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December 2, 2016

Kane Brown - Kane Brown (RCA Nashville)
Kane Brown makes his debut after releasing an EP.

November 25, 2016

Garth Brooks - Gunslinger (Pearl)
Garth Brooks releases his 11th studio album. The set includes the single "Baby, Let's Lay Down And Dance." The disc is a mix of honky tonkers, some rock, even a bit of reggae in one song. Trisha Yearwood helps out on one song.

November 18, 2016

High Valley - Dear Life (Warner Nashville)
High Valley is a pop-country duo comprised of brothers Brad and Curtis Rempel. Their debut includes lead single "Make You Mine" and "I Be U Be." The Rempels grew up on a farm in the remote rural community of La Crete, Alberta, Canada. This is their first U.S. release and fifth album overall. Their Canadian releases were geared to a Christian music market.

George Strait - Strait Out of the Box, Part 2 (MCA Nashville)
George Strait releases the follow-up to his hugely successful "Strait Out of the Box" from 1995. The new disc, a Wal-Mart exclusive, contains two new songs plus material from 1996-2016.

Miranda Lambert - The Weight of These Wings (Sony Music Nashville)
Miranda Lambert releases her sixth album, the first since "Platinum" in 2014. "Vice" is the first single from the new album. Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf, and Eric Masse produced the 24-song set on which Lambert had a hand in writing 20 of the 214 songs.

November 11, 2016

Rhonda Vincent - All the Rage, Vol. One (Upper Management)
Rhonda Vincent and The Rage go live at Bethel University in McKenzie, Tenn. During the 60-minute concert setting, Vincent is accompanied by her band, which includes Hunter Berry (fiddle), Brent Burke (resophonic guitar), Mickey Harris (bass), Aaron McDaris (banjo), and Josh Williams (guitar).

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood - Christmas Together (Pearl)
Husband-and-wife Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood release their first disc together, a holiday affair. Each sings solo, while also playing duetting on others. James Taylor lends his voice as well.

Sideline - Colors & Crossroads (Mountain Fever)
Bluegrass band Sideline releases its third CD for the label. The band consists of Steve Dilling (banjo and guitar), Skip Cherryholms (guitar), Brian Aldridge (mandolin), Nathan Aldridge (fiddle), Brad Hudson (Dobro), and Jason Moore (bass) on this 12-track album.

Balsam Range - Mountain Voodoo (Mountain Home)
The bluegrass band Balsam Range offers its sixth release, throwing country into the mix. The band formed in 2007 in Haywood County, N.C. The band won the 2014 IBMA Entertainer of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year.

Ronnie Dunn - Tattooed Heart (Big Machine)
Ronnie Dunn, of Brooks & Dunn fame, makes his label debut. Among the songs are "She Don't Honky Tonk No More."

Various Artists - The Life and Songs of Emmylou Harris (Rounder)
"The Life and Songs of Emmylou Harris" is taken from a tribute concert in Washington, D.C. in January 2015. Allison Krauss, Kris Kristofferson, Lee Ann Womack, Martina McBride, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill and Harris were among the performers of such songs as "Two More Bottles of Wine" and "Born to Run."

October 28, 2016

Kenny Chesney - Cosmic Hallelujah (Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville)
Kenny Chesney releases his 17th studio album. The first single was "Noise," which reached 14 on the charts. The follow-up single was "Setting the World on Fire," a song that also features pop singer Pink.

Cole Swindell - Down Home Sessions III (Warner Nashville)
Cole Swindell releases his third "Down Home Sessions III," a five-song EP. The songs are "You've Got My Number," "Does It Hurt," "Six Pack Lines," "Chevrolet DJ" and "Wildlife."

Brett Eldredge - Glow (Atlantic Nashville)
Brett Eldredge goes the crooning route on his first holiday disc. Eldredge goes for the traditional holiday songs on the release along with one original. A deluxe version contains 13 songs, while the regular version has 10.

Various Artists - Highway Prayer, A Tribute to Adam Carroll (Eight 30)
Texas singer/songwriter Adam Carroll receives the tribute treatment from the likes of James McMurtry, Hayes Carll, Slaid Cleaves, Band of Heathens, Walk Wilkins and Mando Saenz. Carroll himself contributes the closing track, "My Only Good Shirt."

