October 29, 2021
Eddie Montgomery –
Ain't No Closing Me Down
(Average Joe's) – Eddie Montgomery, one-half of Montgomery Gentry, releases his first solo album, a 12-song disc. The album was produced by Grammy-award-winning producer Noah Gordon and award-winning producer, Shannon Houchins. Montgomery helped write eight of the songs. Tanya Tucker guests on the song "Higher."
Elvie Shane –
(Wheelhouse) – Georgia native Elvie Shane releases his full-length debut. Earlier this year, Shane put out an EP. He has gained airplay with the song "My Boy," about a father's love for his stepson.
Mitchell Tenpenny –
(River House/Columbis) – Mitchell Tenpenny expands upon his "Neon Christmas" EP with a full-length holiday release of 10 songs.
Morgan Evans –
The Country And The Coast Side A
(Warner Nashville) – Aussie country singer Morgan Evans, who had a hit with "Kiss Somebody," will release a six-song EP. Evans, who is married to Kelsea Ballerini, was produced by Dann Huff.
Hayes Carll –
You Get It All
(Self-released) – Hayes Carll releases his eighth studio disc. The humorous singer/songwriter co-wrote all 11 songs on the release. The CD was produced by Kenny Greenberg and Allison Moorer, who is also Carll's wife.
November 12, 2021
Amanda Shires –
(Silver Knife/Thirty Tigers) – Amanda Shires, who has a solo career as well as being a member of her husband Jason Isbell's band, The 400 Unit, releases her first holiday disc.
Cody Jinks –
(Late August) –
November 19, 2021
Allison Krauss and Robert Plant –
Raise the Roof
(Rounder) – Bluegrass star Allison Krauss teams up with Robert Plant for the first time in years.
Willie Nelson Family –
The Willie Nelson Family/
(Sony Legacy) – Willie Nelson teams up with family members on yet another release. The cast includes Willie Nelson (lead vocals, background vocals, Trigger); Bobbie Nelson (piano); Lukas Nelson (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, lead vocals, background vocals); Micah Nelson (drums, bass, background vocals); Paula Nelson (background vocals); Amy Nelson (background vocals); Mickey Raphael (harmonica); Billy English (drums); Paul English (percussion) and Kevin Smith (bass).
December 3, 2021
Blake Shelton –
Body Shop Deluxe
(Warner Nashville) – Blake Shelton will put a deluxe version of his "Body Shop" CD, containing four new songs. Brooks & Dunn and hit-making up-and-comer HARDY help out on the new material of the 16-song release. The release contains the hit "Happy Anywhere."
February 18, 2022
Shovels & Rope –
(Dualtone) – The duo Shovels & Rope releases an album written pre-COVID, but recorded during the pandemic. What had once been expected to have been acoustic changed tone as a result.
October 22, 2021
Brett Young –
Brett Young & Friends Sing The Christmas Classics
(Arista Nashville) – Brett Young Brett will offer his first-ever Christmas album. Colbie Caillat, Sam Fischer, Dann Huff, Darius Rucker, Maddie & Tae, Chris Tomlin and Phil Wickham help on the eight-song release of standards.
Pistol Annies –
Hell Of A Holiday
(RCA Nashville) – Pistol Annies, the trio of Miranda Lambert, Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe, are out with their take on holiday fare. Most of the songs are new except for the classic "Sleigh Ride," "Auld Lang Syne" and a Merle Haggard tune, "If We Make It Through December"
Shy Carter –
The Rest Of Us EP
(Warner Nashville) – Soulful country singer Shy Carter makes his debut with an EP.
Lady A (formerly Lady Antebellum) –
What A Song Can Do
(Big Machine Label Group) –
October 15, 2021
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit –
(Southeastern) – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit are out with a covers disc with proceeds going to help Black Voters Matter, Fair Fight and Georgia STAND-UP. The release consists of new versions of 13 songs with ties to the state, including tracks originally recorded by Georgia natives R.E.M., Drivn' N' Cryin', James Brown, Cat Power, Precious Bryant, Otis Redding, The Black Crowes, Indigo Girls, Now It's Overhead, Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Allman Brothers Band and Vic Chesnutt. Julien Baker, Brandi Carlile, Béla Fleck, Steve Gorman, Peter Levin, Amanda Shires, Brittney Spencer, Chris Thile, Sadler Vaden, Adia Victoria and John Paul White all help out.
Pokey LaFarge –
In The Blossom of Their Shade
(New West) – Pokey LaFarge's album was the result of a tour being canceled due to COVID-19. LaFarge used the time to come up with new material. The set contains 10 songs.
Ryan Hurd –
(Arista Nashville) – Ryan Hurd, who has released EPs, makes his full-length debut with this 15-song track. The disc features the hit "To a T" and "Chasing After You," with wife Maren Morris. A second track, "June, July, August," also was released.
