June 3, 2014
Dave and Phil Alvin -
Common Ground: Dave Alvin + Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy
Brothers Dave and Phil Alvin, who formed The Blasters in 1979, are joining forces for a 12-song Bill Bronzy tribute disc. They decided to record the music after a near fatal illness for Phil in 2012. They collaborated last year on "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County," the southern gothic supernatural musicalby Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett. The Alvins also sang a duet on "What's Up With Your Brother" for Dave's last Yep Roc release "Eleven/Eleven."
Lucy Hale -
Actress and singer Lucy Hale makes her debut with either an 11-song regular disc or a 16-song deluxe set with three bonus songs and two live tracks. Mark Bright and Mike Daly produced the music. Hale gained airplay from the single "You Sound Good to Me."
May 20, 2014
Chatham County Line -
Chatham Country Line, the bluegrass quartet from Raleigh, N.C., releases its sixth album. The band consists of Dave Wilson (guitar), John Teer (mandolin, fiddle), Chandler Holt (banjo) and Greg Readling (bass, pedal steel, piano).
May 19, 2014
Brantley Gilbert -
Just As I Am
Brantley Gilbert releases his third studio disc, "Just As I Am." The lead single, "Bottoms Up," hit the top of the Billboard chart. Gilbert had a hand in writing every song.
May 13, 2014
Dolly Parton -
Dolly Parton releases her 42nd studio disc at the age of 68. The 12-song collection features a duet with Kenny Rogers on "You Can't Make Old Friends," which was originally released on his 2013 album of the same name. Parton also covers Dylan's "Don't Think Twice." She wrote seven of the songs.
April 22, 2014
Black Prairie -
Black Prairie, which includes several members of The Decemberists, is back with its third release.
April 15, 2014
Ray Price -
This is the final album from the late crooner Ray Price. The disc includes two duets with Vince Gill ("Beauty Lies in the Eye of the Beholder," "Until Then") and Martina McBride ("An Affair to Remember").
The Secret Sisters -
Put Your Needle Down
The Secret Sisters - Laura and Lydia Rogers - release their second disc. The sisters have been compared to the Everly Brothers.
Rodney Crowell -
Rodney Crowell self-produces his debut for his new label. The new music comes on the heels of his work with Emmylou Harris, "Old Yellow Moon."
April 8, 2014
Carlene Carter -
Carlene Carter makes her debut for Rounder. The disc spans the Carter Family generations, including Carter Family songs like "Gold Watch And Chain" and others written and performed by the descendants of the original Carter trio, including Carlene herself. The disc is her first since 2008's "Stronger" and was produced by Don Was.
Martina McBride -
Martina McBride goes her own way after spending her entire career on RCA. This is a covers album with songs including "Suspicious Minds" and "To Know Him Is to Love Him."
Emmylou Harris -
Wrecking Ball (reissue)
Emmylou Harris' well received 1996 disc, "Wrecking Ball," gets reissued as a three-CD set including the remastered original album, a bonus CD of previously unreleased material and a DVD of the documentary "Building the Wrecking Ball."
April 1, 2014
Nickel Creek -
A Dotted Line
Nickel Creek - mandolinist Chris Thile, fiddler Sara Watkins, and guitarist Sean Watkins - is back together since going on hiatus in 2007. This also marks the band's 25th year. The trio released 10 songs, including covers of Sam Phillips' "Where Is Love Now" and Mother Mother's "Hayloft."
Carrie Newcomer -
A Permanent Life
Carrie Newcomer returns with her first new studio album in three years.
The Infamous Stringdusters -
Let It Go
The Infamous Stringdusters - Andy Hall (Dobro), Andy Falco (guitar), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle) and Travis Book (upright bass) - return with its fifth studio disc. The band is self-releasing the disc.
Josh Thompson -
Turn It Up
Josh Thompson makes his label debut after previous success with "Beer on the Table" and "Way Out Here." The disc contains 10 songs, including the single "Cold Beer with Your Name on It." This is Thompson's second album. He released "Way Out Here" in 2010.
Dan + Shay -
Where It All Began
New duo Dan + Shay release their debut disc. The first single is the hit "19 You + Me." Dan Smyers co-produced with Scott Hendricks. Shay is Shay Mooney of Natural Dam, Ark. The pair met one year ago at a party.
