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August 28, 2015

Maddie & Tae - Start Here (Big Machine)
Young singers Maddie & Tae made a splash with their kiss-off song to bro-country "Girl in a Country Song." They also followed it up with the single "Fly." This is their full-length debut.

July 24, 2015

Ashley Monroe - The Blade (Warner)
Ashley Monroe, part of the crop of more traditional country singers, is releasing her second album for Warner.

July 17, 2015

Alan Jackson - Angels and Alcohol (Arista Nashville)
Alan Jackson released his first studio album in three years of all new music. Jackson wrote 7 of the 10 tracks, including the self-penned track. His 15th studio album comes 25 years after his debut landmark album "Here In The Real World." His last release was "The Bluegrass Album," which dominated the bluegrass charts for months.

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - Something More Than Free (Southeastern)
Jason Isbell releases his fifth album, "Something More Than Free," an 11-song set. Dave Cobb, who also produced Isbell's previous album, "Southeastern," his breakthrough disc, once again is at the helm. The music is said to be Isbell's most musically diverse.

July 7, 2015

Tiffany Huggins Grant - Jonquil Child (MGW)
Tiffany Huggins Grant is an Atlanta-born, Nashville-based artist. The 12-song CD boasts 10 original songs. Mark Robinson, who also plays guitars oin the disc, produced the CD in Nashville.

June 30, 2015

Easton Corbin - About to Get Real (Mercury Nashville)
Easton Corbin releases his third album almost three years after "All Over the Road" came out. The current single is "Baby Be My Love Song."

June 23, 2015

Canaan Smith - Bronco (Mercury Nashville)
Canaan Smith releases his debut disc after releasing an EP earlier this year. The 11-song album includes the hit single "Love You Like That." A Target exclusive release features two bonus tracks, "Gettin' Into" and "Fire." Brett Beavers, Jimmy Robbins and Ryan Tyndell produced the disc.

Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams - Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams (Red House)
Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, who were both part of Levon Helm's band besides being husband-and-wife, will release a self-titled disc. The 11-song release includes 8 originals and 3 covers. Campbell also gained acclaim as guitarist for Bob Dylan.

Kacey Musgraves - Pageant Material (Mercury Nashville)
Texas native Kacey Musgraves, who had a lot of success from her "Same Trailer Different Park" debut, returns with her second for the label and fifth overall, "Pageant Material." The disc was recorded live in one of the best old studios still standing - historic RCA Studio A. "BIscuits" is the first single from the set.

Corey Smith - While the Gettin' Is Good (Sugar Hill)
Corey Smith weaves together Americana, country and soulful/jazz vibes, which sometimes recalls Jason Mraz.

June 16, 2015

Various Artists - Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City (Sony Legacy)
The CD coincides with an exhibition at the Country Music Hall of Fame. The disc traces the roles of Cash and Dylan in Nashville. The set is comprised almost entirely of previously released material from folks like The Byrds, Kristofferson, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

The SteelDrivers - The Muscle Shoals Recordings (Rounder)
Driving bluegrass band The SteelDrivers releases its fourth album. As the title indicates, the disc was cut in Muscle Shoals, Ala., the hometown of soulful music. The area happens to be the hometown of lead singer Gary Nichols. The band also includes fiddler and vocalist Tammy Rogers, banjoist Richard Bailey, mandolinist Brent Truitt, and bassist and singer Mike Fleming. Jason Isbell, a boyfriend friend of Nichols, co-produced 9 of the 11 tracks.

June 9, 2015

Laura Bell Bundy - Another Piece of Me (Big Machine)
Laura Bell Bundy is better known for being a TV and Broadway actress, but she is once again going the music route. The first single is "I Am What I Am." The disc includes 15 songs, 9 of which Bundy had a hand in writing. Bundy had a release in 2010 with "Achin and Shakin'"

Dale Watson - Call Me Insane (Red House/Ameripolitan)
Austin's purveyor of traditional country music, Dale Watson, continues to raise the flag on his latest. Lloyd Maines produced the disc, which includes "Jonesin' For Jones," a love song to the music of George Jones. Watson recorded the disc in Austin with his touring the, His Lone Stars: Don Pawlak on pedal steel; Mike Bernal on drums and percvussion and Chris Crepps on upright bass.

Big Country Bluegrass - Country Livin' (Rebel)
About three decades along, Big Country Bluegrass plays driving, traditional bluegrass. The sextet from southwest Virginia has released 17 albums, and this is their third for Rebel. The band includes Eddie Gill on guitar and lead vocals; Teresa Sells on guitar and lead vocals, Tim Laughlin on fiddle Lynwood Lunsford on banjo, Tony Sells on mandolin and Tony King on acoustic bass.

