April 23, 2021
Jameson Rodgers –
In It for the Money
(Columbia Nashville/River House) – Jameson Rodgers, who has enjoyed success on the charts both as an artist and songwriter, releases a seven-song EP.
Eric Church –
(EMI Nashville) – Eric Church is releasing three albums within one week. This is the third release in the set, which was recorded in North Carolina during Covid.
Tracy Lawrence –
Volume 1: Stairway to Heaven Highway to Hell
(Self-released) – Tracy Lawrence is releasing a special project, "Hindsight 2020," a three-volume album that will be released throughout the year, celebrating 30 songs for 30 years of the singer's career. "Volume 1: Stairway to Heaven Highway to Hell" is Lawrence's first release from "Hindsight 2020." This 10-song collection features all new material from Lawrence, who penned 9 of the 10 tracks.
April 30, 2021
Ronnie Milsap –
A Better Word for Love
(Black River) – Country Music Hall of Fame legend Ronnie Milsap follows up his all-star "Duets" disc with a 10-song release. Teaming with longtime co-producer Rob Galbraith, the pair sought to celebrate the genre-blurring kind of country music with songs from the '70s through '90s. Guitarists Brent Mason, Steve Gibson, Mark Casstevens and Chris Leuzinger, bass player Michael Rhodes, drummer Lonnie Wilson, double steel players Mike Johnson and Paul Franklin, and Milsap's longtime musical director Jamie Brantley all play on the disc. The release starts with "Big Bertha," the last song Carl Perkins wrote. His wife sent it to Milsap to record. He enlisted Vince Gill for the fiddle-punctuated song.
Thomas Rhett –
Country Again, Side A
(Valory Music) – Thomas Rhett releases the first of two projects this year. It is said to be a trip back to his musical roots.
Jackson Dean –
(Big Machine Label Group) – Maryland artist Jackson Dean releases his major label debut, a five-song EP. Dean played some of the same clubs frequented by Brothers Osborne. Dean, who wrote two of the songs with Luke Dick, has a rock edge to his raw sound.
Ashley Monroe –
(Mountainrose Sparrow/Thirty Tigers) – Ashley Monroe releases her fifth album.
May 7, 2021
Kenny Chesney –
Here and Now deluxe
(Warner Nashville) – Kenny Chesney goes deluxe with "Here and Now." The dozen existing songs – including the number one title track, "Tip of My Tongue" and "Happy Does" – are being supplemented by four diverse tracks: "Wind On" from David Lee Murphy and Rodney Clawson, "Fields of Glory" from Josh Osborne, Ashley Gorley and Ross Copperman, "My Anthem" from Josh Osborne, Shane McAnally and Jason Gantt and "Streets," co-written with Tom Douglas.
Travis Tritt –
Set in Stone
(Big Noise) – Travis Tritt is back with his first album in 13 years. Produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, The Highwomen, Sturgill Simson), the disc features 11 new songs, 8 of which were co-written by Tritt.
Miranda Lambert Jack Ingram Jon Randall –
The Marfa Tapes
(Vanner/RCA Records Nashville) – Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram and Jon Randall went to Marfa, Texas last November and ended up with a 15-song record. Randall wrote "Tin Man" for Lambert, and that song appears here as well. Randall also produced Ingram's last two albums.
May 14, 2021
Alan Jackson –
Where Have You Gone
(EMI Nashville) – Alan Jackson releases his first disc in six years.
May 21, 2021
Blake Shelton –
(Warner Nashville) –
John Hiatt with the Jerry Douglas Band –
(New West) – Ace singer/songwriter John Hiatt combines with the Jerry Douglas Band, led by one of the best Dobro players in the world.
May 28, 2021
The Infamous Stringdusters –
A Tribute to Bill Monroe
(Americana Vibes) – The Infamous Stringdusters pay tribute to guitar master Bill Monroe with this seven-song set. Songs include "My Sweet Blue Eyed Darling" and "Dark as the Night." The effort was a pandemic project by the quintet of Andy Falco [guitar], Chris Pandolfi [banjo], Andy Hall [Dobro], Jeremy Garrett [fiddle] and Travis Book [double bass].
May 29, 2021
Ashley McBryde –
EP Never Will: Live From A Distance
(Warner Nashville) – Ashley McBryde will release a six-song EP based on her 2020 disc "Never Will." The EP includes six of the songs from "Never Will," including the current single "Martha Divine." McBryde helped write five of the six songs.
April 20, 2021
Eric Church –
(EMI Nashville) – Eric Church is releasing three albums within one week. This is the second and is only being released to the Church Choir, his fan club.
April 16, 2021
Eric Church –
(EMI Nashville) – Eric Church is releasing three albums within one week. This is the first, a nine-song collection recorded in North Carolina during the pandemic.
April 9, 2021
Luke Bryan –
Born Here, Live Here, Die Here deluxe
(Capitol Nashville) – Luke Bryan is out with a deluxe version of "Born Here, Live Here, Die Here." Due to the pandemic, he recorded new songs, which he wanted to release.
Tim Montana –
(Music Knox Records/BBR Music Group) – After releasing an EP last fall, Montana resident Tim Montana releases a full-length disc.
April 2, 2021
Canaan Smith –
High Country Sound
(Round Here) – Canaan Smith returns with his first release since 23015's "Bronco." Smith is releasing the dozen-song release on Florida Georgia Line's Round Here Records.