Various Artists -
Working Man's Poet: A Tribute To Merle Haggard
March 25, 2014
Jerrod Niemann -
Jerrod Niemann mixes country and rap among other styles on this 13-song CD produced by Niemann and Jimmie Lee Sloas. COlt Ford helps out on the closing "She's Fine."
Johnny Cash -
Out Among the Stars
Johnny Cash is long gone, but somehow unreleased music keeps being discovered. This consists of 12 Cash recordings discovered by his son, John Carter Cash, in 2012. The original recordings were augmented. June Carter Cash and Waylon Jennings are among those who were part of the proceedings.
March 18, 2014
Dex Romweber Duo -
Dex Romweber Duo consists of brother and sister Dex and Sara Romweber. The disc contains a dozen songs and covers country, blues and rootsy sounds. Dex Romweber was once upon a time in the psycho-surf-rockabilly-garage-punk combo Flat Duo Jets.
Jo Dee Messina -
Jo Dee Messina goes out on her own for her album. She left Curb to form her own label and started a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds. The first single was "Peace Sign." The disc contains 11 tracks.
Ronnie Milsap -
Summer Number Seventeen
Ronnie Milsap is united once again with the Sony Music family, eight years since his last record for RCA Nashville (2006's "My Life") and four decades since his 1973 label debut, the Top 5 country album "Where My Heart Is." The new disc covers Milsap's favorites, from pop standards ("It s All in the Game," "Mack the Knife") to early rock and roll classics ("Mustang Sally," "Personality," "Tears on My Pillow") and R&B ("Georgia on My Mind," made famous by Milsap's idol Ray Charles, and Motown classic "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted"). The album is bookended by the newly-written title track and a new recording of Milsap's number one hit from 1985, "Lost in the Fifties Tonight."
March 11, 2014
Dave Adkins -
Nothing to Lose
This is the first solo disc for Dave Adkins,who is with the bluegrass band Dave Adkins and Republik Steele. Edgar Loudermilk, Jeff Autry, Wayne Benson, Jason Davis and Justen Haynes help out.
Don Williams -
The Gentle Giant, aka Don Williams, co-produced his latest with Garth Fundis. The disc contains songs written by Jesse Winchester, Merle Haggard and Townes Van Zant. The first single is "I'll Be Here in the Morning."
Sara Evans -
Slow Me Down
(Sony Music Nashville)
Sara Evans opts for a more glossy and pop sound on her latest, which contains 11 songs she helped produce with Mark Bright. Vince Gill helps out on "Better Off." Isaac Slade of The Fray and Gavin DeGraw also lending a helping voice.
Luke Bryan -
Spring Break 6 - Like We Ain't Ever
An annual rite of spring has been a good time, party atmosphere EP from Luke Bryan. This one contains six songs including "The Sand I Brought to the Beach."
March 4, 2014
Eli Young Band -
Eli Young Band releases its second disc for the label with the hit "Drunk Last Night" leading the way. The disc contains 11 songs and was produced by Justin Niebank, Frank Liddell and the band.
Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs -
All Her Fault
East Sussex, U.K.-born Holly Golightly and Texas-born Lawyer Dave (he is The Brokeoffs) have lived in rural Georgia, putting a folksy spin on their punk-rock, blues, r&b, country, skiffle and Texas rock 'n' roll roots. The pair recorded the dozen songs at their home studio. Golightly has recorded music since 1994.
Various Artists -
Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration Deluxe Edition (CD/DVD)
This is CD/DVD of the 1992 concert at Madison Square Garden to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Dylan's first Columbia album.
Drive-By Truckers -
Two decades on, Drive-By Truckers carry on their brand of rock, roots and heavy honky tonk.
David Nail -
I'm a Fire
Missouri native David Nail releases his third album.
Rod Melancon -
This is the second disc from the Louisiana-born, Los Angeles-based singer, who mines rootsy territory.
February 28, 2014
The 23 String Band -
Bangin' and Clangin'
The 23 String Band from Kentucky release a five-song EP., including two covers and three originals.
Home Free -
Home Free is a five-piece vocal group from Minnesota that won The Sing Off. The disc features original music and songs the group performed on the show including, "Ring Of Fire" (Johnny Cash) and a Hunter Hayes medley featuring "I Want Crazy" from the show's finale. Adam Rupp is a vocal percussionist, Austin Brown and Rob Lundquist are tenors, Chris Rupp is a baritone, and Tim Foust provides the bass.
