October 28, 2014
Stoney LaRue -
The Texas native-turned longtime Oklahoman has built a career in those two states. Frank Liddell and Mike McCarthy produced LaRue's disc with "First One to Know" the single.
Darius Rucker -
Home for the Holidays
Darius Rucker goes the holiday route with this dozen song release. The disc includes standard holiday fare along with "You're A Mean One, Mr Grinch" and "Candy Cane Christmas," a song penned by Rucker.
Sam Hunt -
Sam Hunt has a hit out of the box with "Leave the Night On." This 10-song release is the follow-up to an EP released earlier this year.
Little Big Town -
October 21, 2014
Larry Stephenson -
Pull Your Savior In
(Whysper Dream Music)
The Larry Stephenson Band goes the gospel route with "Pull Your Savior In." Kenny Ingram, Colby Laney, Danny Stewart, Jimmy Fortune, Aubrey Haynie, David Parmley and Dale Perry play on the 12-song disc.
October 14, 2014
Angaleena Presley -
American Middle Class
Angaleena Presley steps out on her own, while gaining fame as one third of Pistol Annies, the group also featuring Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe. Presley, who hails from coal mining country in Kentucky, produced the dozen songs. Vocalists include Patty Loveless, Chris Stapleton, Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls) and father, Jimmy Presley, who opens the title track with a personal narrative.
Florida Georgia Line -
The ultra-successful duo Florida Georgia Line releases the follow-up to their debut, "Here's to the Good Times." That featured the number one hits "Stay," "Get Your Shine On," "Round Here" and "Cruise." The new release features the hit "Dirt" and the second single "Sun Daze." The partying themes remain ever present.
Maggie Bjorklund -
Danish pedal steel player Maggie Bjorklund releases her second disc. She has landed touring gigs with Jack White (and performed on his latest "Lazaretto"), X's John Doe and Exene Cervenka and Howe Gelb and recruited Mark Lanegan, Calexico's Joey Burns and John Convertino, John Auer (the Posies) for her 2011 debut. The new release consists of drummer Convertino, Barb Hunter on cello, Jim Barr (Portishead) on bass, John Parish (noted for his work as a singer/songwriter with PJ Harvey, Sparklehorse) on guitars/electric bass and production, and a featured guest vocal appearance by Kurt Wagner (Lambchop).
The Swon Brothers -
The Swon Brothers
Oklahoma duo The Swon Brothers release their debut. Zach and Colton Swon grew up down the street from Carrie Underwood with whom they shared the stage.
Lonesome River Band -
Turn on a Dime
Bluegrass band Lonesome River Band releases its first disc in four years. The group is led by five-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Banjo Player of the Year Sammy Shelor, vocalist and songwriter Brandon Rickman on guitar, Mike Hartgrove on fiddle, Barry Reed on bass and Randy Jones on mandolin and vocals.
October 7, 2014
Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn -
Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn
Solo artists in their own right, banjo power couple and husband-and-wife Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn joined forces for their first release together. The disc is a front porch banjo and vocal album of new music, Appalachian murder ballads, gospel, chamber and blues; the culmination of a yearlong tour as a duo in 2013, following the birth of their son, Juno. Songs include "banjo banjo."
Doug Seegers -
Going Down to the River
Doug Seegers makes his debut at the age of 62. Swedish singer Jill Johnson discovered him in a Nashville food pantry. The two subsequently recorded a duet that climbed to the top of the music charts in Sweden. Produced by Will Kimbrough (Todd Snider, Kate Campbell) at Nashville's Sound Emporium studios Buddy Miller and Emmylou Harris both are on the disc.
Shelby Lynne -
I Am Shelby Lynne (Deluxe Version)
Shelby Lynne's "I Am Shelby Lynne" receives the deluxe edition CD/DVD treatment on its 15th anniversary. The disc includes the re-mastered full-length disc plus 6 previously unreleased bonus tracks from the original sessions and a 15-song, 90-minute concert from the House of Blues in Los Angeles from April 28, 2000.
Hal Ketchum -
I'm the Troubadour
Hal Ketchum is best known for "Past the Point of Rescue" from ,but he returns with a 15-song disc. on a set produced by Texas singer/songwriter Jimmy LaFave. This the New York native's first release since 2008's "Father Time."
