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March 31, 2017

Rodney Crowell - Close Ties (New West)
Rodney Crowell releases his first CD since "Tarpaper Sky." He gets help from ex-wife Rosanne Cash and Willie Nelson harmonica player Mickey Raphael on the disc along with Sheryl Crow.

March 10, 2017

Marty Stuart - Way Out West (Superlatone)
Marty Stuart releases his 18th studio disc a paean to the American West, specifically California. Backed his band The Superlatones, Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers fame, produced. , "Whole Lotta Highway (With A Million Miles To Go)" is the first single.

March 3, 2017

Guy Clark - The King of the Texas Troubadours (Dualtone)
Texas singer/songwriter Guy Clark died on May 17, 2016, and this retrospective takes music from his last three studio albums, "Workbench Songs" (2006), "Somedays the Song Writes You" (2009) and "My Favorite Picture of You" (2013). Three previously unreleased songs - demo tracks - are included: "Just to Watch Maria Dance," "The Last Hobo," co-written with Hal Ketchum, and "Time," written with Marty Stuart. The collection also contains songs from 2011's live CD "Songs and Stories."

February 24, 2017

Little Big Town - The Breaker (Capitol)

February 17, 2017

Alison Krauss - Windy City (Capitol)
Alison Krauss goes the solo route for the first time in 18 years with "Windy City." Stepping away from Union Station, the album features Krauss performing 10 classic songs that she selected with producer Buddy Cannon. This marks Krauss' first for Capitol after spending her entire career with Rounder. She last released "Paper Airplanes" with her Union Station band in 2011.

February 10, 2017

Brett Young - Brett Young (Big Machine)
Brett Young makes his debut after having released an EP last year. He has enjoyed a hit with "Sleep Without You."

Darin & Brooke Aldridge - Faster and Farther (Mountain Home)
Darin and Brooke Aldridge have been together for eight years in music and marriage. They co-produced this 12-track disc. Vince Gill, John Cowan, Pat Flynn, Shad Cobb, Barry Bales and Tim Surrett are among those helping out. Carl Jackson helped write three of the songs on the release. The Aldridges also cover Ian Tyson's "Someday Soon."

Nikki Lane - Highway Queen (New West)

February 3, 2017

LeAnn Rimes - Remnants (RCA)
LeAnn Rimes releases her first CD for RCA after having been with Curb. Her 13th album includes Brandi Carlile's hit "The Story." Rimes had a hand in writing 10 of the 13 songs on the release. The disc came out in Europe in October 2016.

Reba McEntire - Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope (Nash Icon Records/Capitol Christian Music Group.)
Reba goes the religious route in a two-CD set. One features traditional Christian songs, including "I'll Fly Away," "Oh Happy Day" and Amazing Grace." The second contains songs of recent vintage including "I Got the Lord on My Side," which McEntire helped write.

January 27, 2017

Brigitte Demeyer/Will Kimbrough - Mockingbird Soul ( Self-released)
Brigitte Demeyer and Will Kimbrough have carved out careers in their own rites and toured together, but this marks their first release together. They wrote all but 2 of the 12 songs together. Kimbrough has recorded or toured with RodneyCrowell, Kim Richey, Gretchen Peters and Marshall Chapman. Wood Brother's Oliver and Chris Wood contribute on the new disc, which has a bluesy sheen.

Lauren Alaina - Road Less Traveled (19 Recordings/Arista Nashville)
Lauren Alaina finally releases her sophomore disc. Her debut, "Wildflower," came out in October 2011. She was a runner-up on American Idol in its 10th year in 2011. The Georgia native had a hand in writing all 12 tracks, including the title track with Meghan Trainor, on the busbee-produced release. . The song is on the charts.

Tift Merritt - Stitch of the World (Yep Roc)
Tift Merritt releases her sixth album, which was recoded at a friend's farm in Marfa, Texas, her cabin in California and New York City. She recorded the disc in Los Angeles while six months pregnant and then relocated to her hometown of Raleigh, N.C.

Brantley Gilbert - The Devil Don't Sleep (Big Machine)
Brantley Gilbert, who has penned hits for himself and Jason Aldean, is out with his third CD. The regular version contains 16 songs, while an expanded, deluxe version, has 10 more. Previously unreleased tracks on the deluxe version are "You Promised" and "I've Been There Before."

January 13, 2017

The Infamous Stringdusters - Laws of Gravity (Compass)
The Infamous Stringdusters return with a 13-song set after recording an album last year with female singers and going on the road with NIcki Bluhm.