February 25, 2014
Mountain Minstrelsy of Pennsylvania
The new disc from Marah can be traced to "Mountain Minstrelsy of Pennsylvania," a book published nearly a century ago as a collection of song lyrics gathered in the mountains of Pennsylvania by Henry Shoemaker, a folklorist. Marah members David Bielanko and Christine Smith got wind of the book with some lyrics and song fragments after leaving Brooklyn to rural central Pennsylvania. Bielanko and Smith wrote new music and reworked lyrics, putting together an analog studio in an old church in Millheim, Pa. and recruting a band to tackle the recordings.
Dierks Bentley -
Dierks Bentley releases his seventh disc with a dozen songs. The lead single "Bourbon in Kentucky," includes Kacey Musgraves on backing vocals, but only went to 45 on Billboard. The second single, "I Hold On," was penned by Bentley and Brett James.
February 18, 2014
Cole Swindell -
Cole Swindell releases his debut CD, which includes the hit "Chillin' It." The Georgia native wrote several songs for Bryan's "Spring Break" EPs as well as cuts for Thomas Rhett, Scotty McCreery, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Young and Craig Campbell.
Ralph Stanley and Ralph Stanley II -
Side By Side
Ralph Stanley II was a long-time member of his father's band, but now the two are joining forces for their own set of music together. Co-produced by tRalph II and John Rigsby, a former member of the elder Stanley's Clinch Mountain Boys band, the CD contains 14 new and traditional songs, including those of A. P. Carter, Charlie Monroe, Albert Brumley and Ernest Tubb and two Ralph Stanley originals-as well as samples of Stanley's a cappella and clawhammer banjo stylings. Two of the musicians who back the Stanleys - fiddler and mandolinist Rigsby and banjoist Steve Sparkman - are from the 2002 Grammy-winning edition of the Clinch Mountain Boys.
Will Kimbrough -
Americana artist Will Kimbrough releases a dozen songs on his latest. This is his first disc since 2009's "Wings."
Lydia Loveless -
Ohio native Lydia Loveless releases her third disc for Bloodshot, including an EP out last year.
February 11, 2014
Rod Picott -
Hang Your Hopes On A Crooked Nail
Picott, a former construction worker who hung up his tools when he released his debut CD in 2000, has self-released six albums overall. 'Hang Your Hopes On A Crooked Nail', produced by RS Field [Billy Joe Shaver, Justin Townes Earle, Hayes Carll], was recorded at Middletree Studios in East Nashville.
Irene Kelley -
Irene Kelley, who has gained success as a songwriter, goes the bluegrass route on her latest. Mark Fain produced the dozen songs with hep from heavyweights like Bryan Sutton, Stuart Duncan and Adam Steffey.
Frankie Ballard -
Sunshine and Whiskey
Frankie Ballard releases his second disc, which includes his current hit "Helluva Life."
Eric Church -
Eric Church releases his fourth studio album and extends the boundaries yet again musically. He rocks out hard in the title track opener and also throws in country U2 and Stones sounds. Jay Joyce produced the dozen songs, all of which Church had a hand in writing.
Jamestown Revival -
Jamestown Revival is the do of Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance,w ho grew up together in Magnolia, Texas. they occupy a rootsy sound in line with Mumford & Sons.
February 4, 2014
Eric Paslay -
Newcomer Eric Paslay (Pass-lay) releases his debut disc. Friday Night" which he co-wrote with Rose Falcon and Rob Crosby. The set includes the single Friday Night, which has been featured in weekly ESPN College Football Friday Primetime Broadcasts this fall. The Texas native has co-penned number one singles including Even If It Breaks Your Heart (Eli Young Band), Barefoot Blue Jean Night (Jake Owen) and Angel Eyes (Love & Theft), and helped write the title track of Lady Antebellum's album "Golden."
Girls Guns and Glory -
Traditional Massachusetts country band Girls Guns and Glory releases its fifth album. The group consists of Ward Hayden on vocals/guitar, Paul Dilley on electric and upright bass/piano, Josh Kiggans on drums/percussion, and Chris Hersch on lead guitar/banjo.
Tony Trischka -
Great Big World
Banjo master is "all over the place" on his new CD, he says, including, of course, bluegrass. Among those helping out on the 13 songs are Mike Compton on mandolin, Steve Martin Andy Statman, Noam Pikelny, Andy Statman, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Abigail Washburn and Oteil Burbridge of the Allmans.
