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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 and the 400 Unit - 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.

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

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.

June 16, 2015

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

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.

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.

June 2, 2015

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.

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.

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.

May 26, 2015

John Anderson - Goldmine (Bayou Boys)
John Anderson releases his first album in nine years on his own label. Anderson wrote or co-wrote 12 of the 13 tracks and produced with long-time friend and producer Joe Spivey.

Eilen Jewell - Sundown Over Ghost Town (Signature Sounds)
Eilen Jewell returned to her home state of Idaho from Boston to record her new disc. She describes the disc as being autobiographical.

May 19, 2015

Banditos - Banditos (Bloodshot)
Banditos is originally from Alabama with the sextet now living in Nashville.May Beth Richardson is the lead singer, and she sounds like she's listened to Janis Joplin. Stephen Alan Pierce II and Timothy Steven Corey Parsons also take lead vocals. This is their debut for the label.

The Milk Carton Kids - Monterey (Anti-)
"Monterey" is The Milk Carton Kids' third album and the follow-up to their 2013 breakthrough "The Ash & Clay." The duo won Group of the Year at the 2014 Americana Music Awards. Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan wrote and recorded Monterey on stages - concert halls, churches and theaters across North America - while their ability to randomly toss off a wisecrack or a self-deprecating aside just as easily brings the Smothers Brothers to mind.

Logan Mize - Pawn Shop Guitar - EP (Arista Nashville)
Logan Mize is out with his debut, a four-song EP. Produced by Jim Catino, Ryan Gore, and Mize, the EP was entirely co-written by Mize and includes his current single, "Can't Get way from a Good Time."

Jon Pardi - The B Sides, 2011-2014 (Capitol Nashville)
Jon Pardi has enjoyed some success with his debut disc, "Write You a Song," and now he's back with a six-song EP, "The B Sides, 2011-2014." Pardi co-produced and co-wrote all of the songs.

Kelsea Ballerini - The First Time (Black River)
Kelsea released an EP as a prelude to the full-length. She also has secured a hit single for herself with "Love Me Like You Mean It."

The Malpass Brothers - The Malpass Brothers (Organic)
The Malpass Brothers are Goldsboro, N.C.'s Christopher and Taylor Malpass, who both sing lead and harmony vocals. Doyle Lawson of bluegrass fame produced the traditional country disc. The disc consists mainly of covers of the likes of Willie Nelson ("Hello Walls"), Marty Robbins ("Begging to You") and Hank Williams ("Baby, We're Really in Love")

May 12, 2015

Della Mae - Della Mae (Rounder)
Now down to a quartet, Della Mae brings its brand of country and bluegrass sounds out on its second disc. Celia Woodsmith on vocals and guitar, Kimber Ludiker on fiddle and vocals, Jenni Lyn Gardner on mandolin and vocals and Courtney Hartman on guitar, banjo and vocals comprise the band. Bassist Shelby Means left last year.

Lord Huron - Strange Trails (iamsound)
Lord Huron is really Ben Schneider, a Michigan native, who started off by playing solo, but has gradually added band members. "Strange Trails' is based on dreams Schneider has had.

Jimmy LaFave - The Night Tribe (Music Road)
Jimmy LaFave's latest release includes 13 tracks recorded at Cedar Creek Recording in Austin. The Texas native, 59, has been recording music for more than 35 years.

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell - The Traveling Kind (Nonesuch)
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell are teaming up again for "The Traveling Kind." The disc is the follow-up to 2013's "Old Yellow Moon." Joe Henry produced the 11 songs, 6 of which were penned by Harris and Crowell

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 own with his solo debut. Stapleton often goes bluesy and soulful.

April 28, 2015

Zac Brown Band - Jekyll + Hyde (Southern Ground/John Varvatos Records/Big Machine Label Group/Republic)
Zac Brown Band is off to early success as its single "Homegrown" is its highest charting debut. The band is singer/guitarist Zac Brown, violinist/singer Jimmy De Martini, multi-instrumentalist/singer John Driskell Hopkins, guitarist/organist Coy Bowles, multi-instrumentalist/singer Clay Cook, drummer Chris Fryar, percussionist Daniel de los Reyes and bassist Matt Mangano.

Tyler Farr - Suffer in Peace (Columbia Nashville)
Tyler Farr releases his sophomore disc, which contains the hit "A Guy Walks Into a Bar." Farr, a Missouri native, wrote 3 of the 11 songs.

