February 11, 2014
Frankie Ballard -
Sunshine and Whiskey
Frankie Ballard releases his second disc.
Eric Church -
February 8, 2014
Will Kimbrough -
Americana artist Will Kimbrough releases a dozen songs on his latest.
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."
January 28, 2014
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.
January 21, 2014
Ray Benson -
A Little Place
Ray Benson, lead singer of Asleep at the Wheel, returns with his first solo disc in nine years.
December 10, 2013
Feels Like Carolina
The quartet Parmaleee releases its debut disc. The band consists of Matt Thomas on acoustic and electric guitars and vocals; Scott Thomas on drums; Barry Knox on bass; and Josh McSwain on electric guitar. The band is a family affair as the Thomases are brothers; Knox is a cousin and McSwain a friend from growing up.
Florida Georgia Line -
Here's to the Good Times This is How We Roll
Florida Georgia Line - Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelly - add five new songs to last year's "Here's to the Good Times." Among the new songs are the Nelly version of megahit Cruise. Luke Bryan takes a stanza on This is How We Roll.
Zac Brown Band and Dave Grohl -
The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1
Zac Brown Band and Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters fame team up for a four-song EP.
Krystal Keith -
Whiskey & Lace
If the last name is familiar, it ought to be, of course, because Toby is her father. The younger Keith had a hand in writing three of the 11 songs on her debut disc, including Daddy Dance With Me, the song she wrote for her father at her wedding earlier this year. Rodney Clawson, Dennis Linde, Tim James, Eddy Raven, Bobby Pinson and Casey Beathard wrote other material she recorded.
December 3, 2013
Jake Owen -
Days of Gold
"Days of Gold" is the follow-up to Jake Owen's very successful "Barefoot Blue Jean Night." That disc led to four straight number one singles. Joey Moi produced the new dozen song set.
November 29, 2013
The Civil Wars -
Between the Bars
The Civil Wars - John Paul White and Joy Lynn Williams - release a four-song overs EP for Record Store Day. Songs include Elliott Smith's title track and Michael Jackson's Billie Jean.
November 28, 2013
Garth Brooks -
Blame It All On My Roots
Garth Brooks gives tribute to songs made famous on his latest, which also includes a DVD of his Las Vegas performance.
November 26, 2013
Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones -
Billie Joe Armstrong is best known as the lead singer of rock band Green Day, while Norah Jones is on the rootsy side. Chances are one would not have envisioned the two getting together, but they recorded this disc in nine days as a tribute to the Everly Brothers and was inspired by their 1958 disc "Songs Our Daddy Taught Us."
November 25, 2013
Danielle Bradbery -
Danielle Bradbery, 17, won season four of The Voice under the tutelage of her coach, Blake Shelton. Dann Huff produced the disc, giving it a pop country sheen. The Heart of Dixie is the first single from the disc of the Texas native.
November 11, 2013
Mandy Barnett -
I Can't Stop Loving You - The Songs of Don Gibson
Traditional country singer Mandy Barnett gives Don Gibson the tribute treatment on a dozen songs. Gibson, who was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1973 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001, was a very popular and highly influential artist in the 1950s and 1960s. He charted more than 20 Top 10 hits and released nearly 40 albums between 1958 and 1978 and was a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Harold Bradley, Hargus "Pig" Robbins, and Charlie McCoy, who also played on some of Gibson's original recordings of these songs, play on Barnett's disc.
Kellie Pickler -
The Woman I Am
Kellie Pickler makes her debut for the label, going the more traditional route once again.
November 5, 2013
Bluegrass band Newtown consists of Kati Penn-Wliams on fiddle and lead vocals; Jr. Williams on banjo, buigtar and lead vocals, C.J. Cain, who wrote six of the 10 songs, on lead guitar; Clint Hurd on mandolin and Terry Poirier on bass and lead vocals. The band is based in Lexington, Ky.
