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October 14, 2016

Blackberry Smoke - Like An Arrow (Three Legged/Thirty Tigers)
Since their debut in 2001, Blackberry Smoke, a 5-piece band consisting of Charlie Starr (lead vocals, guitar), Richard Turner (bass, vocals), Brit Turner (drums), Paul Jackson (guitar, vocals), and Brandon Still (keyboards), has released four full-length studio albums, including their most recent, 2015's "Holding All the Roses," which debuted in first on the Billboard Country Albums chart and eight on the Billboard Rock Albums chart.

September 30, 2016

Luke Winslow-King - I'm Glad Trouble Don't Last Always (Bloodshot)
New Orleans-based musician Luke Winslow-King releases his third disc for the Chicago label, Bloodshot. The disc was penned and recorded while Winslow-King and his newly formed band were on a summer tour of Italy in 2015. Winslow-King mixes blues and country.

September 23, 2016

Luke Bryan - Farm Tour... (Capitol)
Luke Bryan releases an EP related to his annual farm tour of the south.

August 26, 2016

The Devil Makes Three - Redemption & Ruin (New West)

August 19, 2016

Dale Watson - Live At The Big T Roadhouse, Chicken S#!+ Bingo Sunday (Red House)
Dale Watson and his Lone Stars go the live route with a show recorded at his Big T Roadhouse in St. Hedwig, Texas. The set finds Watson covering Merle Haggard's "Tonight the Bottle Me Down" along with some of his material, including "I Lie When I Drink (And I Drink a Lot)."

The Stray Birds - Magic Fire (Yep Roc)
The Stray Birds return with a disc produced by guitarist Larry Campbell.

August 5, 2016

The Cadillac Three - Bury Me In My Boots (Big Machine)
The Cadillac Three release their second full-length disc. "Drunk Like You" is the first single from the disc by the trio.

The O'Connor Band - Coming Home (Rounder)
Mark O'Connor leads the family ensemble. The band boasts three fiddlers in Mark, his wife Maggie O'Connor and Kate Lee. Mark and Maggie's son, Forrest, a former Tennessee State Mandolin Champion, is the band's mandolin player. He and Lee are the group's primary songwriters and lead vocalists.

July 29, 2016

Jake Owen - American Love (RCA Nashville)
Jake Owen releases his fifth studio disc with "American Country Love Song" the first single. Shane McAnally and Ross Copperman co-produced eight of the tracks (one of those with Luke Laird). For the first time in his career, Owen is a co-producer on three tracks with Lukas Bracewell.

Hillary Scott & the Scott Family - Love Remains (EMI Nashville)
Hillary Scott, one third of Lady Antebellum, goes the solo route sort of. She actually has some help from the family on the disc. A 13-track collection of faith-based songs, this is a combination of hymns that Scott grew up singing in church, newly-written originals and songs made popular by other artists. With the help of producer Ricky Skaggs, the album merges gospel, bluegrass, country and pop.

Lori McKenna - The Bird & The Rifle (CN/Thirty Tigers)
Lori McKenna is enjoying tremendous success as a songwriter ("Little Big Town's "Girl Crush"), but has enjoyed a long career as an artist in her own right. Her latest includes 10 songs, including "Humble & Kind," which she previously recorded and Tim McGraw had a h it with this year.

July 15, 2016

Confederate Railroad - Lucky to Be Alive (BFD)
Confederate Railroad, perhaps best known for "Trashy Women," returns with a disc including an update version of that song, "Trashy Women (Twentieth Century)." Other songs are "Psycho Bitch From Hell" and "Fast Cars, Guitars and Fine Tuned Women."

The Earls of Leicester - Rattle & Roar (Rounder)
Bluegrass super group The Earls of Leicester releases its second album. The 17-song release, a paean to Flatt & Scruggs, was recorded in one room, with all of the band members around mic. The group includes Jerry Douglas on Dobro, Johnny Warren on fiddle (his father, Paul, held down that role for F&S), Charlie Cushman on banjo, Barry Bales on bass and Shawn Camp on vocals. Jeff White replaced Tim O'Brien on mandolin.

David Nail - The Fighter (MCA Nashville)
David Nail releases his fourth studio disc."Night's on Fire" was the first single from the release.

Steven Tyler - We're All Somebody From Somewhere (Dot)
Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler releases his first solo disc. Tyler produced the 13-song set with help from T Bone Burnett, Dann Huff, Marti Frederiksen and Jaren Johnston (The Cadillac Three). The title track, "Love is Your Name" and "Red, White & You" are the first three singles.

July 8, 2016

Newtown - Harlan Road (Mountain Home)
The Lexington, Ky.-based band is fronted by award-winning fiddler Kati Penn and her husband, Jr. Williams, a banjo player. Barry Bales of Union Station produced.

Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley - The Country Blues (Compass)
Dobro master Rob Ickes and singer Trey Hensley join forces for their second release together. They debuted in 2015 with "Before the Sun Goes Down. The new release includes originals as well as covers such as "Friend of the Devil" and "One Way Out."

Mark Chesnutt - Tradition Lives (Row Entertainment)
Texas honky tonker Mark Chesnutt releases his first album since 2010's "Outlaws." Jimmy Ritchey once again produced Chesnutt, who has 13 songs on the disc.

July 1, 2016

Edgar Loudermilk - Georgia Maple (Pinecastle)
Edgar Loudermilk started by playing with Rhonda Vincent's band. He also played in Marty Raybon's band and IIIrd Tyme Out. Loudermilk's latest solo effort went to three on the Billboard charts.

Sara Watkins - Young in All the Wrong Ways (New West)
Sara Watkins goes solo again, something she's done when not with Nickel Creek. The 10-song set was produced by Gabe Witcher of Punch Brothers fame.

June 24, 2016

Tommy Womack - Namaste ( Self-released)
Tommy Womack, a singer/songwriter from Sturgis, Ky., releases his eighth album overall and first in four years. Jimmy Buffett, Jason Ringenberg, Dan Baird, David Olney, Todd Snider, Kevin Fowler and Scott Kempner of The Del Lords all have recorded his songs. Womack was in the band Government Cheese.

Sam Bush - Storyman (Sugar Hill)
Bluegrass/jamgrass ace Sam Bush releases his first disc in 7 years (2009's "Circles Around Me").

The Avett Brothers - True Sadness (Universal Republic)
North Carolina's finest, the Avett Brothers are out with a 12-song release.

June 17, 2016

Jon Pardi - California Sunrise (Capitol)
Jon Pardi releases his second full-length and third overall. "Head Over Boots" is the first single from the new disc, which contains a dozen songs. Pardi's debut, "Write You A Song," featured his Gold-selling Top 10 hit, "Up All Night," along with fan-favorites What I Can t Put Down," "Missin You Crazy" and "When I've Been Drinkin." Pardi mixes traditional country sounds and rock.

Clint Morgan - Scofflaw (Lost Cause)

Kris Kristofferson - The Cedar Creek Sessions (KK Records)
Recorded live June 23-25, 2014 at Cedar Creek Recording in Austin, Kris Kristofferson hosted a three-day impromptu jam session. Produced by Tamara Saviano and Shawn Camp, the group cut 25 of Kristofferson's favorite songs. Camp (guitar), Kevin Smith (bass), Michael Ramos (keys) and Mike Meadows (drums) played. Sheryl Crow sang a duet of ''The Loving Gift,'' a song made famous by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash.

Irene Kelley - These Hills (Mountain Home)
Irene Kelley's mix of bluegrass, country and Americana finds her on a new label. A native of Latrobe, Pa., Kelley made herself a name as a songwriter. She had songs cut by Alan Jackson, Trisha Yearwood, Loretta Lynn, Pat Green, Brother Phelps, Rhonda Vincent, Claire Lynch, Darrell Scott, The Whites and the Osborne Brothers. Stuart Duncan (fiddle), Adam Steffey (mandolin), Brian Sutton (guitar), Scott Vestal (banjo), Mark Fain (bass) all contribute. The first single, ""Carolina Wind"" features harmony vocals from Claire Lynch and Ronnie Bowman.

Sarah Jarosz - Undercurrent (Sugar Hill)
On her fourth release, Sarah Jarosz anchors the 11-song release with a quartet of songs written and performed solo "Early Morning Light," "Everything to Hide," "Take Another Turn" and "Jacqueline."

June 10, 2016

Brandy Clark - Big Day in a Small Town (Warner)
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).

Colvin & Earle - Colvin & Earle (Fantasy)
Steve Earle and Shawn Colvin merge forces after long solo careers. Produced by Buddy Miller and recorded in his living room studio, "Colvin & Earle" contains six co-written originals plus covers including the Rolling Stones "Ruby Tuesday" and Emmylou Harris "Raise the Dead."

Frankie Ballard - EI Rio (Warner)
Frankie Ballard releases his third album. The first single is "It All Started With a Beer." Marshall Altman produced the 11-song set.

Tara Thompson - Someone to Take Your Place EP (Valory Music)
Tara Thompson releases a five-song EP with the title track the first single from the project. Thompson was raised in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Thompson, the young cousin of Loretta Lynn, left home as a teenager and moved to Nashville, becoming a regular performer at honky-tonks downtown. She sang there for six years straight, performing classic country songs by Willie Nelson and Patsy Cline during her daily and nightly shows.