Aaron Lee Tasjan - Silver Tears (New West Records)
Aaron Lee Tasjan, a Cincinnati musician, who has played with the New York Dolls and was in Semi Precious Weapons, releases his third full-length disc and first for New West. He combines a variety of sounds from John Lennon to country. Eli Thompson produced the dozen-song disc in Irvine, Cal.

Wayne Hancock - Slingin' Rhythm (Bloodshot)
Wayne "the Train" Hancock releases his first album since 2013's "Ride." The Texan merges, swing, jazz, country and blues sounds on this set.

Jennifer Nettles - To Celebrate Christmas (Big Machine)
Jennifer Nettles, who has launched a solo career, while on break from Sugarland, releases her first holiday disc. Julian Raymond, who produced Glenn Campbell in recent years, produced the 10-song set comprised of standards.

Kip Moore - Underground (Universal)
Kip Moore is out with a five-song EP with three of the songs recorded live on the road. Moore had a hand in writing all five of the songs.

Kacey Musgraves - Very Kacey Christmas (Mercury)
Kacey Musgraves releases her first holiday disc. Willie Nelson helps out on a "Willie Nice Christmas." Dallas soul singer Leon Bridges helps out on "Present Without a Bow."

October 21, 2016

Rascal Flatts - The Greatest Gift of All (Big Machine)
Rascal Flatts releases a 10-song holiday disc, most of them well-known versions of Christmas classics. The set includes "A Strange Way To Save The World," a reflective song originally recorded by 4Him.

Exile - Wrapped up in your arms for Christmas (Big Horse)
Veteran country band Exile mixes originals ("Merry Christmas from Cancun") with tried-and-true holiday fare ("Silent Night" and "Little Drummer Boy") on its 10-song holiday disc.

October 14, 2016

Various Artists - Christmas on the Lam and Other Songs from the Season (Red House)
Red House Records put out an elcle tic dozen-song holiday disc featuring everyone from Rock N Roll Hall of Famer Jorma Kaukonen to Red Hot Mama Davina & The Vagabonds to Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams to raw acoustic bluesman Charlie Parr to a modern-day spiritual from The Wailin' Jennys to honky tonker Dale Watson & His Lonestars.

Various Artists - Feel Like Going Home The Songs of Charlie Rich (Memphis International)
The late Charlie Rich receives tribute from the likes of Jim Lauderdale, Shooter Jennings, WIll Kimbrough and Charlie Rich Jr. The 13 songs tend to have a bluesy feel. The disc was recorded at Sam Phillips' Recording Studios in Memphis, which is where Rich recorded.

Steve Earle - Guitar Town (MCA Nashville/UMe)
Steve Earle's debut, "Guitar Town," is remastered for the 30th anniversary of its release. Also included is a 19-song live performance from the Park West in Chicago.

Chris Young - It Must Be Christmas (RCA Nashville)
Chris Young releases his first holiday disc and sixth overall. Several originals are on the release, which he co-produced with Corey Crowder.

Blackberry Smoke - Like An Arrow (Three Legged/Thirty Tigers)
Since their debut in 2001, Blackberry Smoke, a 5-piece band consisting of Charlie Starr (lead vocals, guitar), Richard Turner (bass, vocals), Brit Turner (drums), Paul Jackson (guitar, vocals), and Brandon Still (keyboards), has released four full-length studio albums, including their most recent, 2015's "Holding All the Roses," which debuted in first on the Billboard Country Albums chart and eight on the Billboard Rock Albums chart.

Larry Stephenson - Weep Little Willow (Whisper Dream)
Larry Stephenson Band sticks to their roots on this collection, which includes Bill Anderson's "Nail My Shoes to the Floor."

October 7, 2016

Mo Pitney - Behind This Guitar (Curb)
Mo Pitney releases his debut album, which contains a dozen songs. Among them are his debut single,"Country," " Boy And A Girl Thing," "Clean Up On Aisle Five," which earned a standing ovation as his first song performed on the Grand Ole Opry and the single "Everywhere." The Illinois native pays tribute on "I Met Merle Haggard Haggard Today."