October 29, 2013
Toby Keith -
Drinks After Work
(Show Dog - Universal label)
Like clockwork, Toby Keith is out with another disc. The deluxe edition contains 13 songs, include an ode to a band member, Chuck Goff, who died in a car accident in February and Margaritaville, the Jimmy Buffett song with Sammy Hagar guesting. Keith produced the effort, but only had a hand in writing the title track.
Thomas Rhett -
It Goes Like This
Thomas Rhett releases his debut disc after gaining a foothold on the singles charts. Rhett's current single is It Goes Like This, from his new album. He also reached the charts with Something To Do With My Hands and Beer With Jesus.
October 23, 2013
Brandy Clark -
Brandy Clark releases her debut, but is known by some of the songs she has penned, including Better Dig Two by The Band Perry and Mama's Broken Heart by Miranda Lambert. Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, Darius Rucker, Sheryl Crow and Kacey Musgraves also have recorded her material.
October 21, 2013
Greg Trooper -
Incident on Willow Street
Veteran singer/songwriter Greg Trooper is out with his 12th disc.
October 15, 2013
Shonna Tucker & Eye Candy -
A Tell All
"A Tell All" is the debut disc from Shonna Tucker, who once upon a time was a member of the Drive-By Truckers.
The Harmed Brothers -
(Fluff & Gravy)
The Harmed Brothers, a Missouri-based band, are Ray Vietti, Alex Salcido, Ben Kilmer and Zach Kilmer.
Yonder Mountain String Band -
The four-track EP features one song written and sung by each Yonder Mountain String Band member: Straight Line by Ben Kaufmann, Don't Worry Happy Birthday by Dave Johnston, Rag Doll by Jeff Austin and special guest songwriter Danny Barnes, and All the Time by Adam Aijala. The recordings were cut at ElectricalAudio in Chicago during a momentary break from the road. This is the first in a series of EPs planned by YMSB.
Scotty McCreery -
See You Tonight
Scotty McCreery releases his third album. He had a hand in writing five of the 13 songs on the disc. Frank Rogers, who produces Brad Paisley, handled similar chores here.
Willie Nelson -
To All the Girls...
The ever prolific Willie Nelson stays that way. The girls in question are folks like Dolly Parton, Miranda Lambert, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crowd, Carrie Underwood, Loretta Lynn and Alison Krauss.
October 8, 2013
Gretchen Wilson -
Christmas in My Heart
Gretchen Wilson is out with her third release this year. The 10-song set includes some standards such as Blue Christmas and Silent Night. Wilson did not write any of the songs.
Gord Bamford -
Canadian singer Gord Bamford covers various bases from ballads to country rock to hip hop country on these 14 songs. Joe Diffie sings with Bamford on the title track. Bamford produced along with Byron Hill.
Joe Nichols -
Joe Nichols returns on a new label. He has a hit from the disc with Sunny and 75. The 16 songs seem split between the more traditional side and modern rocking songs.
Cassadee Pope -
Frame By Frame
Cassadee Pope of The Voice fame makes her debut. The disc contains 11 songs.
Lindi Ortega -
Canadian artist Lindi Ortega examines a variety of musical styles.
Kenny Rogers -
You Can't Make Old Friends
Kenny Rogers reunites with long-time friend and collaborator, Dolly Parton, for a brand new duet on the title track, one of 11 songs on the disc. He also does a duet with zyedeco singer Buckwheat Zydeco.
October 7, 2013
Patty Griffin -
This new Patty Griffin release is actually not so new. She recorded it about a dozen years, and it's finally seeing the light of day. The disc contains 14 songs.
October 1, 2013
The Sadies -
Canadian band The Sadies return with its 17th disc. Recorded in Toronto, the 11-track album was produced by The Sadies' Dallas Good (guitars, organ, vocals) and mixed by Peter J. Moore. The album also features band members Travis Good (guitars, fiddle, vocals), Sean Dean (bass) and Mike Belitsky (drums).
Lou Reid & Carolina -
Live at the Down Home 20th Anniversary Concert
Lou Reid and his backing quintet recorded these 14 songs on Dec. 2, 2012 at the Down Home in Johnson City, Tenn.
