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October 14, 2014

Angaleena Presley - American Middle Class (Slate Creek)
Angaleena Presley steps out on her own, while gaining fame as one third of Pistol Annies, the group also featuring Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe. Presley, who hails from coal mining country in Kentucky, produced the dozen songs. Vocalists include Patty Loveless, Chris Stapleton, Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls) and father, Jimmy Presley, who opens the title track with a personal narrative.

September 9, 2014

Dustin Lynch - Where It's At (Broken Bow)
Dustin Lynch releases his sophomore effort, which contains the hit "Where It's At (Yep Yep)." The disc contains 15 songs.

August 26, 2014

Brad Paisley - Moonshine in the Trunk (Arista Nashville)
Brad Paisley releases the follow-up to last year's controversial "Wheelhouse." The new disc is led by the first single, "River Bank." Luke Wooten produced the disc along with Bentley.

Shovels and Rope - Swimmin' Time (Dualtone)
Husband and wife duo Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent, aka Shovels & Rope, release their sophomore album, the follow-up to 2012's "O' Be Joyful." "The Devil is All Around" is the first song released from the new set.

August 19, 2014

Various Artists - NASHVILLE OUTLAWS: A Tribute To Motley Crue (Big Machine)
Motley Crue gets the tribute treatment, country style. Justin Moore contributes "Home Sweet Home" to the set.

Cory Brannan - The No-Hit Wonder (Bloodshot)
The Mississippi native releases his second disc for Bloodshot Reocrds. The disc contains a 11 songs and was produced by Paul Ebersold.

Joel Crouse - The River Runs (Show Dog - Universal label)
Massachusetts native Joel Crouse makes his debut for the label.

August 5, 2014

Shooter Jennings - Don't Wait Up (For George) (BCR Los Angeles/Thirty Tigers)
Shooter Jennings releases a five-song tribute EP to George Jones, a friend of his father Waylon. The set contains two originals. The title track initially was written for Jones' next CD, but he passed away.

Billy Joe Shaver - First and Last (Lightning Rod)
Texas singer/songwriter ace Billy Joe Shaver finally releases his first studio album since 2008.

Sunny Sweeney - Provoked (Aunt Daddy)
Texas singer SUnnY Sweeney goes her own way with her latest after being on Big Machine Records.

July 22, 2014

Sammy Kershaw - Do You Know Me: A Tribute to George Jones (Big Hit)
Sammy Kershaw goes the tribute route with this set dedicated to the music of George Jones. He even has the guts to cover "He Stopped Loving Her Today."

July 15, 2014

Cowboy Jack Clement - For Once and For All (I.R.S. Nashville)
The late Cowboy Jack Clement releases a dozen-song CD.

John Hiatt - Terms of My Surrender (New West)
John Hiatt releases his 22nd studio album. Producer Doug Lancio recorded a large chunk of the disc with the full band in the room.

Trampled by Turtles - Wild Animals (Banjodad)
Duluth, Minn.'s finest jamming bluegrass band Trampled by Turtles return with this 11-song set. This is the seventh disc from TBT and contains 11 songs.

July 8, 2014

Mary Sarah - Bridges (Cleopatra)
Mary Sarah may not be a household name, but her friends sure are. That would include Dolly Parton who helps on "Jolene," Willie Nelson on "Crazy," Ray Price on "Heartaches by the Number" and Lynn Anderson on "Rose Garden." Freddy Powers was the executive producer of the project, which is almost entirely cover songs.

BlackHawk - Brothers of the Southland (Loud & Proud)
BlackHawk burst onto the country scene in 1993 with their self-titled album and Top 10 hit single 'Goodbye Says It All." "Brothers of the Southland is the band's first studio release in 12 years. Henry Paul and Dave Robbins remain the mainstays of the band.

Blackberry Smoke - Leave a Scar: Live in North Carolina (Blackberry Smoke)

Dale Watson - Truckin' Sessions Trilogy (Red River)
Austin honky tonker Dale Watson returns to pursuing his trucking songs on this three-release set. Back in 1998, Watson issued a 14-song collection of songs in the tradition of Red Simpson, Merle Haggard, Red Sovine and Dave Dudley called "The Truckin' Sessions". A decade later, Watson released another 14-song outing, "The Truckin' Sessions 2." This is yet another new 14-song set," The Truckin' Sessions 3," with the release also containing the first two sessions.

July 1, 2014

Corb Lund - Counterfeit Blues (New West)
Canadian singer Corb Lund is a re-recording of songs first put out on "Five Dollar Bill" and "Hair in My Eyes Like a Highland Steer," albums the singer-songwriter released in the early 2000's.

Jim Lauderdale - I'm A Song (Self-released)
Jim Lauderdale releases his 26th album and fourth since Oct. 2013. The new releases includes a recast "King of Broken Hearts" from 1991's "Planet of Love."