Michael Cleveland - Fiddler's Dream (Compass)
Fiddler extraordinaire records a new with some friends, but it's not his backing band Flamekeeper. Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Jeff White and Barry Bales help out on the 13-song set.

Tucker Beathard - Fight Like Hell (Big Machine)
Tucker Beathard releases a six-song EP following on the heels of the success of his single "Rock On." He had a hand in writing all of the songs. Beathard is the son of songwriter Casey Beathard.

Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms - Innnocent Road ( Self-released)
Portland, Ore.-based artists Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms joined forces for this disc, their second, mixing old and new country. Klauder was part of the Foghorn Stringband. He met Willms in 2009 at the National Old-Time Fiddle Contest in Weiser, Idaho. Willms hails from eastern Washington, where she grew up on a wheat farm with a family band that sang old county songs for the surrounding community. She formed a roving honky-tonk band and a string band of her own when she lived in Bellingham, Wash. She also plays in his touring band.

Sylvia - It's All in the Family (Red Pony)
Former ACM winner Sylvia Hutton, aka Sylvia, releases her first disc in 14 years. With the release of Sylvia's second RCA album, "Just Sylvia," the single "Nobody" sold two million copies and was number 1 on all country music charts. It was awarded BMI "Song of the Year" for receiving the most radio airplay in 1983. "Nobody" also reached 13 as a crossover hit on Billboard's Top 100 chart and spent a total of 52 weeks on both charts. Recording for RCA until the end of 1987, Sylvia recorded 6 albums and garnered 13 Top 10 and number 1 songs, selling over 4 million records. Sylvia records for her own independent record label, Red Pony Records and has released three CDs, "The Real Story" (1996), "Where In The World" (2002), and "A Cradle In Bethlehem" (2002) prior to the new CD. She produced it along with John Mock..

Shovels and Rope - Little Seeds (New West)
Shovels & Rope - husband-and-wife duo Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst - make their label debut. Trent produced the 13-songs of rough hewn Americana.The disc was recorded during a time when Hearst was pregnant, Trent's father was diagnosed with Alzheimers and the unexpected death of a very close friend. B01HE3JG7S

Brent Cobb - Shine on Rainy Day (Low County Sounds/Elektra)
Brent Cobb has made inroads already as a songwriter as he had songs covered by Luke Bryan, Kellie Pickler, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town. This is his third release overall. He also had a song on cousin Dave Cobb's "Southern Family" compilation disc.

Jackie Bristow - Shot of Gold (Montana Music)
New Zealand singer Jackie Bristow releases her fourth album.

Loretta Lynn - White Christmas Blue (Sony Legacy)
Loretta Lynn's first collection of seasonal songs since 1966 (and her second release this year for Legacy), "White Christmas Blue" offers a dozen songs including new versions of two original compositions ("Country Christmas" and "To Heck with Ole Santa Claus"), which first appeared on "Country Christmas"; soulful interpretations of traditional carols ("Away in a Manger," "O Come All Ye Faithful," "Silent Night"); contemporary takes on seasonal pop standards ("Winter Wonderland," "Frosty the Snowman," "Jingle Bells," "White Christmas") and the title track. The album concludes with a recitation of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas." Lynn released "Full Circle" in March.

September 30, 2016

Mandolin Orange - Blindfaller (Yep Roc)
Mandolin Orange releases its third disc for Yep Roc and utilizes a band this time around. Mandolin Orange is a North Carolina duo comprised of Emily Frantz (fiddle/vocals) and Andrew Marlin. With a band, they recorded 10 songs over a one-week period.

Bob Weir - Blue Mountain (Sony Legacy)
Bob Weir of Grateful Dead fame releases his first solo album of original material in 30 years. Weir, who co-produced with Josh Kaufman, maintains a country, roots vibe on the dozen songs. Weir wrote songs with Josh Ritter, while The National's guitarists Aaron and Bryce Dessner and bassist Scott Devendorf contribute.