June 3, 2016

Craig Morgan - A Lot More to Me (Black River)
Craig Morgan releases his first album of new songs in more than four years. He co-produced the -song set with Byron Gallimore (Tim McGraw, Lee Ann Womack). Morgan's last disc was "This Ole Boy" in 2012.

The Lonely Heartstring Band - Deep Waters (Rounder)
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 Boston's 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).

The Farm Hands - Dig in the Dirt (Pinecastle)
The Farm Hands release their second disc for the label. The group is led by by Daryl Mosley (vocals and bass) and Tim Graves (vocals and Dobro and also includes Keith Tew on guitar, Bennie Boling on banjo and Kimberly Bibb on fiddle.

Maren Morris - Hero (Sony Nashville)
Texas artist Maren Morris makes her full-length major label debut. Morris, who has a hit single with "My Church," released an EP last year. Four of the songs on the EP are reprised here. Morris also helped produce the 11 songs, which include reggae and hip hop sounds.

Cornflower Blue - Invincible ( Self-released)
Canadian band Cornflower Blue releases its third album. The quintet includes Theresa McInerney, Trevor May, Deanna McDougall, Dasha Korycan and Robbie MacLeod. McInerney and May share lead vocals.

Dan + Shay - Obssessed (Warner)
Dan + Shay will try to avoid the sophomore slump on their new disc. "From the Ground Up" is the first single from the release. The song was written by the pair along with Chris DeStefano and co-produced by the duo's Dan Smyers and Scott Hendricks.

Sister Sadie - Sister Sadie (Pinecastle)
Sister Sadie is a bluegrass supergroup consisting of five women, who are making their debut. The band consists of guitarist and five-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year Dale Ann Bradley, mandolinist Tina Adair (The Tina Adair Band), banjoist Gena Britt (Alan Bibey & Grasstowne), fiddler Deanie Richardson (New Coon Creek Girls, Patty Loveless, Bob Seger) and bassist Beth Lawrence.

Cassadee Pope - Summer EP (Big Machine)
Cassadee Pope, who enjoyed success by singing on Chris Young's hit, "Think of You," is out with a four-song EP.

Bryan Sutton - The More I Learn (Sugar Hill)
Bluegrass guitarist Bryan Sutton puts out a 13-song disc, which includes three instrumentals. Sutton has won a Grammy for his duet recording with Doc Watson and has brought home the International Bluegrass Music Association award for Guitarist of the Year six times.

Various Artists - To Emmylou (Fleeing Ghost)
"To Emmylou" is an 11-song tribute album featuring Los Angeles bands covering songs of Emmylou Harris. Artists on the release include Ashleigh Flynn ("Red Dirt Girl"), The Silver Lake Chorus ("Timberline"), Burning Jet Black ("Six White Cadillacs") and Wires in the Walls ("Michelangelo").

Western Centuries - Weight of the World (Free Dirt)
Western Centuries, a Seattle-based traditional country band including Cahalen Morrison, debuts with a disc produced by Bill Reynolds of Band of Horses. Formed originally under the name Country Hammer by Morrison, known for his work as an acoustic duo with Eli West, Western Centuries revolves around three principal songwriters - Morrison, Ethan Lawton and Jim Miller.

The Small Glories - Wondrous Traveler ( Self-released)
The Small Glories are comprised of Cara Luft, a founder and former member of The Wailin' Jenny, and JD Edwards. They debut with an album of folk and rootsy sounds. Produced by 50-40 frontman Neil Osborne, "Wondrous Traveler" features vocals from both.

May 27, 2016

Dierks Bentley - Black (Capitol Nashville)
Dierks Bentley releases his eighth studio album. "Somewhere on a Beach" is the first single from the disc and went to number one. The disc, produced by Russ Copperman, contains 13 songs. Maren Morris helps out on "I'll Be the Moon."

Daniel Romano - Mosey (New West)
Canadian singer Daniel Romano releases the follow-up to "If I've Only One Time Askin'." This is his fifth solo disc, which has shown him playing varied genres.

May 20, 2016

Mudcrutch - 2 (Warner)
Forty-six years into its existence, Mudcrutch put out its third release. Mudcrutch is comprised of Tom Petty, Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers fame plus Randall Marsh on drums and Tom Leadon on guitar. The five were part of the Gainesville, Fla. band before some went onto bigger and better things. "2" combines Petty-styled rock, country and bluegrass.

The Highwaymen - American Outlaw (Sony Legacy)
The Highwaymen consisted of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. This release consists of three CDs and a DVD from a concert at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.YU. on March 14, 1980. The CDs include two from the Nassau concert and an audio disc with tracks recorded live at various Farm Aid Festivals.