March 26, 2021
(Capitol Nashville) – Carrie Underwood releases an album of gospel music, which she co-produced along with David Garcia. The release consists of covers of traditional gospel hymns Underwood grew up singing, is a spiritual companion to Underwood's first-ever Christmas album, "My Gift," which came out in September 2020.
Amanda Cook –
Narrowing the Gap
(Mountain Fever) – Amanda Cook, a native of Jay, Fla., now living in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, is out with her third full-length release for the label.
Under the Pepper Tree
(New West) – Sara Watkins releases another solo album with Nickel Creek still on hiatus.But this one is different - it's intended for families. Watkins based the disc on songs she grew up listening to as a child. That would include "Edelweiss" from "The Sound of Music." On this version, Watkins' three year old daughter sings along, and the closing rendition of The Beatles' "Good Night."
March 19, 2021
Daddy's Country Gold
(Self-released) – Nebraska native Melissa Carpter moved to Nashville in 2018 after spending time in Austin's Carper Family and Arkansas' Sad Daddy and Buffalo Gals Band. The new disc features 12 originals and a range of big time session players including bassist and producer Dennis Crouch (The Time Jumpers) Chris Scruggs (guitar, steel guitar) and pedal steel master Lloyd Green.
Loretta Lynn –
Still Woman Enough
(Sony Legacy) – Loretta Lynn releases an album containing new material and new recordings of some of her previous material. Produced by her daughter, Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash, the 13 songs include contributions from Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, Margo Price and Tanya Tucker.
David Olney and Anana Kaye –
Whispers and Sighs
(Schookids) – The late David Olney, who recorded more than 20 albums, collaborated with Anana Kaye, an Americana artist from the Republic of Georgia, who lives in Nashville. Brett Ryan Stewart (Wirebird Productions) produced and mixed the 13songs at his studio in Nashville.
March 16, 2021
Gabby Barrett –
Live From the Goldmine
(Warner Nashville) – Gabby Barrett, the big-voiced singer behind "I Hope," performed a concert outside of Nashville in June 2020 to celebrate the release of her debut, "Goldmine." This EP takes some of the songs Barrett performed.
March 6, 2021
Brandy Clark –
Your Life is a Record (Deluxe)
(Warner Nashville) – One year after Brandy Clark released "Your Life is a Record," she's out with the deluxe version. The new disc features six additional songs including a new version of "Remember Me Beautiful," which Clark wrote late last year with Lori McKenna, Liz Rose and Hillary Lindsay for NPR's Morning Edition Song Project. Other songs are collaborations with Lindsey Buckingham ("The Past is the Past") and Brandi Carlile ("Like Mine" and "Same Devil") and live takes of two album tracks: "Pawn Shop" and "Who You Thought I Was."
March 5, 2021
(Courageous Chicken) – Jason Ringenberg of Jason & The Scorchers fame releases his sixth solo disc. George Bradfute helmed the new collection.
February 26, 2021
All My Shame
(Carnival) – The collaboration between Mando Saenz and producer (former Wilco drummer / co-founder) Ken Coomer finds Saenz expanding his sound into a new sonic direction with rock, pop, folk and psychedelic influences. Saenz has penned songs for Lee Ann Womack, Miranda Lambert, Aubrie Sellers and Jim Lauderdale. Saenz also released three folk/country-rock leaning solo albums (2005's "Watertown," 2008's "Bucket" and 2013's "Studebaker."
Big Dreams EP
(Broken Bow) – Track45, a sibling trio from Meridien, Miss., is out with its second EP since last year. "Big Dreams" includes five songs, four written by Jenna, Ben and KK Johnson. They also cover Dolly Parton's "Light of a Clear Blue Morning."
Haul These Blues Away
(Self-released) – Simon Flory, who combines blues and country, releases his third album in three years.
Living the Dream
(Songs & Daughters/Big Loud) – Hailey Whitters is releasing a deluxe version of 2020's well-received "The Dream." The enhanced disc contains five extra songs including collaborations with Jordan Davis, Lori McKenna, Little Big Town, Brent Cobb and Trisha Yearwood.
(JTM) – Sara Petite releases her sixth solo disc. The San Diego resident cites Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton, June Carter, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp as influences. She won San Diego's Best Country/Americana Band four times, was Grand Prize winner of Portland, Ore.'s Songwriting Contest and placed second in the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest.
(Sony Legacy) – Willie Nelson pays tribute to Frank Sinatra on his latest disc produced once again by Buddy Cannon with Matt Rollings.
Dale Watson –
(BFD/Audium) – Texas honky tonker Dale Watson releases his first instrumental album. After spending most of his life as a resident of Austin, in 2017, Watson decided to relocate to Memphis. Watson's new project features every genre Memphis is famous for. With tracks like "Agent Elvis," "Deep Eddy," and "Hernando's Swang," the record honors Elvis Presley, guitarist Duane Eddy, and Hernando's Hideaway, a live music venue near Beale Street where Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis both performed and Watson now owns. All tracks were self-written by Watson, except four that he co-wrote with Mario Monterosso. Alongside Memphis-based musicians Danny Banks (drums), T. Jarrod Bonta (piano), Carl Caspersen (upright bass), Jim Spake (saxophone) and Monterosso (electric guitar), Watson recorded the project at his Memphis studio, Wat-Sun Studios, in two days.