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Upcoming and Recent CD Releases

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 ownvocalist

April 14, 2015

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 7, 2015

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

March 31, 2015

Darius Rucker - Southern Style (Capitol Nashville)

March 17, 2015

Allison Moorer - Down to Believing (Entertainment One)

March 10, 2015

Luke Bryan - Spring Break...Checkin Out (Capitol Nashville)
Luke Bryan offers his final foray into spring break EPs.

Joe Pug - Windfall (Lightning Rod)
Chicago-based singer/songwriter Joe Pug takes a back to basics approach on his latest and first for the indie-based Nashville label, which is home to Jason Isbell and Billy Joe Shaver.

March 3, 2015

Asleep at the Wheel - Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (Bismeaux)
Asleep at the Wheel returns with its second tribute to Bob Wills, kind of Texas swing. The release includes older artists such as Leon Rausch, who played with Wills, to The Avett Brothers, Pokey LaFarge and Old Crow Medicine Show. Not to mention Brad Paisley and George Strait.

February 24, 2015

The Gibson Brothers - Brothers (Rounder)
The Gibson Brothers, who started life on a family farm in upstate New York, make their Rounder debut with an album that pays homage to brother bluegrass duos of the past.

James McMurtry - Complicated Game (Complicated Game)
"Complicated Game" is Texas singer/songwriter James McMurtry's first release in six years.CC Adcock and Mike Napolitano produced the dozen songs.

Girls Guns and Glory - Girls Guns and Glory Presents: A Tribute to Hank Williams - Live! (Dry Lightning)
Boston-area country band Girls Guns and Glory release a live album that pays tribute to Hank Williams Sr. The disc, which includes 12 songs, was recorded Dec. 31, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014, linking the music with the last days of Williams' life.

February 17, 2015

Jorma Kaukonen - Ain't in No Hurry (Red House)
This is Jorma Kaukonen's third solo record on Red House Records. The disc is a blend of American roots, blues, rockers and Kaukonen originals including a lost Woody Guthrie lyric that he and producer Larry Campbell put to music. Hot Tuna partner Jack Casady, Barry Mitterhoff, Teresa Williams, and the rhythm section of Myron Hart and Justin Guip and Campbell all play on the disc.Songs include A.P. Carter's "Sweet Fern" and Tommy Dorsey's "The Terrible Operation."

Wrinkle Neck Mules - I Never Thought It Would Go This Far (Lower 40)
Wrinkle Neck Mules celebrate 15 years together this year. The 13 tracks were recorded live to analog tape in Barboursville, Va. over 9 days in May, 2014 with the help of engineer and co-producer Rob Evans (Dave Matthews Band).

The Mavericks - Mono (Valory)
The Mavericks are out with their second disc since regrouping, although bassist Robert Reynolds was kicked out of the band. The Mavericks live up to the title of the disc by recording the music in mono. The sound varies from country to jazz to Latin sounds.

Darin & Brooke Aldridge - Snapshots (Mountain Home)
Darin and Brooke Aldridge are out with their sixth disc with songs such as Johnny Cash's "Tennessee Flat Top Box" and Gillian Welch's "Annabelle." The couple co-produced the 11 songs. Ricky Skaggs, Bobby Hicks and Doyle Lawson help out.

Steve Earle - Terraplane (New West)
Steve Earle gets bluesy on his latest, which was produced by R.S. Field. He recorded the 10 songs with The Dukes, which these days is Kelly Looney on bass, Will Rigby on drums, Eleanor Whitmore on fiddle and vocals and Chris Masterson on guitars. In his liner notes, Earle indicate he wanted to recorded this type of album for long time - "when it was time."

Aaron Watson - The Underdog (BIG Label-Thirty Tigers)
Texan Aaron Watson is back with a new release.

February 10, 2015

The Farm Hands - Better Than I Deserve (Pinecastle)
Bluegrass quartet The Farm Hands release their second album. The group consists of Tim Graves on resophonic guitar, Keith Tew on guitar, Daryl Mosely on bass and Bennie Boling on banjo,.

Elana James - Black Beauty (Snarf)
Elana James steps out on our own with this CD with her main gig being with Hot Club of Cowtown. James wrote 5 of the 13 songs, while also covering Bob Dylan's "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" and the Grateful Dead's "Ripple."

Gretchen Peters - Blackbirds (Scarlet)
Gretchen Peters best known for writing "Independence Day," is out with her eighth disc. The music explores the darker side of life.