Dex Romweber - Carrboro (Bloodshot)
Dex Romweber takes a bluesy, raw feel on his latest. Romweber was once one-half of the Flat Duo Jets. The new disc has 13 songs

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Circlin' Back: Celebrating 50 Years (NGDB/Warner)
Recorded live at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Friends captures the band joined onstage by John Prine, Sam Bush, Vince Gill, Jerry Jeff Walker, Alison Krauss, Rodney Crowell, Byron House, and Jerry Douglas. Early Dirt Band member Jackson Browne joined in, along with longtime member Jimmy Ibbotson. Jeff Hanna (guitars/vocals), Jimmie Fadden (drums/harmonica/vocals), Bob Carpenter (keyboards/accordion/vocals) and John McEuen (banjo/fiddle/guitar/mandolin) comprise the band. The CD consists of 18 songs with the DVD including 19.

John Prine - For Better, Or Worse (Oh Boy)
John Prine releases a 14-song disc with female counterparts on every song except the closer, "Just Waitin'." Among those helping out are Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Iris Dement, Holly Williams and Allison Krauss.

Luke Winslow-King - I'm Glad Trouble Don't Last Always (Bloodshot)
New Orleans-based musician Luke Winslow-King releases his third disc for the Chicago label, Bloodshot. The disc was penned and recorded while Winslow-King and his newly formed band were on a summer tour of Italy in 2015. Winslow-King mixes blues and country.

John McEuen - Made in Brooklyn (Chesky)
John McEuen of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band fame releases a 16-song disc or instrumentals, covers and originals. Among those helping out are David Bromberg, David Amram, Steve Martin, John Cowan and John Carter Cash. The music was recorded with a single microphone.

Jim Lauderdale - This Changes Everything (Sky Crunch)
Jim Lauderdale is in a highly productive period with many releases in the past two years. this release contains 11 songs and was produced by Tommy Detamore. The release is a tribute to Texas songwriters and include the hit Lauderdale helped pen for George Strait, "We Really Shouldn't Be Doing This."

William Michael Morgan - Vinyl (Warner Nashville)
William Michael Morgan releases his full-length debut after putting out an EP earlier this year. The Mississippi native, who has a traditional sound, has enjoyed radio play with "I Met a Girl."

September 23, 2016

Luke Bryan - Farm Tour...Here's to the Farmer (Capitol)
Luke Bryan releases an EP related to his annual farm tour of the south. Bryan has an enjoyed a history of releasing EPs - this is his eighth - but most focused on his "Spring Break" series.

Reckless Kelly - Sunset Motel (No Big Deal)
Long-running Texas quintet Reckless Kelly celebrates its 20th anniversary with this 13-song release. The band, which combines roots, rock and country influences, won a Grammy Award for Best Recording Package for its 2013 release, "Long Night Moon."

Dwight Yoakam - Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars... (Sugar Hill)
Dwight Yoakam goes bluegrass in making his debut for Sugar Hill. Yoakam assembled a band of bluegrass players to reinterpret 11 favorites from his catalogue. This project was produced by nine-time Grammy winner Gary Paczosa (Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton), Jon Randall (songwriter of "Whiskey Lullaby") and Yoakam, recorded at both Southern Ground Studio in Nashville and Capitol Records Studio B in Los Angeles and mixed by Chris Lord Alge. Nine-time international Bluegrass Music Association Guitar Player of the Year Bryan Sutton, Grammy winner Stuart Duncan on fiddle and banjo, 14-time Grammy winner Barry Bales on bass, Adam Steffey on mandolin (Alison Krauss), and Scott Vestal on banjo (Sam Bush) all played on the CD.

September 16, 2016

Elijah Ford & the Bloom - As You Were (Nine Mile)
Elijah Ford & The Bloom is an Austin-based band consisting of Ford, bassist Jesse Ebaugh and guitarist Ricky Ray Jackson. The disc combines a hard-edge pop rock feel and country elements.

The Walcotts - Let the Devil Win (Local Hero)
Th Walcotts are a nine-piece LA band that mix rootsy sounds along with soul, blues and R&B. Band member Tom Cusimano produced the dozen-song disc.

Amanda Shires - My Piece of Land (Silver Knife)
Fiddle player Amanda Shires releases her fifth solo disc, a 10-song effort that clocks in at just under 35 minutes. Shires recorded the disc just after the birth of her daughter with husband Jason Isbell. Dave Cobb of Chris Stapleton fame produced.