Montgomery Gentry - Folks Like Us (Blaster)
Montgomery Gentry returns to action with this 10-song disc.

Sammy Kershaw - I Won't Back Down (Goldelane)
Sammy Kershaw mixes new songs with covers, including the title track.

A Thousand Horses - Southernality (Universal Nashville)
A Thousand Horses, a quartet, mixes country, rock, blues and old school soul. The group has gained traction with its single "Smoke." The band is comprised of lead singer Michael Hobbs, guitarists Bill Satcher and Zach Brown and bassist Graham DeLoach. Dave Cobb (Jamie Johnson, Sturgill Simpson) produced.

The Deslondes - The Deslondes (New West)
The Deslondes, a New Orleans-based Americana band, makes its label debut on New West. The quintet put a dozen tracks on its release, which includes a cover of Joe Tex's "Yum Yum."

June 2, 2015

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard - Django and Jimmie (Sony Legacy)
Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson team up again for a duets disc. of 14 songs produced by Buddy Cannon. they also tackle the other's songs. Nelson sings the Hag's "Somewhere Between," while Haggard covers Nelson's "Family Bible." The two co-wrote four songs: "Alice In Hulaland," "It's Only Money," "Where Dreams Come To Die," and "Driving The Herd."

Greg Trooper - Live at the Rock Room (52 Shakes)
Veteran roots rocker Greg Trooper recorded this live set at The Rock Room in Austin. He is accompanied by Jack Saunders on upright bass and Chip Dolan on keyboards and accordion.

Billy Currington - Summer Forever (Mercury Nashville)
Billy Currington's new disc includes a dozen songs. The first single was "Don't It." Currington had a hand in writing one of the songs. The title track was penned by Cole Swindell, Jaren Johnston of The Cadillac Three, Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line and Jesse Frasure.

The Hillbenders - Tommy A Bluegrass Opry (Compass)
"Tommy," the rock opera from The Who, receives a bluegrass tribute from Springfield, Mo.-based bluegrass band The Hillbenders. The project was conceived by Louis Jay Meyers, who helped co-found SXSW.

May 26, 2015

John Anderson - Bayou Boys (Bayou Boys)
John Anderson releases his first album in nine years on his own label. Anderson wrote or co-wrote 12 of the 13 tracks and produced with long-time friend and producer Joe Spivey.

Eilen Jewell - Sundown Over Ghost Town (Signature Sounds)
Eilen Jewell returned to her home state of Idaho from Boston to record her new disc. She describes the disc as being autobiographical.

May 21, 2015

The Railsplitters - The Faster It Goes ( Self-released)
The Railsplitters is a Colorado-based quintet that uses bluegrass as a touchstone. the band won first place in Rockygrass' Best New Band Competition. This is their sophomore release.

May 19, 2015

Banditos - Banditos (Bloodshot)
Banditos is originally from Alabama with the sextet now living in Nashville.May Beth Richardson is the lead singer, and she sounds like she's listened to Janis Joplin. Stephen Alan Pierce II and Timothy Steven Corey Parsons also take lead vocals. This is their debut for the label.

The Grahams - Glory Bound (Creative Entertainment Network)
The Grahams are a Texas-based husband-and-wife duo, Alyssa and Doug Graham. Among those helping out on the dozen song effort are John Fullbright, Byron Berlin of the Flying Burrito Brotherse

Brantley Gilbert - Just As I Am: Platinum Edition (Valory Music)
Brantley Gilbert releases the third edition of this disc. The Platinum contains five new songs, three more than the deluxe version.

The Milk Carton Kids - Monterey (Anti-)
"Monterey" is The Milk Carton Kids' third album and the follow-up to their 2013 breakthrough "The Ash & Clay." The duo won Group of the Year at the 2014 Americana Music Awards. Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan wrote and recorded Monterey on stages - concert halls, churches and theaters across North America - while their ability to randomly toss off a wisecrack or a self-deprecating aside just as easily brings the Smothers Brothers to mind.

Christian Lopez Band - Onward (Blaster)
West Virginia based Christian Lopez Band makes his full-length debut. Produced by Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson), Onward features 10 original songs written by Lopez, 19. Lopez plays piano and guitars on the disc.

Logan Mize - Pawn Shop Guitar - EP (Arista Nashville)
Logan Mize is out with his debut, a four-song EP. Produced by Jim Catino, Ryan Gore, and Mize, the EP was entirely co-written by Mize and includes his current single, "Can't Get way from a Good Time."

Jon Pardi - The B Sides, 2011-2014 (Capitol Nashville)
Jon Pardi has enjoyed some success with his debut disc, "Write You a Song," and now he's back with a six-song EP, "The B Sides, 2011-2014." Pardi co-produced and co-wrote all of the songs.