The Jayhawks - Rainy Day Music (American/UME)
The Jayhawks put out this disc in 2003. It's now reissued with 20 songs, including 6 that were previously unreleased. OF the six, five were demos of songs released in finished form here and elsewhere, while the sixth is a live version of "In the Canyon."

Old Crow Medicine Show - Remedy (ATO)
OId Crow Medicine Show returns with the follow-up to "Carry Me Back." Ted Hutt once again produces. And there is yet again a collaboration with Bob Dylan on "Sweet Armadillo."

The Jayhawks - Smile (American/UME)
The Jayhawks, who started out in Minneapolis, re-issue the 2000 album Box Ezrin produced the set, which features Jen Gunderman subbing for Karen Grotberg. The CD contains 13 original songs plus 6 bonus tracks. The sound ventures well beyond the alt.-country Jayhawks jangly sound.

The Jayhawks - Sound of Lies (American/UME)
Mark Olson, one of the key leaders of The Jayhawks, left the bandl eaving Gary Louis in charge. This is the first disc since Olson's departure. The Jayhawks reissue their 1997 album with bonus tracks. The basic disc contains a dozen songs with five more bonus songs. Two songs, "I Hear You Cry" and "Sleepyhead" were previously unavailable commercially in the U.S.

Colt Ford - Thanks for Listening (Average Joe's)
Country rapper Colt Ford offers a dozen songs on his latest, getting help from friends like Keith Urban on"She's Like It" and Justin Moore on "Farm Life."

June 24, 2014

Robert Gordon - I'm Coming Home (Lanark)
Rockabilly cat Robert Gordon returns with his first album in seven years, mining rockabilly, of course, along with country, honky tonk and more. Songs include "Lucille" and "Honky Tonk Man."

Sarah Borges - Radio Sweetheart (Lonesome Day)
Boston area roots artist Sarah Borges releases her debut disc for the Kentucky label. Borges previously was on Sugar Hill with her band the Broken Singles. The new disc contains 10 songs. Steve Berlin, who played saxophone and keyboards with Los Lobos for 30 years, produced the record, which features a few very special guests - NRBQ's Terry Adams and Lone Justice's Ryan Hedgecock.

The Loudermilks - The Loudermilks (You Know What)
The Loudermilks are named in homage to the seminal country music duo composed of brothers Ira Lonnie Loudermilk and Charlie Elzer Loudermilk better known as The Louvin Brothers. The band features brothers Alan (vocals, guitar, mandolin) and Chad (vocals/guitar) Edwards, former Lou Ford drummer Shawn Lynch on bass/vocals, and on drums by ex-Jolene member and Charlotte neighbor Mike Kenerley. Rounding out the band is Jason Atkins on piano/organ. The Edwards brothers were in Lou Ford.

June 17, 2014

Willie Nelson - Band of Brothers (Sony Legacy)
Willie Nelson puts out a 14-song disc on his first album of predominately new original material in nearly two decades. This is Nelson's first major batch of newly-penned songs since his "Spirit" album in 1996. The first single is "The Wall."

June 10, 2014

Toby Keith - 5 Rounds (Show Dog - Universal label)
Toby Keith's set includes releases from 2008- 2012: "That Don't Make Me A Bad Guy," "American Ride," "Bullets In The Gun," "Clancy's Tavern" and "Hope On The Rocks." Out the week before Father's Day, the collection will be available exclusively as a physical release featuring the hits "She Never Cried in Front of Me," "God Love Her," "American Ride," "Bullets in the Gun," "Beers Ago," and "Red Solo Cup."

Jason D. Williams - Hillbillies and Holy Rollers (Rockabilly)
Rockin' Jason D. Williams follows in the footsteps of his father, Jerry Lee Lewis, playing rockabilly.

Gene Watson - My Heroes Have Always Been Country (Fourteen Carat Music)
Gene Watson pays tribute to the singers and songs that helped shape his longstanding career. Songs include "Make The World Go Away'" (Eddy Arnold), "Long Black Veil" (Lefty Frizzell), "It's Not Love, But It's Not Bad" (Merle Haggard) and "Walk Through This World With Me" (George Jones).

Mary Gauthier - Trouble & Love (In The Black)
Mary Gauthier releases her first album in four years, comprising eight songs centered around the end of a relationship.

June 3, 2014

Dave and Phil Alvin - Common Ground: Dave Alvin + Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy (Yep Roc)
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."

Big Smo - Kuntry Livin' (Warner)
Big Smo hails from middle Tennessee and the long time rapper goes the hick hop route.

Miranda Lambert - Platinum (Sony Nashville)
Miranda Lambert's latest takes a long look at life and self-perception in a very personal fifth album from the singer. The disc contains 16 songs with the first single being the hit "Automatic." Frank Liddell produced once again with Lambert helping out.

