ("If I Needed You").
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 25, 2016
Jason Paulson -
Crow River Ramble
Minnesota-based artist Jason Paulson tones it down on his latest. This is his third album and has a more acoustic feel than his other releases.
The Grahams -
Glory Bound Deluxe edition
(Creative Entertainment Network/RED)
The Grahams - the Texas duo of Alyssa and Doug Graham give "Glory Bound" a deluxe treatment with five new songs. John Fullbright, The Milk Carton Kids and The Watkins Family make special appearances.
Various Artists -
I Saw The Light (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
The official album of music from the Hank Williams film biography, directed by Marc Abraham and starring Tom Hiddleston ("Midnight in Paris," "The Avengers") as Hank Williams and Elizabeth Olsen ("Avengers: Age of Ultron," "Godzilla," "Martha Marcy May Marlene") as Audrey Williams, "I Saw the Light (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)" premieres several newly recorded interpretations of classic Hank Williams tracks, performed for the film by Tom Hiddleston and the Saddle Spring Boys.
Huddleston recorded "Hey Good Lookin'," "Move It On Over," "Jambalaya," "My Bucket's Got a Hole In It," "Why Don't You Love Me" and "Honky Tonkin'." The release also includes Eddy Arnold's "Anytime" (1949), The Delmore Brothers' "Field Hand Man" (1951), Jo Stafford's "The Tennessee Waltz" (1950), Jimmy Liggins' "That's What's Knockin' Me Out" (1951), Eartha Kitt's "Santa Baby" (1953), George Morgan's "Please Don't Let Me Love You" (1949) and Emmett Miller's "Lovesick Blues" (1925), a show tune made into a number one 1 by Williams in 1949.
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.
Josh Williams -
Josh Williams, three-time IBMA Guitarist of the Year winner Josh Williams returns with his first album in more than six years with quite a story as well. Once a member of Rhonda Vincent's backing band, The Rage, drug and alcohol problems resulted in him getting the book. He continued on as the Josh Williams Band and finally entered rehab. He is back with Vincent. Williams recorded the disc at Nashville's Hilltop Studios with producer J.D. Crowe and engineer Steve Chandler. "Modern Day Man" is partly a tribute to his idols Keith Whitley and Tony Rice and the 1970s editions of Crowe's New South. The disc has far more of a country than bluegrass feel.
March 18, 2016
Lorrie Morgan -
A Picture Of Me - Greatest Hits & More
Lorrie Morgan puts out a second disc about five weeks after her first album in five years. This greatest hits effort includes re-recordings of hits like "Five Minutes," Except For Monday" and "What Part of No" plus unreleased songs. A total of 16 songs are on the Matt Legge produced release.
Lonesome River Band -
Bridging the Tradition
Bluegrass band Lonesome River Band began 34 years ago and dishes out a dozen-song disc. Sammy Shelor leads the group on banjo. LRB also consists of lead vocalists,Brandon Rickman (guitar) and newest member Jesse Smathers (mandolin), Mike Hartgrove (fiddle) and Barry Reed (bass Session drummer Tony Creasman adds percussion .
Kane Brown -
Kane Brown, an Ogelthorpe, Ga. native, releases his major label debut. Brown, 22, wrote four of the five songs on the EP. he has gained airplay with "Used to Love You Sober," which he released independently. RCA is releasing it as the first single from this EP.
The Boxcars -
Familiar With The Ground
The Boxcars, the two-time IBMA Bluegrass Instrumental Band of the Year, return with an 11-song set. The lead off track "Lungs,"a cover of a Towns Van Zandt ballad, is sung by Keith Garrett. Sharing lead vocals on the disc is 11-time IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year, Adam Steffey. Vanjo and fiddle ace Ron Stewart also handles vocals. The band also includes newcomer Gary Hultman on resonator guitar and bassist Harold Nixon.
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.
Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots -
The Critics Give It 5 Stars
Bpbby Bones is best known as host of the Bobby Bones Show, a syndicated country music radio show. He teams here with producer Eddie to release this disc on which they get help from friends like Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley.
Various Artists -
Wayfaring Strangers Cosmic American Music
The Numero label put out 19 songs from under the radar screen artists from the Seventies.
Sean Watkins -
What to Fear
Nickel Creek member Sean Watkins releases his fifth solo disc. "What to Fear" features 10 songs with sister Sara and Benmont Tench of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers fame helping out on keyboards. Watkins includes one instrumental, "Local Honey."
William Michael Morgan -
William Michael Morgan
William Michael Morgan, who has charted with his first single "I Met a Girl," releases a six-song EP. Morgan is a 22-year-old Vicksburg, Miss. native.
Richmond Fontaine -
You Can't Go Back If There's Nothing To Go Back To
(Fluff & Gravy)
Veteran Portland, Ore. band Richmond Fontaine calls it a day with its swan song release.The band has been around for two decades.
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.
March 8, 2016
Ted Russell Kamp -
Ted Russell Kamp releases an album consisting of six new studio tracks and six live recordings ruled from concerts and radio station visits. Some songs were co-written with friends at home at home in the L.A. country-rock scene (Kirsten Profit of Calico, David Serby), in Austin (Tony Scalzo of Fastball, Gordy Quist of The Band of Heathens) and in Nashville (Chris Tompkins). One song, recorded live in Finland, is a solo mandolin and vocal version of "Steady At The Wheel" which Kamp wrote for Shooter Jennings. Kamp was a member of Jennings' band.