Kelsea Ballerini - The First Time (Black River)
Kelsea released an EP as a prelude to the full-length. She also has secured a hit single for herself with "Love Me Like You Mean It."

The Malpass Brothers - The Malpass Brothers (Organic)
The Malpass Brothers are Goldsboro, N.C.'s Christopher and Taylor Malpass, who both sing lead and harmony vocals. Doyle Lawson of bluegrass fame produced the traditional country disc. The disc consists mainly of covers of the likes of Willie Nelson ("Hello Walls"), Marty Robbins ("Begging to You") and Hank Williams ("Baby, We're Really in Love")

May 12, 2015

Della Mae - Della Mae (Rounder)
Now down to a quartet, Della Mae brings its brand of country and bluegrass sounds out on its second disc. Celia Woodsmith on vocals and guitar, Kimber Ludiker on fiddle and vocals, Jenni Lyn Gardner on mandolin and vocals and Courtney Hartman on guitar, banjo and vocals comprise the band. Bassist Shelby Means left last year.

Levi Lowrey - My Crazy Head ( Self-released)
Levi Lowrey is best known for being the co-writer on Zac Brown Band's CMA Awards nominated song, "Colder Weather," but Lowrey also has his own career going. This is his third release and contains 10 songs. His wife, Stephanie, sings with him on the closing "Young and Free."

The Lonesome Band - Running Alone (Icehouse)
The Lonesome Band is an Austin-based band making its debut. Lead vocalist and guitarist Sam Whips Allison is a cross between Robert Earl Keen and Social Distortion's Mike Ness.

Lord Huron - Strange Trails (iamsound)
Lord Huron is really Ben Schneider, a Michigan native, who started off by playing solo, but has gradually added band members. "Strange Trails' is based on dreams Schneider has had.

The Honey Dewdrops - Tangled Country (Self-released)
The Honey Dewdrops is comprised of Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish, who sound a lot like Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. The duo, who are aided by a band here, are Virginia-born and Baltimore-based.

Vince Matthews and Jim Casey - The Kingston Springs Suite (Delmore Recording Society)
Recorded in 1972 by the late Vince Matthews and Jim Casey with the help of Johnny Cash, Shel Silverstein, Kris Kristofferson and "Cowboy" Jack Clement, the album has been hidden in the vaults until now. Matthews and Casey had their songs were recorded by Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Gordon Lightfoot, and Sammi Smith. They were part of the outlaw movement. The disc paints a clear picture of a town's life and residents like blacksmith Vernon Newsom ("Mr. Soul") and "Mr. Sam" The Railroad Man.

Nashville (TV show) - The Music of Nashville: Season 3, Volume 2 (Big Machine)
This marks the sixth release of a soundtrack album from the television show. the regular disc consists of 18 songs with a Target exclusive including 2 more. Buddy MIller produced the music.

Jimmy LaFave - The Night Tribe (Music Road)
Jimmy LaFave's latest release includes 13 tracks recorded at Cedar Creek Recording in Austin. The Texas native, 59, has been recording music for more than 35 years.

Maura Kennedy - The Songs of Maura Kennedy & B.D. Love (Varese Sarabande)
Maura Kennedy is usually found being one half-of The Kennedys with husband Pete.Love is a California author and poet. He wrote the lyrics for these songs, while Kennedy handled the music.

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell - The Traveling Kind (Nonesuch)
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell are teaming up again for "The Traveling Kind." The disc is the follow-up to 2013's "Old Yellow Moon." Joe Henry produced the 11 songs, 6 of which were penned by Harris and Crowell

May 5, 2015

Shelby Lynne - I Can't Imagine (Rounder)
Shelby Lynn makes her label debut with her 13th studio album. Comprised of 10 new songs written or co-written by Lynne, the disc sonically covers Southern soul, Crescent City R&B, and California country & western. Lynne recorded the album at Dockside Studio in Maurice, La. As she has on four of her last five albums (the exception being the 2008 Dusty Springfield tribute "Just a Little Lovin'," helmed by the late Phil Ramone), Lynne produced the new album herself.

May 3, 2015

Chris Stapleton - Traveler (Mercury Nashville)
Chris Stapleton has been known as a songwriter and for being the soulful lead vocalist of The SteelDrivers. now, he's on his own with his solo debut. Stapleton often goes bluesy and soulful.

April 28, 2015

Zac Brown Band - Jekyll + Hyde (Southern Ground/John Varvatos Records/Big Machine Label Group/Republic)
Zac Brown Band is off to early success as its single "Homegrown" is its highest charting debut. The band is singer/guitarist Zac Brown, violinist/singer Jimmy De Martini, multi-instrumentalist/singer John Driskell Hopkins, guitarist/organist Coy Bowles, multi-instrumentalist/singer Clay Cook, drummer Chris Fryar, percussionist Daniel de los Reyes and bassist Matt Mangano.

