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November 13, 2015

Chris Isaak - First Comes the NIght (Vanguard)
Chris Isaak releases his first album of new material in six years. Isaak recorded the dozen songs in Nashville.

October 23, 2015

The Cox Family - Gone Like the Cottom (Rounder)
The Cox Family started recording this disc in 1998 with Allison Krauss at the helm. But a change at their record label at the time, Asylum, eventually led to their departure and the failure to finish the disc. Until now. Krauss returned to produce. The Coxes are a bluegrass band from Louisiana.

Carrie Underwood - Storyteller (19 Recordings/Arista Nashville)
Carrie Underwood releases "Smokebreak" as the first single from her upcoming project. Jay Joyce, Mark Bright, and Zach Crowell produced the album.

September 25, 2015

Don Henley - Cass County (Capitol)
The Eagles drummer Don Henley releases his first solo disc in 15 years. Dolly Parton sings with Henley on "When I Stop Dreaming," a song from the Louvin Brothers. Mick Jagger and Miranda Lambert offer their help on "Bramble Rose," the lead-off song. Martin McBride, Merle Haggard, Trisha Yearwood and Lee Ann Womack also help out Henley.

Thomas Rhett - Tangled Up (Valory Music)
Thomas Rhett releases his second disc after a very successful, hit-laden debut. The sophomore effort contains 13 songs, including the single "Crash and Burn."

September 18, 2015

Dave and Phil Alvin - Lost Time (Yep Roc)
Dave and Phil Alvin continue making music together after last year's successful tribute to Big Bill Broonzy. This is their second release together.

September 14, 2015

Mac McAnally - A.K.A. Nobody (Mailboat)
Mac McAnally has been known for his session work, being a member of Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band and as a songwriter. He's back out on his own again, recording-wise anyway, on this 15-song set.

September 11, 2015

Brett Eldredge - Illinois (Warner)
Brett Eldredge releases his sophomore album and pays homage to his home state.

September 4, 2015

The Karpinka Brothers - You Can Count On Me ( Self-released)
The Karpinka Brothers are a quartet hailing from north of the border. they do include Shawn and Aaron Karpinka plus Malcolm Whyte and Dean Summach.They play roots and folk music with a nod to The Decemberists.

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, which was produced by Dann Huff (Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban). The disc employs a lot of country instrumentation on songs marked by the vocal harmonies of Maddie & Tae.

August 21, 2015

Chris Jones - Run Away Tonight (Mountain Home)
Chris Jones & The Night Drivers are out with a dozen song release. The Drivers are Ned Luberecki on banjo, Jon Weisberger on bass and Mark Stoffel on mandolin. Jones produced along with Tim Surrett.

Kip Moore - Wild Ones (Universal)
Kip Moore finally releases his sophomore CD after a great deal of success with his 2012 debut, which contained "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck." Each song on the new 13-track disc was born on the road during soundchecks, backstage dressing rooms and in Moore's bunk at night and recorded during "time off" from playing more than 200 shows a year. Moore helped write every song, including the lead single "I'm to Blame."

August 14, 2015

Rod Picott - Fortune (Welding Rod)
Rod Picott was raised in the northeast and now is based in Nashville. His latest is a bit of a dour affair, including country and Americana sounds.

August 11, 2015

Angela Easterling - Common Law Wife (De L'est)
Angela Easterling releases her fifth country disc with help from the likes of Will Kimbrough, Dave Jacques and Joe Pisapia.

August 7, 2015

Luke Bryan - Kill the Lights (Capitol Nashville)
Luke Bryan puts out his second disc this year. after releasing his final spring break effort in March. The lead single from the new release is "Kick the Dust Up."

Michael Ray - Michael Ray (Warner Nashville)
Michael Ray releases his major label debut, which features the hit "Kiss You in the Morning." Ray was mentored by John Rich on "The Next: Fame Is at Your Doorstep," which he won. Ray, a Florida native, released a six-song EP in April.

Brent Best - Your Dog, Champ (Last Chance)
Slobberbone leader Brent Best finally releases his solo debut after two failed attempts. Best wrote all 11 songs.

July 24, 2015

Kasey Chambers - Bittersweet (Sugar Hill)
Kasey Chambers expands her musical horizons on her latest. This is the first time she has recorded without brother/producer Nash Chambers. Nick DiDia produced what is Chambers' first solo disc in four years.

Old Man Luedecke - Domestic Eccentric (True North)
Juno award winner Old Man Luedecke recorded in a cabin he built by hand in the snowy woods around Chester, Nova Scotia, Canada. Grammy award winner Tim O Brien produced the disc.

Ashley Monroe - The Blade (Warner)
Ashley Monroe, part of the crop of more traditional country singers, is releasing her second album for Warner. Once again, Justin Niebank and Vince Gill produced. Monroe had a hand in writing 12 of the 13 songs, which are a bit less traditional than "Like a Rose," her well-received 2013 release.

Watkins Family Hour - Watkins Family Hour (Watkins Family Hour/Thirty Tigers)
This is the first disc of Watkins FamilyHour, although it is comprised of a bunch of musical veterans. The band features Sean and Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek fame, Fiona Apple, who has her own solo career, Benmont Tench of Tom Petty's band, the Heartbreakers, Greg Leisz, Sebastian Steinberg and Don Heffington. The disc is mainly comprised of covers of the likes of Harland Howard, Roger Miller, Bob Dylan and Gordon Lightfoot.

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 - 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 10, 2015

The Battlefield - Tipping Point ( Self-released)
The Battlefield is a Los Angeles-area based trio consisting of Jenny Weaver, James Addison and Matt Ducey.

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

Yonder Mountain String Band - Black Sheep (Frog Pad)
This is the first release for Yonder Mountain String Band since the departure of Jeff Austin. The 10-song disc takes on more of a straight forward bluegrass feel instead of jam band.

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 Lonesome Trio - The Lonesome Trio (Sugar Hill)
This the self-titled debut of the bluegrass trio. The group includes Ed Helms, best known for his work on The Office, along with fellow Oberlin friends Jacob Tilove and Ian Riggs.They play all instruments on the dozen-song disc produced by Gary Paczosa and the group. Their bluegrass is of the laidback variety.

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

The Mike + Ruthy Band - Bright As You Can (Humble Abode/Thirty Tigers)
The Mike + Ruthy Band is comprised of Mike Merenda and Ruthy Ungar on lead vocals. they also are husband-and wife. Once upon a time, they were in the band The Mammals. Jacob Silver on bass, Konrad Meissner on drums and Charlie REose on pedal steel also are in the group.

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.

Claire Holley - Time in the MIddle ( Self-released)
Mississippi-born and Los Angeles-based singer Claire Holley releases her ninth album. She wrote 10 of the 11 songs with a cover of Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds" starting the disc.

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.