Cahalen Morrison & Eli West -
I'll Swing My Hammer With Both My Hands
(Cahalen Morrison & Eli West)
"I'll Swing My Hammer With Both My Hands" is the third album from Cahalen Morrison & Eli West. Tim O'Brien produced the disc on which he also plays mandolin and bouzouki. Brittany Haas, who is in Crooked Still, plays fiddle.
Suzy Bogguss -
Suzy Bogguss named her 1989 debut disc "Somewhere Between" after a song by Merle Haggard. Now she gives The Hag the full tribute treatment on this dozen song set. This is Bogguss' fifth self-released disc, which she funded through a Kickstarter campaign.
Scott H. Biram -
Nothin' But Blood
Scott H. Biram is a one man band on his latest, except for guest vocals on one song and tape delay effects on another. Biram tackles a few blues covers along with "Amazing Grace" and "John the Revelator."
Dirk Powell -
Walking Through Clay
Dirk Powell was a founding member of the Cajun group Balfa Toujours and has been a regularly featured artist in the award-winning BBC series "The Transatlantic Sessions." Powell also tours regularly with Joan Baez, playing seven instruments during each performance.
January 28, 2014
Jason Eady -
Daylight & Dark
Texas artist Jason Eady releases his sixth disc and the follow-up to "AM Heaven," which went top 40. Once again, Kevin Welch is at the controls of the album recorded in Nashville. Eady maintains a traditional country vibe.
Amy Ray -
Amy Ray is one-half of The Indigo Girls, and she goes country with her latest solo effort. Ray recorded live to analog tape last spring at Echo Mountain Studio in Asheville, N.C. The sessions included fiddle, banjo, Dobro, pedal steel, guitar, mandolin, bass and drums gathered round a few microphones. Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon, Heather McEntire (Mt. Moriah, Merge Records), Kelly Hogan and Susan Tedeschi help out.
Laura Cantrell -
No Way There From Here
New York-based, Tennessee-born Laura Cantrell releases a dixc of a dozen songs. She co-produced the music with Mark Nevers.
Rhonda Vincent -
Rhonda Vincent releases a two-CD set of country and bluegrass music. Each disc - one is strictly bluegrass and the other country - contain six songs apiece with different musicians used on each. Willie Nelson and Daryle Singletary both sing on the bluegrass disc.
The Farewell Drifters -
Nashville-based band The Farewell Drifters are out with its third release and first for Compass. The ban occupy some of the same turf as Mumford and Sons and The Lumineers.
January 21, 2014
Ray Benson -
A Little Piece
Ray Benson, lead singer of Asleep at the Wheel, returns with his first solo disc in nine years. Willie Nelson is duet partner on one track. Members of Austin newgrass band Milkdrive and Latino rockers Del Castillo have cameo roles. Benson co-produced the disc himself, helped by his son Sam Lightning Seifert and Lloyd Maines.
Eric Brace and Karl Straub -
Eric Brace and Karl Straub tell a tale of the California Gold Rush featuring performances by Kelly Willis, Tim O'Brien, Darrell Scott, Jason Ringenberg, Andrea Zonn, and John Wesley Harding (Wesley Stace). In the story, two young lovers, Betsy and Ike, leave their Missouri home for California during the Gold Rush. The piece is based on the song "Sweet Betsy from Pike," which Brace heard in his youth growing up in California. This record has been in the works for almost a decade, often on the back burner as Brace had his band Last Train Home and his duo Eric Brace & Peter Cooper.. Straub was active in Washington D.C. with his bands The Graverobbers and The Karl Straub Combo, and getting degrees in composition and music education from Howard University. But every few months they'd go on a writing spree and add another chapter to the lives of Betsy and Ike.
The Sacred Shakers -
The Sacred Shakers recorded this live set at The Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, Mass. on Jan. 24, 2013. The disc contains 14 songs. Eilen Jewell, Daniel Fram, Greg Glassman, Eric Royer and Jason Beek take lead vocals for the band, which also includes Jerry Miller on electric guitar, Daniel Kellar on violin and Johnny Sciascia on upright bass.
Blue Highway -
Bluegrass band Blue Highway celebrates its 20th year with this disc. The original personnel from the band (which formed in 1994) remains intact - Shawn Lane, Tim Stafford, Rob Ickes, Jason Burleson and Wayne Taylor. The band produced the 12 songs.