Natalie Hemby - Puxico (GoWrucke)
Natalie Hemby has made a name for herself as a songwriter, particularly for Miranda Lambert, for whom she has written a slew of songs. She's also penned material for Lady Antebellum, Lee Ann Womack, Little Big Town and Toby Keith. At 39, this is the Missouri native's first solo disc.

Ray Cardwell - Tennessee Moon (Pinecastle)
Ray Cardwell makes his label debut in a disc produced by Pat Flynn of New Grass Revival. Cardwell genre hops from bluegrass to country to reggae.

December 9, 2016

Wildfire - Rented Room on Broadway (Pinecastle)
Bluegrass band Wildfire releases its fifth disc, merging into country into their sound. The band produced the dozen-song set.

Blue Mafia - The Hanging Tree (Pinecastle)
"Hanging Tree" is the band's second release on the North Carolina record label. "Pray For Rain" was released in 2015. Blue Mafia's independently released debut album, "My Cold Heart," was out in 2013. The Indiana band was founded in 2011 by husband and wife Dara Wray (mando, vocals and songwriting) and Tony Wray (guitar, vocals). Mike Gregory on bass, Kent Todd on fiddle and vocals with the recent addition of Curtis Bumgarner on banjo round out the group.

Trent Harmon - Trent Harmon (Dot)
Trent Harmon, who was on season 15 of American Idol, puts out an EP, including covers of Sia's "Chandelier" and Justin Timberlake's "Drink You Away."

December 2, 2016

Kane Brown - Kane Brown (RCA Nashville)
Kane Brown makes his debut after releasing an EP., "Chapter 1." He merges bro country and more straighrforward country. The Georgia native first gained a following on the internet.

November 25, 2016

Gillian Welch - Boots No. 1: The Official Revival Bootleg (Acony)
Gillian Welch offers alternate versions, outtakes, demos and live recordings from her "Revival" debut, which came out in 1996 to very positive reviews. The original, produced by T Bone Burnett, contains 10 songs. The expanded version has 21.

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.

Robert Earl Keen - Live Dinner Reunion (Dualtone)
Robert Earl Keen goes live at John T. Floore Country Store in Helotes, Texas where h e recorded a live album, "No. 2 Live Dinner," in 1990. Lyle Lovett and Joe Ely were on hand to help out.

Olivia Lane - Olivia Lane (Big Spark)
Olivia Lane releases a deluxe version of her debut EP, which came out in July. The deluxe version two extra songs, including Lane's take on Brenda Lee's "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree." Ilya Toshinskiy produced the nine-song set with Lane having a hand in writing seven of the songs.

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.

Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem - Wintersong (Signature Sounds)
Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem present a holiday-themed disc, although many of the songs are far from familiar in this 13-song set. The group covers The Pretenders' "2,000 Miles."

November 17, 2016

The Piedmont Melody Makers - Wonderful World Outside (Vigortone)
The Piedmont Melody Makers are a quartet consisting of Chris Brashear, Alice Gerrard, Cliff Hale and Jim Watson. All handle lead and harmony vocals, in addition to other instruments. The 16-song release is a mixture of originals, traditional songs and covers.

November 11, 2016

Rhonda Vincent - All the Rage Volume One (Upper Management)
Rhonda Vincent and the Rage go the live route on this 14-song release, which they recorded at Bethel University in McKenzie, Tenn. The Rage includes Hunter Berry on fiddle, Kent Burke on Dobro, Mickey Harris on bass, Josh Williams on acoustic guitar and Aaron McDaris on banjo.

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.

Home Free - Full of (Even More) Cheer (Columbia)
A capella band Home Free reprises their 2014 holiday album, which features a few different songs and one new band member.

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."

November 4, 2016

Pert Near Sandstone - Discovery of Honey ( Self-released)
Pert Near iSandstones a quintet that released this dozen-song disc. The band is mandolin/fiddler Nate Sipe, banjoist and lead vocalist Kevin Kniebel, guitarist J Lenz, bassist Justin Bruhn and clog and fiddler Matt Cartier. Ryan Young, who spent much of the past decade performing with Trampled By Turtles, mixed and co-produced.

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, his 10th overall in two decades.

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

The Harmed Brothers - A Lovely Conversation (Fluff & Gravy)
The Harmed Brothers, an Americana-based band out of Portland, Ore., releases its fourth album, a seven-song CD that presages a full-length slated for early 2017 release.

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.

The Good Intentions - The Long Unbroken Line (Tres Pescadores)
Winners of the British Country Music award, The Good Intentions - Peter Davies and Gabrielle Monk from Liverpool, England - are releasing their fourth album for the California label. Produced by Rick Shea and recorded in Burbank Cal., the disc features local musicians Shea, David P Jackson, Don Heffington and Brantley Kearns. The duo combines 10 originals and one traditional song.

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.