Jason Aldean -
Old Boots, New Dirt
Jason Aldean is back with his sixth CD, which features the different sounding number one single "Burnin' It Down." The disc contains 15 songs and is once again produced by Michael Knox.
September 30, 2014
Lady Antebellum -
Lady Antebellum releases its fifth album led by the first single "Bartender." Nathan Chapman co-produced the 14-song disc.
Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers -
Another Day From Life
Bluegrass band Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers release their fourth CD. The project is the first album to feature guitarist/lead singer Duane Sparks, an Indiana native.
Blake Shelton -
Bringing Back the Sunshine
BLake Shelton takes time off from The Voice to release this dozen song disc. "Neon Lights" is the first single from the release.
Lucinda Williams -
Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone
Lucinda Williams releases her first ever two-CD studio disc. The release was produced by Tom Overby, Greg Leisz and Williams.
Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White -
Hearts Like Ours
Ricky Skaggs and wife Sharon White team up for their first ever release. In 1987, the pair won a CMA Vocal Duo of the Year award for "Love Can't Ever Get Better Than This," but White was touring with her family band, The Whites, and Skaggs was on fire with his solo career, so releasing a full project wasn't possible at the time.
Pieta Brown -
PIeta Brown releases her sixth album. Produced by Brown with frequent collaborator and partner, Bo Ramsey, "Paradise Outlaw" was recorded in four days at Bon Iver mastermind Justin Vernon's April Base studio in Wisconsin with a supporting cast that includes Vernon, Amos Lee, Brown's father, singer Greg Brown and members of an experimental group of players she calls the Sawdust Collective. Paradise
Marty Stuart -
Saturday Night/ Sunday Morning
Marty Stuart and his backing band, the Superlatones, release a double CD set.
Hot Rize -
When I'm Free
(Ten in Hand Records)
Almost 25 years after its last release, bluegrassers Hot Rize return with "When I'm Free." The band consists of Nick Forster, Tim O'Brien, Bryan Sutton and Pete Wernick.
September 23, 2014
Big & Rich -
JP Harris and the Tough Choices -
Home Is Where The Hurt Is
JP Harris and the Tough Choices play traditional country music. This is the Alabama band's second disc for the western Massachusetts label. Chance McCoy (Old Crow Medicine Show), Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), and Nikki Lane help out on the 10-song release.
Lori McKenna -
Lori McKenna records an album inspired by the "lingering stories" of previous albums "Lorraine" and "Massachusetts." Long-time band member Mark Erelli produced the disc, which initially was slated to be a five-song EP.
Kenny Chesney -
The Big Revival
(Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville)
Kenny Chesney is out with his 17th release. Once again, Buddy Cannon produced. The disc is off to a good start as lead single "American Kids" is a hit. Grace Potter sings with Chesney on "Wild Child."
Lee Ann Womack -
The Way I'm Livin'
Former CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Lee Ann Womack finally returns after a seven-year gap. She has switched labels as well going from the majors (MCA Nashville) to the indie. Frank Liddell, who also is Womack's husband, produced the disc, which contains traditional country. Womack's songs include those penned by Bruce Robison, Julie Miller, Hayes Carll and Chris Knight along with Neil Young.
Imelda May -
Imelda May is a rockabilly filly from Ireland with a lot more sounds than that. This is her third U.S. release. May combines rockabilly, blues, surf guitar sounds and a punky quality as well in an album she co-produced with Dave Crossey.
Josh Abbott Band -
Tuesday NIght EP
Josh Abbott Band makes it label debut. The five-song EP features five original Josh Abbott Band songs. Abbott, from Texas, started the band in 2006. The group includes Preston Wait (fiddle, guitar), James Hertless (bass), Caleb Keeter (guitar), Austin Davis (banjo) and Edward Villanueva (drums).
September 16, 2014
Jesse Winchester -
A Reasonable Amount of Trouble
Jesse Winchester releases his swan song, having died in April. The title was taken from one of Winchester's favoritetbooks and movies , "The Maltese Falcon." Mac McAnally produced the dozen songs.
Various Artists -
Dead Man's Town: A Tribute To Born In The U.S.A.