Robert Earl Keen - Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions (Dualtone)
Inspired by the bluegrass and acoustic music he grew up around, Robert Earl Keen offers 15 standards and other tunes (20 on the deluxe edition) by Flatt & Scruggs, The Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers and Richard Thompson. Special guests include Lyle Lovett ("T for Texas") and Natalie Maines on vocals ("Wayfaring Stranger"), Nickel Creek's Sara Watkins on fiddle and Danny Barnes on banjo.

Blackberry Smoke - Holding All the Roses (Rounder)
Georgia-based Blackberry Smoke makes its label debut after being on Zac Brown Band's Southern Ground label. Brendan O'Brien, who has worked with Pearl Jam, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen, produced the dozen song disc.

Screen Door Porch - Modern Settlers (Screen Door Porch)
Screen Door Porch is a Wyoming-based quartet playing soulful Americana, roots rock and country blues. The core of the band is Seadar Rose & Aaron Davis. This was the first disc recorded outside of Austin.

6 String Drag - Roots Rock 'N' Roll (Royal Potato Family)
Six String Drag is back with its first album in 18 years. Six String Drag was part of the alt.-country movement. Led by Kenny Roby and Rob Keller, the quartet released two albums, including 1997's "High Hat," its last release, which was produced by Steve Earle. The band produced the new set with Jason Merritt. Roby wrote all of the songs.

Jeff Austin - The Simple Truth (Yep Roc)
Jeff Austin steps out on his own after spending time with longstanding bluegrass jam band Yonder Mountain String Band.

Rhiannon Giddens - Tomorrow is My Turn (Nonesuch)
Rhiannon Giddens, founding member of Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, makes her solo recording debut with "Tomorrow Is My Turn," which T Bone Burnett produce. The disc incorporates country, blues, folk and gospel. Giddens recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville, with a multi-generational group that Burnett assembled. Among them are fiddle player Gabe Witcher and double bassist Paul Kowert of label-mates Punch Brothers; percussionist Jack Ashford of Motown's Funk Brothers; drummer Jay Bellerose; guitarist Colin Linden; backup singer Tata Vega; Nashville session bassist Dennis Crouch; and Giddens' Drops touring band-mates, multi-instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins and beat-boxer Adam Matta.

Love and Theft - Whiskey on My Breath (Hate & Purchase)
The duo Love & Theft go their own route, releasing the disc independently after having been on RCA.

February 3, 2015

Barnstar! - Sit Down! Get Up! Get Out! (Signature Sounds)
Barnstar! is a Boston-area bluegrass/roots collective comprised mainly of well-known Beantown sidemen, including Jake Armerding and his father Taylor, Mark Erelli, Zach Hickman and Charlie Rose. Hickman produced the 11 songs,, a mixture of covers of Josh Ritter, The Hold Steady, Patty Griffin, Cat Stevens and The Faces plus originals. This is the group's second release.

American Aquarium - Wolves ( Self-released)
The latest album from the alt.-country, roots rocking North Carolina band American Aquarium is the result of a $24,000 Kickstarter campaign. The band, which formed in 2006, consists of lead vocalist/ guitarist BJ Barham, bassist Bill Corbin, guitarist Ryan Johnson, drummer Kevin McClain, and Whit Wright on pedal steel guitar. This is the group's eighth release.

January 27, 2015

Jim White Vs. the Packway Handle Band - Take It Like a Man (Yep Roc)
Jim White is a left-of-center singer, musician, philosopher and the man who was supposed to produce the album of The Packway Handle Band, a Georgia bluegrass band. Only, he also played a large role in appearing on the album. The result is a left-of-center bluegrass-based disc as well.

Punch Brothers - The Phosphorescent Blues (Nonesuch)
Punch Brothers team up with producer T Bone Burnett. Last summer, the band and Burnett spent a month at Hollywood's Ocean Way Recording putting down the songs that guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjo player Noam Pikelny, mandolinist and lead singer Chris Thile, and fiddler Gabe Witcher wrote during several writing retreats last winter and spring.

The Lone Bellow - Then Came the Morning (Columbia)
Brooklyn-based trio The Lone Bellow releases its second disc after its debut gained much acclaim.

January 20, 2015

Ryan Bingham - Fear & Saturday Night (Thirty Tigers)
Ryan Bingham releases his fifth album and first since 2012's "Tomorrowland."