The Devil Makes Three - Redemption & Ruin (New West)
The Devil Makes Three offers a covers disc neatly divided between songs about "redemption" and the other batch about "ruin." Among the writers covered are bluesmen Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters along with Kris Kristofferson, Ralph Stanley and Tom Waits.

Aaron Lewis - Sinner (Dot)
Hard rocking Staind front man Aaron Lewis returns with an 11-song set. Willie Nelson sings on the title cut, the opening track. Buddy Cannon (George Strait, Merle Haggard, George Jones) produced and recorded over 16 hours at Nashville's Blackbird Studios.

Carrie Newcomer - The Beautiful Not Yet (Available Light)
Folk-oriented singer Carrie Newcomer releases a dozen-song disc. Jayme Stone produced and also plays banjo. Newcomer recorded the album in Bloomington, Ind. She wrote the songs over the past three years.

Jesse Dayton - The Revealer (Blue Elan)
Texas veteran Jesse Dayton keeps it on the harder core side with edge. Songs include "Daddy Was a Badass" and "Eatin' Crow and Drinkin' Sand." This is Dayton's recording, most of which was recorded live in Houston where Dayton made his first recording at age 18.

The Handsome Family - Unseen (Virtual)
The husband-and-wife duo, Brett and Rennie Sparks, who comprise The Handsome Family release their 10th disc. They recorded the music in their home studio in New Mexico. The Sparks have released 10 albums since 1995's "Odessa."

September 13, 2016

Joe K. Walsh - Borderland (Skinny Elephant Music)
Joe K. Walsh, a professor at Berklee College of Music, also has done time as the mandolinist for The Gibson Brothers. Courtney Hartman of Della Mae, Brittany Haas and Bruce Molsky all help out. Molsky also produced the set.

September 9, 2016

The Time Jumpers - Kid Sister (Rounder)
The Time Jumpers return following the passing of one of their members, Dawn Sears. She is featured on the lead-off song "My San Antonio Rose," a duet with her husband Kenny Sears. Vince Gill takes a chunk of lead vocals.

Chicago Farmer - Midwest Side Stories ( Self-released)
Chicago Farmer, the moniker Bloomington, Ill. resident Cody Diekhoff performs and writes under, releases his seventh album. Subject matter includes songs about hope, depression, job loss, meth, skateboards, a divided nation, used cars, the late shift, farms, factories and the destruction of our environment. Coming from a long line of family farmers and factory workers in central Illinois and growing up in a rural farming community has inspired many songs that are autobiographical in nature.

Whiskey Myers - Mud (Wiggy Thump)
Whiskey Myers brings a Southern rock ethos to its 10-song release.

Blue Highway - Original Traditional (Rounder)
Long-running bluegrass band Blue Highway is back with 12 all-new originals. Shawn Lane, Tim Stafford and Wayne Taylor all handle lead vocals. Jason Burleson plays banjo as well for the group, which also now includes Dobro player Gaven Largent. Jason Burleson remains on banjo.

Trio - The Complete Trio (Rhino)
Trio is Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton. "The Complete Trio" includes their previously recorded discs along with The threesome released two albums together, "Trio" (1987) and "Trio II" (1999). The bonus disc has 20 songs, including alternate takes of album tracks like "I've Had Enough," "Making Plans" and "My Dear Companion." Also featured are 11 unreleased recordings from the trio spanning both album sessions including "Waltz Across Texas Tonight," "Pleasant As May," "Are You Tired of Me," and the gospel standard "Softly And Tenderly." Among the unreleased material is also an alternate version of "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind?" featuring Parton on lead vocals and an a capella version of "Calling All My Children Home."

Jason Aldean - They Don't Know (Broken Bow)
Jason Aldean is back with a 15-song release. "Lights Come on," the lead-off track, is a hit single for Aldean.

Billy Ray Cyrus - Thin Line (Blue Cadillac)
Billy Ray Cyrus gets a bit of family help as Miley helps close out the 15-song set. Shelby Lynne helps out on two songs.

Kenny and Amanda Smith - Unbound (Farm Boy)
Husband-and-wife Kenny and Amanda Smith remain a potent force in bluegrass although they go beyond traditional sounds.