Lucy Hale - Road Between (Hollywood)
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 27, 2014

Jamie O'Neal - Eternal (Momentum/Shanachie)
This is only Jamie O'Neal's third album, despite being around since 2000. That was the year she had back to back number ones with "There Is No Arizona" and "When I Think About Angels." Nine years since her last CD, O'Neal is back with an 11-song CD of covers, except for the traditional sounding closing song which she wrote. Covers including "Golden Ring," "Help Me Make It Through the Night" and "The Sweetest Thing." O'Neal produced along with her husband Rodney Good.

Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis - Our Year (Premium)
Husband-and-wife Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis team up for another release. Brad Jones produced the 10 songs in Nashville. Robison and Willis had a hand in writing 3 of the 10 songs.

John Fullbright - Songs (Blue Dirt)
This is the second disc from John Fullbright, who previously released "From The Ground Up." Fullbright, an Oklahoma native, is a former member of the Oklahoma Red Dirt band Turnpike Troubadours and the Mike McClure Band. Fullbright received a Grammy nomination in the category Best Americana Album for his debut.

Zoe Muth and The Lost High Rollers - World of Strangers (Signature Sounds)
This is singer Zoe Muth's third disc. She released "Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers" in 2009. "Starlight Hotel," was out in 2011. Producer and bassist George Reiff assembled a studio band of Austin musicians including Brad Rice (Keith Urban, Son Volt), Martie Maguire (Dixie Chicks) and Bruce Robison.

May 20, 2014

Danny Roberts - Nighthawk (Crossroads)
Danny Roberts is best known for being a member of The Grascals and touring with Dolly Parton. He is out with his first solo disc since "Mandolin Orchard" in 2004. Friends like Kristen Scott Benson, Tim Surrett, Jimmy Mattingly, Ronnie McCoury and Sam Bush help out. Daughter Jaelee and wife Andrea Roberts contribute lead vocals.

Chatham County Line - Tightrope (Yep Roc)
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 (Valory)
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.

Roy Orbison - Mystery Girl Deluxe (Sony Legacy)
"Mystery Girl" was originally released by Roy Orbison in 1989. On its 25th anniversary, the late singer gets the deluxe treatment with a second CD mainly of alternate versions and one song that was never release, "The Way Is Love." The release also includes an hour-long documentary about the filming of what would be Orbison's final release.

Hank Williams - The Garden Spot Program 1950 (Omnivore)
The latest release of Hank Williams music comes from radio shows he did for KSIB in Creston, Ia. in February 1950. Williams recorded the songs at Castle Recording Laboratories in Nashville. THe disc contains 4 15-minute radio shows, including jingles for the program.

May 15, 2014

Red June - Ancient Dreams (Organic)
This is the third disc from the Asheville, N.C.-based acoustic trio. The band consists of Will Straughan (resonator guitar, guitar and vocals), Natalya Weinstein (fiddle and vocals) and John Cloyd Miller (mandolin, guitar and vocals). Tim Surrett produced on the disc and also plays upright bass.

May 13, 2014

Dolly Parton - Blue Smoke (Dolly)
Dolly Parton releases her 43rd 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.

Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds in Country Music (High Top Mountain)
Kentucky native Sturgill Simpson releases his second disc. He recalls Waylon Jennings vocally. Dave Cobb produced the 10 songs.

Rascal Flatts - Rewind (Big Machine)
Rascal Flatts releases its eighth album. Bassist Jay DeMarcus produced along with Dann Huff and Howard Benson.

The Howlin' Brothers - Trouble (Readymade/Thirty Tigers)
This is the fourth release of The Howlin' Brothers: Ben Plasse - upright bass, banjo, vocals, Ian Craft - fiddle, banjo, vocals and Jared Green - guitar, harmonica, vocals. Brendan Benson once again porduced.

May 6, 2014

Hunter Hayes - Storyline (Atlantic)
Hunter Hayes returns with his second full-length CD, which contains "Invisible." Every track on the album was again co-written by Hayes and co-produced by Hayes and Dann Huff, this time featuring guest musicians including his touring band as well as steel guitar player Paul Franklin.

Various Artists - The Music of NASHVILLE Season 2, Volume 2 (Big Machine)
The "NASHVILLE" TV franchise continues putting out music from the show. This contains 11 songs in the regular version and a Target exclusive with 21 songs.

April 29, 2014

Bryan Sutton - Into My Own (Sugar Hill)
Bryan Sutton has gained acclaim as a session artist, playing acoustic guitar. Sutton has toured with Sutton has toured with the Dixie Chicks, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, Hot Rize, Chris Thile and Tony Rice . He has earned six IBMA Guitar Player of the Year awards.

April 22, 2014

Black Prairie - Fortune (Sugar Hill)
Black Prairie, which includes several members of The Decemberists, is back with its third release. While the first one was bluegrass centric, the new CD is a widespread sonic affair.