Jim Ed Brown - In Style Again (Plowboy)
Jim Ed Brown's has been a long-time coming. This is his first release in more than 30 years. He has been a mainstay of the Grand Ole Opry and his sisters Maxine and Bonnie had a slew of hits in the early '50s. He later had hits with Helen Cornelius from 1976-1981. The new disc contains 13 songs, including "Tried and True," Older Guy" and "Am I Still Country?

Ralph Stanley - Man of Constant Sorrow (2015) (Cracker Barrel)
The ageless Ralph Stanley is out with an album of new material featuring Dierks Bentley, Elvis Costello, Del McCoury, Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale, Old Crow Medicine Show, Robert Plant, Ricky Skaggs, Nathan Stanley, Josh Turner, Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings and Lee Ann Womack. Stanley performs two songs solo. Stanley, 87, recorded the disc in Nashville with Lauderdale and Miller producing. Stanley's backing band, the Clinch Mountain Boys, help out on most of the 13 songs. Stanley released a compilation album with the same name in 2000, but this is a brand new package.

Norman Blake - Wood, Wire & Words (Plectrafone/Western Jubilee)
Norman Blake releases his first album of his own material in 30 years with his guitar the lone instrument. Wife Nancy sings vocal harmonies on one song. Blake has worked with everyone from Dylan to Cash.

January 13, 2015

Justin Townes Earle - Absent Fathers (Vagrant)
Justin Townes Earle bookends "Single Mothers" with this disc recorded at the same time. Earle felt that the CDs should be released separately. "Single Mothers" was released in September 2014 by Vagrant.

Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley - Before the Sun Goes Down (Compass)
Dobro master Rob Ickes, 15-time IBMA winner for that instrument, and young and upcoming Tennessee singer Trey Hensley team up for a country disc with mainly a bunch of covers ranging from Billy Joe Shaver's "Georgia on a Fast Train" to Stevie Ray Vaughan ("Pride & Joy") to a trifecta from Merle Haggard. Hensley sang vocals on a Blue Highway disc out last year.

Cody Canada & The Departed - HippieLovePunk (Underground Sound)
Cody Canada is best known for being a member of the defunct band Cross Canadian Ragweed. He returns with his band The Departed and wrote all 11 songs.

Trace Adkins - Live Country DVD (Eagle Vision)
Trace Adkins releases a live DVD of a concert from Huntington, N.Y.

January 7, 2015

Darrell Goldman - The Bed I've Made ( Self-released)
Darrell Goldman produced his country debut, which was decades in the making. Goldman also wrote all eight songs.

January 6, 2015

Victor Krummenacher - Hard to See Trouble Coming (Veritas)
Victor Krummenacher, one-half of Camper Van Beethoven, explores a darker, cosmic country rock flavor with his ninth solo album. The album features Krummenacher on bass as well as lead guitars throughout, a first for him.

December 30, 2014

Leftover Salmon - High Country (LoS Records)
Leftover Salmon returns with the 11th disc from the Boulder, Col. jam grass band that incorporates different styles into its music.The release includes the newest member of Leftover Salmon, keyboardist Bill Payne of Little Feat fame. Steve Berlin of Los Lobos produced.

December 9, 2014

Carrie Underwood - Greatest Hits: Decade #1 (Sony Nashville)
Carrie Underwood's greatest hits collection features 25 songs, including "Something in the Water," her latest hit. "Little Toy Guns" is the other new song on the two-disc release. "Before He Cheats," "So Small," "Mama's Song" and "Last Name" close out the disc in their working session format.

Various Artists - The Music Of Nashville: Original Soundtrack Season 3 Volume 1 (Big Machine)
The television show "Nashville" is out with yet another volume of its music from the third season of the show. Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere and Clare Bowen are among the performers who sing on the 10 songs. Buddy Miller produced the CD.

December 2, 2014

Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie - December Day (Willie's Stash Vol. 1) (Sony Legacy)
Willie Nelson and his sister Bobbie are releasing their first disc together. Bobbie has been a longstanding member of her brother's band, playing piano. "December Day" features new versions of gems from Willie's extensive songwriting catalog ("Permanently Lonely," "My Old Peculiar Way") and covers (Irving Berlin's "Alexander's Ragtime Band" and "What'll I Do" with contributions from other Family Band members, including harmonica player Mickey Raphael and the late Bee Spears on bass.

Sundy Best - Salvation City (Entertainment One)
The Kentucky duo - Nick Jamerson and Kris Bentley - have been busy this year, releasing two albums, including "Bring Up the Sun." RS Field produced the latest, which includes 10 songs. The duo wrote all of the songs, including four co-writes.