April 21, 2015

Dean Brody - Gypsy Road (Open Road Recordings)
Canadian country singing star Dean Brody releases his fifth album.

John Moreland - High on Tulsa Heat (Old Omens/Thirty Tigers)
John Moreland is an Oklahoma native, who sounds like he's been spending time in East Nashville, not downtown Nashville. He's in the same vein as Sturgill Simpson on this self-produced disc where he also wrote all of the songs.

Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen - Hold My Beer: Vol. 1 (+180 Records)
This album of 10 songs was 15 years in the making by the friends with Rogers from Texas and LaRue originally from Oklahoma.

April 14, 2015

Reba McEntire - Love Somebody (Nash Icon)
Reba McEntire makes her debut for the Big Machine Label Group's new label geared to veteran artists. The Target deluxe version contains 14 songs, 2 more than the regular version. "Going Out Like That" is the first single. Tony Brown, Doug Sisemore and James Stroud produced along with McEntire.

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 12, 2015

The Kennedys - West ( Self-released)
Husband and wife duo Pete and Maura Kennedy self-produced their latest, a 13-song disc. They recorded the music in New York.This marks their 20th year of recording together and their anniversary.

April 7, 2015

Will Hoge - Small Town Dreams (Cumberland Recordings)
Will Hoge, who has enjoyed success as a songwriter, is out with his 10th release. Hoge is a singer/songwriter, who helped write all 11 songs. He penned two with Gary Allan and one apiece with Chris Stapleton and Eric Paslay.

Pokey LaFarge - Something in the Water (Rounder)
The pride of St. Louis, Pokey LaFarge, makes his label debut. LaFarge, who incorporates old time sounds in his music, co-produced with Jimmy Sutton.

The Boxmasters - Somewhere Down the Road (101 Ranch)
The Boxmasters, the group that includes actor Billy Bob Thornton, finally is releasing new music. "Somewhere Down the Road" is the band's first disc since "Modbilly" in 2009. The group also includes Teddy Andreadis, J.D. Andrew and Brad Davis.

Kristian Bush - Southern Gravity (Streamsound)
Kristian Bush is one-half of Sugarland and releases a solo disc as the band is on hiatus. The disc was co-produced by Bush and Tom Tapley. The first single is "Trailer Hitch."

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

Jon Wolfe - Natural Man (Foolt Hearted)
Jon Wolfe, born in Oklahoma and based in Texas, is a cross between George Strait and Blake Shelton. In other words, he merges a more traditional sound with contemporary flourishes. His 2010 release, "It All Happened in a Honky Tonk," ended up being re-released by Warner Nashville in 2013.

Darius Rucker - Southern Style (Capitol Nashville)
Darius Rucker releases his fifth solo album and fourth in country. Frank Rogers and Keith Stegall produced the disc.

Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem - Violets Are Blue (Signature Sounds)
Randio Arbo & daisy mayhem return with a disc that goes well beyond her bluegrass roots.

Cam - Welcome to Cam Country EP (Arista Nashville)
Cam is a California songwriter who released a four-song contemporary sounding EP. "My Mistake" is the first single. Jeff Bhasker (Bruno Mars, Beyonce, fun., The Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift) and Tyler Johnson (Ed Sheeran, OneRepublic, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Mikky Ekko) produced.

March 26, 2015

Trout Steak Revival - Brighter Every Day ( Self-released)
Trout Streak Revival gained acclaim for winning 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition. The Colorado-based quintet of Steve Foltz on mandolin and guitar; Casey Houlihan on bass; Travis McNamara on banjo and piano, Bevin Foley on fiddle and Will Koster on guitar and Dobro (all sing) recorded the 11 songs in August 2014. This is their third full-length release.

March 24, 2015

Canaan Smith - Canaan Smith EP (Mercury Nashville)
Canaan Smith has released singles and now goes the EP route with these five songs.

Striking Matches - Nothing But the Silence (I.R.S. Nashville)
Striking Matches is the duo of Justin Davis and Sarah Zimmerman. T Bone Burnett produced the 11-song disc, which features vocal interplay between the two a la The Civil Wars, although with a more revved up sound.