Jason Isbell, Holly Williams and the North Mississippi All Stars are among the artists who pay tribute to Bruce Springsteen on the 30th anniversary of "Born in the U.S.A." Nicole Atkins, Justin Townes Earle, Blitzen Trapper, Joe Pug and Trampled by Turtles also give their takes on the Boss.
Tim McGraw -
Sundown Heaven Town
Tim McGraw releases his 13th album, which produced two singles in advance of its release: "Lookin' for That Girl" and "Meanwhile Back at Mama's," which features backing vocals from McGraw's wife, Faith Hill. McGraw produced the album with Byron Gallimore, who has produced all of his albums.
George Strait -
The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium
George Strait played his last concert on June 7 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas with a bunch of friends in the house. The result is a 20-track live album recorded at his The Cowboy Rides Away Tour finale. Jason Aldean, Ray Benson, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert and Martina McBride showed up to sing with Strait.
The Earls of Leicester -
The Earls of Leicester
The Earls of Leicester, spearheaded by Jerry Douglas, pay home to Flatt & Scruggs with this 14-song collection of F&S songs. The other earls are Charlie Cushman on banjo, Tim O'Brien on mandolin, Barry Bales on bass, Johnny Warren, son of longtime F&S fiddler Paul Warren, on fiddle and singer Shawn Camp.
Sid Griffin -
The Trick is to Breathe
Sid Griffin, known for being the leader of The Long Ryders, is out with his first solo disc in a decade. The release contains a dozen pieces, including 10 Griffin originals and a spoken poem.
Jerry Douglas, Mike Auldridge and Rob Ickes -
"Three Bells"maks a collaboration of Dobro aces Jerry Douglas,Mike Auldridge and Rob Ickes.This was their first work together since 1994's"The Great Dobro Sessions." The new released marked the final recordings of Auldridge, who died on Dec. 28, 2012, shortly after the recordings were completed. The disc contains 11songs including at least one by each artist.
Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice -
Trouble Follows Me
Junior Sisk, IBMA vocalist of the year in 2013, continues splitting hairs between country and bluegrass music on these dozen songs. The band includes Jason Davis on banjo, Billy Hawks on fiddle, Jonhnathan Dillon mandolin and Jason Tomlin on bass.
September 9, 2014
Lee Brice -
I Don't Dance
The title track is the lead hit single from the disc from Lee Brice.
Justin Townes Earle -
After two and a half years since his last release, Justin Townes Earle is back with his fifth studio disc and first for Vagrant. He adopts a slowish country/blues bent.
Dustin Lynch -
Where It's At
Dustin Lynch releases his sophomore effort, which contains the hit "Where It's At (Yep Yep)." The disc contains 15 songs.
September 8, 2014
Angels Among Us Hymns & Gospel Favorites
Alabama - Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook - go the gospel route with this new collection. The deluxe version contains 15 songs, 3 more than the regular version. Band members had a hand in writing three of the songs and also produced the set.
September 2, 2014
Phillip Fox Band -
(New Damn Book)
Ohio quartet Phillip Fox Band makes its debut with what it calls country fried rock and roll. The band launched an $18,000 Kickstarter campaign to fund the dozen-song CD.
August 26, 2014
Shovels and Rope -
Husband and wife duo Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent, aka Shovels & Rope, release their sophomore album, the follow-up to 2012's "O' Be Joyful." "The Devil is All Around" is the first song released from the new set.
August 25, 2014
Brad Paisley -
Moonshine in the Trunk
Brad Paisley releases the follow-up to last year's controversial "Wheelhouse." The new disc is led by the first single, "River Bank." Luke Wooten produced the disc along with Paisley.
August 19, 2014
Joel Crouse -
Even The River Runs
(Show Dog - Universal label)
Massachusetts native Joel Crouse makes his debut for the label after releasing three singles. The disc contains 10 songs.
Born in Kansas City, MIchael-Ann is now based in Los Angeles. She has an EP to her credit. Michael-Ann refers to herself as an "Americana/Country artist with some Linda Ronstadt and Patty Loveless tossed in for good measure."
Chase Rice -
Ignite the Night
Chase Rice, who has enjoyed success as one of the writers of "Cruise," the huge Florida Georgia Line hit. He makes his full-length debut here on a disc with a lot of hick hop and bro country, including his current hit "Ready Set Roll" among 15 songs.