Blake Shelton - If I'm Honest (Warner)
Blake Shelton releases his 10th studio album. Once again, Scott Hendricks produced the release, which contains 15 songs. They include the Top 10 single "Came Here To Forget," "Friends" from the film Angry Birds and the Gwen Stefani duet "Go Ahead And Break My Hear."

May 13, 2016

Al Scorch - Circle Round the Signs (Bloodshot)
Chicago native Al Scorch makes his debut for Bloodshot. He follows in the wake of bands like The Avett Brothers on this set, which he produced with Neil Strauch. Scorch gives a bluesy/bluegrass take on Woody Guthrie's "Slipknot."

Darrell Scott - Couchville Sessions (Full Light)
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.

Jennifer Nettles - Playing With Fire (Big Machine)
Jennifer Nettles releases her second solo disc and first for Big Machine. "That Girl" came out in 2014 on Mercury Nashville. "Unlove You" was the first single from "Playing With Fire," but had failed to make much of a dent on the charts.

The Haunted Windchimes - Rattle Your Bones (Blank Tape Records)
The Haunted Windchimes are a roots/Americana quartet based in Pueblo, Col. Pueblo Colorado. This is their sixth release. The band consists of Desirae Garcia (ukulele), Chela Lujan (banjo), Inaiah Lujan (guitar) and Mike Clark (harmonica, guitar and mandolin).

Various Artists - The Music of Nashville, Season 4, Volume 2 (Big Machine)
The CD is in the latest in the series of releases from the TV show.

Rob Baird - Wrong Side of the River (Hard Luck)
Rob Baird is a Memphis-born songwriter, who has spent time in Texas. This is the follow-up to 2012's "I Swear It's True." Baird writes for Carnival Music and has penned songs with Mark Nesler, Scooter Carusoe, Will Hoge and Gary Nicholson.

May 6, 2016

Mountain Heart - Blue Skies (Compass)
Mountain Heart returns in 2016 with its first studio album in five years. Mountain Heart still consists of long-time members Josh Shilling and Aaron Ramsey. Jeff Partin and Seth Taylor joined after the band's last album was released and violinist and vocalist Molly Cherryholmes (five-time Grammy-nominee) joined just weeks before Blue Skies studio sessions were to begin. Shilling wrote most of the material with a Chris Stapleton and Ronnie Bowman co-write and a rendition of Bob Dylan's "Maggie's Farm."

Cyndi Lauper - Detour (Sire)
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.

Evie Ladin Band - Jump the Fire ( Self-released)
Evie Ladin Band releases its third disc. The band consists of Ladin, Keith Terry on bass and Erik Pearson on guitar. The music combines Appalachian sounds of clawhammer banjo, guitar, bass and percussive dance on the 11 songs.

Keith Urban - Ripcord (Capitol Nashville)
Keith Urban releases his eighth studio disc. He has enjoyed two hits with "Break on Me" and "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16." Carrie Underwood helps out on "The Fighter," while Pitbull and Nile Rodgers are on "Sun Don't Let Me Down."

Kacy & Clayton - Strange Country (New West)
Kacy & Clayton are second cousins Kacy Anderson and Clayton Linthicum, who hail from Sakatchewan, Canada. This is their third disc and leans heavily towards folk sounds.

Mary Chapin Carpenter - The Things That We Are Made Of (Lambert Light/Thirty Tiger)

Cole Swindell - You Should Be Here (Warner Nashville)
After his debut album, "Cole Swindell,' comes the sophomore release. Swindell had 3 number 1 hits in 2015 and wrote chart toppers for Thomas Rhett, Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line. Swindell's new disc contains 13 songs.

April 29, 2016

Jared Hard - 10,000 Hydrogen Bombs ( Self-released)
Hared Hard, an Oklahoma native, moved to Nashville for the music business. He released a six-song EP. Hard released a Christian-themed album in 2010.

AJ Croix - American Idols (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.

Lonestar - Never Enders (Shanachie)
After 20 years, Lonestar returns with their second effort as a reformed unit.

The Jayhawks - Paging Mr. Proust (Sham/Thirty Tigers)
The Jayhawks are Gary Louris, Karen Grotberg, Marc Perlman, Tim O'Reagan and Kraig Johnson on this 12-song set. Louris produced along with Tucker Martine, who has worked The Decemberists and Peter Buck of REM fame. The band goes beyond its alt.-country sound on this set.

Martina McBride - Reckless (Nash Icon)
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.

John Doe - The Westerner (Cool Rock)
John Doe is best known for his work with punk rock band X, but he also has an extensive solo career. On his latest, Doe takes a rootsy approach with help from Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power, and Debbie Harry.