March 17, 2015

Anna & Elizabeth - Anna & Elizabeth (Free Dirt)
Anna & Elizabeth are Elizabeth LaPrelle, a ballad singer from Rural Retreat, Va., and Baltimore based multi-instrumentalist Anna Roberts-Gevalt. The music features lots of harmonies in the 16 cuts, most of which are older songs.

Allison Moorer - Down to Believing (Entertainment One)

The Pine Hill Project - Tomorrow You're Going (Signature Sounds)
The Pine Hill Project is Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky. The folk singers have played on each others' albums, but this is the first time they recorded a disc together. The music takes on a rootsy edge in an album of covers. Larry Campbell, who has played with Bob Dylan and Levon Helm, produced.

Snyder Family Band - Wherever I Wander (Mountain Home)
Names don't like. The Snyder Family Band is comprised of Bud Snyder on upright bass and his children Samantha on lead vocals and fiddle and Zeb on mandolin and guitar. Tim Surrett produced the 11-song disc, the debut for the label.

March 10, 2015

Blue Mafia - Pray for Rain (Pinecastle)
Blue Mafia is a bluegrass band consisting of Dara Wray on mandolin and vocals, her husband, Tony on guitar and vocals, Kent Todd on fiddle and vocals, Michael Gregory on bass and Cody Looper on banjo.Formed in 2011 by the Wrays, Blue Mafia was the 2012 DelFest Band Competition Winners and have twice been awarded third place in the SPBGMA International Band Competition. Digital release was Feb. 10; physical is March 10.

Tom Paxton - Redemption Road (Pax)
Veteran folk singer Tom Paxton, 77, releases this disc in conjunction with the final tour of his career. Jim Rooney and Cathy Fink once again produced Paxton, who also has help from Janis Ian and John Prine.

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

Eli Young Band - Turn It On (Republic Nashville)
Eli Young Band goes the EP route with this four-song release. The four songs are "Turn It On," "Plastic," "Your Place or Mine" and "Drink You Up," a disco song.

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

Pharis and Jason Romero - A Wanderer I'll Stay (Lula)
Pharis and Jason Romero recall Gillian Welch and David Rawlings on these dozen songs. The couple wrote 8 of the 12 songs. They spend most of the year in British Columbia, Canada building banjos.

Andrew Combs - All These Dreams (Coin/Thirty Tigers)
Nashville resident Andrew Combs is out with an 11-song release, his third overall. Produced by Jordan Lehning and Skylar Wilson (Caitlin Rose), "All These Dreams" was recorded in Nashville with many of Combs' longtime musical collaborators including lead guitarist Jeremy Fetzer and pedal steel guitarist Spencer Cullum Jr. (of the instrumental duo Steelism) as well as bassist Mike Rinne and drummer Ian Fitchuk.

Ryan Culwell - Flatlands (Lightning Rod)
Nashville singer-songwriter Ryan Culwell is out with his first disc in eight years on a disc produced by Neilson Hubbard.

Gill Landry - Gill Landry (ATO)
Gill Landry offers his third solo album as he took a break from his regular gig with Old Crow Medicine Show to record this disc.

Buxton - Half a Native (New West)
Buxton,a quintet from Houston, varied its sound on its latest. The band headed to Los Angeles to work with producer Thom Monahan (Devendra Banhart, Vetiver, Beachwood Sparks), opting for more atmospherics than previous efforts.

Various Artists - Signature Sounds 20th Anniversary Collection - Rarities From the Second Decade (Signature Sounds)
Signature Sounds, the western Massachusetts label, celebrates 20 years in business with his disc of rarities and unreleased songs from the likes of Crooked Still, Eilen Jewell, Barnstar! and Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers.

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.

Amy Speace - That Kind of Girl (Wind Bone)
Amy Speace's latest contains 12 original songs recorded in East Nashville. The disc features producer Neilson Hubbard on drums, guitarists Will Kimbrough (Rodney Crowell, Todd Snider) and Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket), Eamon McLoughlin on strings and mandolin, Danny Mitchell on keys and horns, and Dean Marold on upright bass.

February 24, 2015

The Gibson Brothers - Brotherhood (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.

Mayeux & Broussard - High Times & Good Rhymes ( Self-released)
Mayeux and Broussard are Tate Mayeux and Brian Broussard, who have been together since 2011. They mix different styles on their sophomore effort, including, roots and blues sounds.

Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line - Wake (Blue Pig)
Singer/songwriter Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line fall into the Americana field Struthers produced the dozen song disc of songs she wrote in Nashville.