March 4, 2016
The Brothers Comatose -
City Painted Gold
The Brothers Comatose release their third album. The band offers a southwestern-tinged, rowdy string band sound. Brothers Ben and Alex Morrison, guitar and banjo, and lead vocalists, who live in San Francisco, front the band, which includes bassist Gio Benedetti, Philip Brezina on fiddle and Ryan Avellone on mandolin.
Frank Solivan -
Family, Friends and Heroes
Frank Solivan stretches it out on the disc. he offers a slew of covers ranging from the lead-off "Pretty Woman" to "I Still Miss Someone" and "Leaving on a Jet Plane." While recorded as a solo disc, he gets help from his backing band mates Mike Munford and Chris Luquette. Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury, Rob Ickes and Jerry Douglas also provide support on the 14-song disc. Solivan's late mother, Lorene, provides vocals on "Wayfaring Stranger."
Loretta Lynn -
Loretta Lynn returns with her first disc since 2004's well-received "Van Lear Rose." Songs include a remake of "Fist City" along with "Every thing It Takes," featuring Elvis Costello, and the closing song, "Lay Me Down" with Willie Nelson aboard.
Sarah Borges -
Good and Dirty
Sarah Borges is out with a rough-and-tumble five-song EP produced by Eric Roscoe Amble.
Granger Smith -
Granger Smith releases his first full length on a major label. The disc includes all four songs on last year's "4 x 4" EP including the hit single "Backroad Song." The release also includes a few songs of Smith's alter ego, Earl Dibbles Jr.
February 26, 2016
8 Ball Aitken -
8 Ball Aitken
(indieExtreme/Red Rocker Records)
8 Ball Aitken is an Aussie artist, who makes his U.S. debut. He has a bluesy, rootsy, country feel to his music. He also has a sense of humor with songs such as "She's Going to Mexico, I'm Going to Jail" and "Seven Bucks an Hour in a Chicken Suit." Aitken recorded 10 songs in Nashville and the others in Australia.
Dave Adkins -
Bluegrass singer Dave Adkins releases his second solo disc. He has his own band Republik Steele, now The Dave Adkins Band and has been part of Dave Adkins & Edgar Loudermilk. Adkins produced the 12-song disc.
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."
Gene Watson -
Real. Country. Music.
(Fourteen Carat Mind)
Veteran singer Gene Watson delivers a soulful 13-song album. The project includes a gospel rendition of "Help Me," a song written by Larry Gatlin and recorded by Elvis Presley. "Enough For You," written by Kris Kristofferson, and "When A Man Can't Get A Woman Off His Mind" a co-write by Bill Anderson and Sharon Vaughn also are on the release.
Willie Nelson -
Summertime Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin
Willie Nelson tries his hand at covering 11 songs from George and Ira Gershwin catalogue. Among them are "Summertime," "I Got Rhythm," "It Ain't Necessarily So" and "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off," featuring Cyndi Lauper. Nelson was named the 2015 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular 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.
Jen Lane -
This Life of Mine
Saskatoon, Canada-based recording artist Jen Lane releases her fifth solo disc, which combines folk and country sounds. Lane also records with her partner, John Antoniuk. Lane wrote 10 of the 11 songs, except for "Thirteen," a Big Star song.
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 16, 2016
Henry Wagons -
After What I Did Last Night
(Goldview/Metropolitan Groove Merchants)
Australian artist and television personality Henry Wagons releases his first full-length disc. Skylar Wilson (Justin Townes Earle, Caitlin Rose, Andrew Combs) produced the disc.
Rabbit Wilde -
Bellevue, Wash.'s finest releases its third set of Americana music in three years. "The Heartland" contains 13 songs and was recorded at Bear Creek Studio in Woodinville, Wash.
February 12, 2016
John David Souther -
After his 1971 debut, J.D. Souther worked with Chris Hillman (Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers) and Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield, Poco) in the short lived Souther/Hillman/Furay Band. Five years after his debut, "Black Rose" appeared. Produced by Peter Asher, the album includes 10 songs. Of the songs on the disc, Linda Ronstadt had previously recorded "Faithless Love" on her breakthrough "Heart Like A Wheel" album, and would tackle "Simple Man, Simple Dream" in 1977. This reissue includes seven bonus tracks.
Vince Gill -
Down to My Last Bad Habit
Vince Gill returns with his first solo disc since 2011. He did release "Bakersfield" with Paul Franklin in 2013. The focus is on gill's ever fine tenor vocals. he gets help from Little Big Town and cam,but this Gill's show on a disc of hard core country, blues and soulful sounds.
John David Souther -
Home by Dawn
After hitting the top 10 twice with "You're Only Lonely" and his duet with James Taylor, "Her Town Too," JD Souther released his only album in the 1980's, "Home By Dawn," produced by David Malloy (Eddie Rabbit, Kenny Rogers, Reba McEntire). Covering rock, roots-rock and rockabilly, "Home By Dawn," the album's original nine songs are joined by four bonus tracks-a demo of "I'll Take Care Of You," two outtakes from the original sessions and his Urban Cowboy duet with Linda Ronstadt, "Hearts Against The Wind." Packaging includes new liner notes from Scott Schinder, based on recent interviews with Souther.
Joey + Rory -
Hymns That Are Important To Us
(Gaither Music Group)
Joey + Rory recorded this album last summer, while Joey was fighting her difficult battle with cancer. The disc contains religious-themed songs including "He Touched Me," "The Old Rugged Cross" and "How Great Thou Art."
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 6, 2016
Matt Patershuk -
I Was So Fond of You
Canadian singer Matt Patershuk releases an 11-song set produced by Steve Dawson. Ana Egge provides a chunk of backing vocals. Mike Bub on bass and Fats Kaplin on fiddle and mandolin among other instruments, help out as well. This is Patershuk's second release.
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.