Noam Pikelny -
Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe
Noam Pikelny is best known for being a member of Punch Brothers, holding down the banjo. The disc is a complete banjo adaptation of fiddle player Kenny Baker's 1976 seminal recording of Bill Monroe instrumentals. Pikelny offers note for note versions of Baker's fiddle arrangements for banjo. He also has released solo discs, including this 12-song effort. Songs include Ashland Breakdown, Road to Columbus and Brown County Breakdown.
My Darling Clementine -
(Five Head Entertainment)
My Darling Clementine is the British husband-and-wife duo Lou Dalgeish and Michael Weston King. The two offer traditional country music on the dozen songs.
September 30, 2013
Charlie Robison -
Texas native Charlie Robison offers his take on nine songs.
Randy Travis -
Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am
Randy Travis looks back at some of the songs and artists that were instrumental in crafting his musical career. Thus, he goes the covers route with such songs as Saginaw, Michigan, Thanks a Lot and Why Baby Why, although many of the 13 might be under the radar screen for most listeners. Travis tackles five songs performed by Merle Haggard.
The Deep Dark Woods -
The Canadian folk-rock group returns with a 13-song disc produced by Jonathan Wilson (Dawes, Father John Misty).
Tyler Farr -
Tyler Farr releases his debut, with the title track being his hit single. The disc contains 11 songs.
James King -
Three Chords and the Truth
Bluegrass vet James King gives a bluegrass spin on country classics.
September 24, 2013
Sarah Jarosz -
Build Me Up From Bones
Sarah Jarosz is a 22 year-old singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who hails from just outside of Austin. A recent graduate (with honors) from the New England Conservatory, she put the finishing touches on her third album between exams and a busy touring schedule. Jarosz combines singer/songwriter, country and bluegrass.
Deer Tick -
Deer Tick, the Providence, R.I.-based band, releases its fifth full-length CD. The sound veers more towards rock and soulful sounds than the rootsy sounds for which it has been known.
Alan Jackson -
The Bluegrass Album
(ACR (Alan's Country Records))
Alan Jackson has gone bluegrass. The disc contains straight ahead bluegrass songs with a band including the likes of Sammy Shelor, Adam Steffey and Rob Ickes. The disc contains 14 songs, eight penned by Jackson. Long-time producer Keith Stegall and Adam Wright, Jackson's nephew, produced.
September 17, 2013
Chris Young -
Chris Young releases his fourth album. The first single is Aw Naw, which he helped write. Yong goes for ore of a rocking country approach here.
Various Artists -
High Cotton: A Tribute to Alabama
This is the second of tributes to Alabama within a month. This one features the likes of Jason Isbell and John Paul White of The Civil Wars on Old Flame, a very slowed down version of I'm in a Hurry (and Don't Know Why). courtesy of Jessica Lea Mayfield and Lucero's The Closer You Get.
Tony Joe White -
Tony Joe White is often associated with swampy music as the title may indicate. The man behind Rainy Night in Georgia has been in business for more than 45 years.
Darrell Scott and Tim O'Brien -
Memories and Moments
Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott get together 13 years after the release of "Real Time." They trade leads on these 14 songs that are sparely delivered.
Justin Moore -
Off the Beaten Path
Justin Moore releases his third disc after enjoying several hits from his first two albums. A 16-song deluxe version features Miranda Lambert and Charlie Daniels.
The Band of Heathens -
Sunday Morning Record
The latest disc - the seventh overall and fourth studio effort - from the Texas band was produced by George Reiff and Steve Christensen.
Rick Shea -
Rick Shea is a solo artist, guitarist and songwriter who has also worked with Dave Alvin. This is his eighth album
Del McCoury Band -
The Streets of Baltimore
Bluegrass veteran Del McCoury and his band of songs Ronnie and Rob, Jason Carter and Alan Bartram dish out 13 songs on their latest.
Billy Currington -
We Are Tonight
Billy Currington puts out his first album in three years. Currington worked with three producers on We Are Tonight including longtime producer Carson Chamberlain, Dann Huff and Shy Carter. Willie Nelson guests on It's Hard to be a Hippie.