Tyler Farr - Suffer in Peace (Columbia Nashville)
Tyler Farr releases his sophomore disc, which contains the hit "A Guy Walks Into a Bar." Farr, a Missouri native, wrote 3 of the 11 songs.

April 23, 2015

Todd Grebe & Cold Country - Citizen (Cold Country Music)
Todd Grebe & Cold Country are based in Anchorage, Alaska. But Grebe went down to Nashville to record the traditional country disc of a dozen songs. Mike Bub of Del McCoury's band produced and played bass.

April 21, 2015

Dean Brody - Gypsy Road (Open Road Recordings)
Canadian country singing star Dean Brody releases his fifth album.

John Moreland - High on Tulsa Heat (Old Omens/Thirty Tigers)
John Moreland is an Oklahoma native, who sounds like he's been spending time in East Nashville, not downtown Nashville. He's in the same vein as Sturgill Simpson on this self-produced disc where he also wrote all of the songs.

Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen - Hold My Beer: Vol. 1 (+180 Records)
This album of 10 songs was 15 years in the making by the friends with Rogers from Texas and LaRue originally from Oklahoma.

Riders in the Sky - Riders In The Sky Salute Roy Rogers: King Of The Cowboys (Riders Radio Records)
Riders in the Sky pay tribute to the reason they're even around - Roy Rogers - on these 14 songs.

William Clark Green - Ringling Road (Bill Grease)
William Clark Green is a Texas-based artist. His latest, which contains 11 songs, was produced by Rachel Loy.

Songs from the Road Band - Traveling Show (Lucks Dumpy Toad)
The Songs from the Road Band puts out its third album. Charles R. Humphrey III from Steep Canyon Rangers is in the group along with Andrew Marlin, Phil Barker, Robert Greer, Emily Frantz, and Matt Smith. Humprhey co-wrote 14 songs with Shawn Camp, Jonathan Byrd, Phil Barker, Charlie Chamberlain, Sam Gutheridge, and Mark Bumgarner. Songs From The Road Band along with Andrew Marlin produced the record at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, NC.

April 15, 2015

Lowland Hum - Lowland Hum ( Self-released)
The Lowland Hum is husband-and-wife team Daniel Levi and Lauren Goans.The disc was recorded outside of Charlottesville, Va.

April 14, 2015

Calexico - Edge of the Sun (Anti-/Epitaph)
This is the follow-up to 2012's "Algiers." Sam Beam from Iron and Wine, Ben Bridwell from Band of Horses, Nick Urata from Devotchka, Gaby Moreno and Neko Case help out.

Reba McEntire - Love Somebody (Nash Icon)
Reba McEntire makes her debut for the Big Machine Label Group's new label geared to veteran artists. The Target deluxe version contains 14 songs, 2 more than the regular version. "Going Out Like That" is the first single. Tony Brown, Doug Sisemore and James Stroud produced along with McEntire.

Dwight Yoakam - Second Hand Heart (Warner)
Dwight Yoakam returns to his home label, Warner, on this 10-song disc. Yoakam covers "Man of Constant Sorrow."

April 12, 2015

The Foghorn Stringband - Devil in the Seat (Foghorn Music)
The Foghorn Stringband is an old time music group. This is the band's eighth album.

The Kennedys - West ( Self-released)
Husband and wife duo Pete and Maura Kennedy self-produced their latest, a 13-song disc. They recorded the music in New York.This marks their 20th year of recording together and their anniversary.

April 7, 2015

Will Hoge - Small Town Dreams (Cumberland Recordings)
Will Hoge, who has enjoyed success as a songwriter, is out with his 10th release. Hoge is a singer/songwriter, who helped write all 11 songs. He penned two with Gary Allan and one apiece with Chris Stapleton and Eric Paslay.

Pokey LaFarge - Something in the Water (Rounder)
The pride of St. Louis, Pokey LaFarge, makes his label debut. LaFarge, who incorporates old time sounds in his music, co-produced with Jimmy Sutton.

The Boxmasters - Somewhere Down the Road (101 Ranch)
The Boxmasters, the group that includes actor Billy Bob Thornton, finally is releasing new music. "Somewhere Down the Road" is the band's first disc since "Modbilly" in 2009. The group also includes Teddy Andreadis, J.D. Andrew and Brad Davis.

Kristian Bush - Southern Gravity (Streamsound)
Kristian Bush is one-half of Sugarland and releases a solo disc as the band is on hiatus. The disc was co-produced by Bush and Tom Tapley. The first single is "Trailer Hitch."

Ray Wylie Hubbard - The Ruffian's Misfortune (Bordello/Thirty Tigers)
Ray Wylie Hubbard, the Texas singer/songwriter, is out with a new disc.