Randy Travis -
Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am
Randy Travis displays his musical influences once again. Songs include "I'm Moving On," " Set 'Em Up Joe" and "Are The Good Times Really Over? "
Various Artists -
Look Again to the Wind: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited
Johnny Cash's "Bitter Tears" receives a tribute. Artists include Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Kris Kristofferson, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. The disc, produced by Joe Henry, marks the 50th anniversary since the release of the original disc. Songs include "The Ballad of Ira Hayes" by Kristofferson, Welch and Rawlings.
Various Artists -
NASHVILLE OUTLAWS: A Tribute To Motley Crue
Motley Crue gets the tribute treatment, country style. Justin Moore contributes "Home Sweet Home" to the set. Others on the set include Florida Georgia Line, The Mavericks, LeAnn Rimes and Cassadee Pope.
Crowe Lawson Williams -
Standing Tall and Tough
Bluegrass veterans J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson and Paul Williams join forces for their second CD together. They wanted to record songs that were not recorded while working with Jimmy Martin. The set includes three Louvin Brothers song. Lawson produced the set.
Cory Branan -
The No-Hit Wonder
The Mississippi native releases his second disc for Bloodshot Records. The disc contains a 11 songs and was produced by Paul Ebersold. this is only Branan's fourth disc in 12 years.
August 12, 2014
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen -
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen are a bluegrass band from the D.C. area.
Sam Hunt -
Georgia native Sam Hunt releases a four-song EP as a prelude to a full-length CD in October. He has been riding the charts with his hit single "Leave the Night On."
August 5, 2014
Shooter Jennings -
Don't Wait Up (For George)
(BCR Los Angeles/Thirty Tigers)
Shooter Jennings releases a five-song tribute EP to George Jones, a friend of his father Waylon. The set contains two originals. The title track initially was written for Jones' next CD, but he passed away before being able to record. Three of the five songs were recorded by Jones.
Laurie Lewis and Kathy Kallick -
Laurie & Kathy Sing the Songs of Vern & Ray
(Spruce and Maple Music)
Vern Williams and Ray Park grew up in the Ozarks of Arkansas, about five miles away from each other, but never met until moving to central California in the 1950s. Their live performances and recordings in the '60s and '70s largely formed the basis for the bluegrass repertoire in California, and they became influences on many aspiring bluegrass musicians. Among them and playing in their bands on occasion were American roots music veterans Laurie Lewis and Kathy Kallick. They dedicated their first duet album, "Together" (Rounder Records), to Vern and Ray. This is their second collaboration.
Larry Sparks -
Lonesome and Then Some
Larry Sparks commemorates his 50th year in bluegrass with an album that features his mentors. Ralph Stanley helps out on Carter Stanley's Loving You Too Well." Curly Seckler, now 94, gives his tenor to Flatt & Scruggs' "Dim Lights, Thick Smoke. The disc also includes a live track of Sparks singing with Bill Monroe year before his death on "In the Pines."
Billy Joe Shaver -
Long in the Tooth
Texas singer/songwriter ace Billy Joe Shaver finally releases his first studio album since 2008. Rary Kennedy and Gary NIcholson co-produced the effort.
Sunny Sweeney -
Texas singer Sunny Sweeney goes her own way with her latest after being on Big Machine Records. Sweeney gets very personal on a bunch of songs about heartache, drinking, smoking and love gone way wrong. Sweeney had a hand in writing 11 of the 13 songs. Will Hoge sings "My Bed" with Sweeney. Luke Wooten produced Sweeney's third album.
Various Artists -
Thanks a Lot Texas Troubadour - A Tribute to Ernest Tubb
(Hearts of Texas)
George Jones, Dolly Parton Johnny Bush and George Hamilton IV are among the artists playing tribute to Ernest Tubb.
Flatt Lonesome -
Flatt Lonesome, a family-based bluegrass band, puts out its second release.
July 29, 2014
The Carmonas -
The Carmonas are a family act consisting of Aaron and Alison Carmona on vocals and Chad Carmona on guitars. Justin Wade Tam produced the release from the Nashville-based band.