Toby Keith –
Peso In My Pocket
(Show Dog) – Toby Keith releases his first album of new material in five years. Kenny Greenberg co-produced the album with Keith. The first single is "Old School," written by Maren Morris, Ryan Hurd and Brett Tyler. Sammy Hagar co-wrote "Growing Up is a Bitch" with Keith.
Zac Brown Band –
(Warner Nashville) –
Cassadee Pope –
October 8, 2021
Natalie Hemby –
Pins and Needles
(Fantasy) – Natalie Hemby, known for her songwriting for the likes of Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town as well as being a member of The Highwomen, releases her second album and first for Fantasy. Hemby's first disc was "Puxico" in 2017.
Old Dominion –
Time, Tequila & Therapy
(Sony Nashville) –
October 1, 2021
Asleep at the Wheel –
Half A Hundred Years
(Home Records/Thirty Tigers) – The long-running Texas swing band Asleep at the Wheel is out with music to celebrate its golden anniversary.
In These Silent Days
(Low County Sounds/Elektra) – Brandi Carlile has been on a roll with her own career and that of her side project The Highwomen, not to mention a best selling memoir. Now, Carlile has a pandemic-inspired disc of 10 songs. Carlile recorded once again with Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings producing the set. Carlile conceived the disc quarantined at home with longtime collaborators and bandmates Tim and Phil Hanseroth.
Lily Rose –
Stronger Than I Am
(Big Loud) – Georgia native Lily Rose, who has gained some airplay with her song "Villian," releases a seven-song EP. Rose has a modern country sound. Joey Moi produced most of the tracks.
September 24, 2021
Mickey Guyton –
Remember Her Name
(Capitol Nashville) – Black country singer Mickey Guyton finally will release her full-length debut 10 years after being signed to the label. The Dallas native has released several EPs during her time on Capitol Nashville. Guyton helped write 15 of the 16 songs on the disc. "Black Like Me," which she released last year is on the release. Guyton has been particularly vocal about racism.
Billy Strings –
(Rounder) – Bluegrass guitarist extraordinaire Billy Strings returns with a 16-song release. The release was produced by Jonathan Wilson (Conor Oberst, Roger Waters, Father John Misty) and recorded at Nashville's Sound Emporium Studios. n addition to Strings (vocals, guitar, mandolin, piano, synth, guitjo) and Wilson (celesta, percussion, harpsicord), the record features Strings' band — Billy Failing (banjo, piano, background vocals), Royal Masat (bass, background vocals) and Jarrod Walker (mandolin, guitar, background vocals) plus special guests Spencer Cullum (pedal steel), John Mailander (violin) and Grant Millikem (synth).
Larry Fleet –
Stack of Records
(Big Loud) – Larry Fleet, a Tennessee native, makes his label debut with country, R&B and southern rock. Fleet had a hand in writing all 14 songs, including with partners such as Rhett Akins and Jamey Johnson. Fleet's break came when a chance encounter with Jake Owen in 2017 led to a collaborative friendship and an opening slot on the road with Owen.
September 20, 2021
I Got Here By Accident
(TMWRK Records) – Portland, Maine resident Kalie Shorr releases a five-song EP.
September 17, 2021
29: Written in Stone
(Big Machine) – In February, Carly Pearce released a heartfelt EP, "29," about life at 29, soon after her split with fellow singer Michael Ray, after only eight months of marriage. Pearce expanded upon that with this 15-song release chronicling different angles of the relationship. Ashley McBryde sings on the single "Never Wanted To Be That Girl," which the two wrote with Shane McAnally, who produced all but one song. Patty Loveless guests on "Dear Miss Loretta."
Scotty McCreery –
(Triple Tigers) – Scotty McCreery releases his fifth studio disc and his first since "Seasons Change." The 12-song release includes 10 co-written by McCreery, who first gained fame on "American Idol" a decade ago. The first single from the release is "You Time."
September 10, 2021
Mitchell Tenpenny –
Midtown Diaries EP
(River House/Columbis) – Mitchell Tenpenny releases the "Midtown Diaries" EP. The project contains eight songs all co-written by Tenpenny, including his current radio single "Truth About You." He produced the set with Jordan M. Schmidt.
(Warner Nashville) –
Lauren Alaina –
Sitting Pretty On Top Of The World
(Mercury Nashville) –
(Interscope Records/UMG Nashville) – Kacey Musgraves offers a 15-song set, her first following her divorce from fellow singer Ruston Kelly. Many of the songs deal with the relationship and the end of it. Musgraves has further strayed from country, although there is an acoustic vibe to the music.
August 28, 2021
You Don't Really Know Me
(Black Mesa) – Veteran singer Tim Easton releases a 10-song album with a Dylanesque vibe to the proceedings. Producers are Tommy Scifres (Aaron Lee Tasjan) and Robin Eaton (Jill Sobule) who also worked on Easton's 1998 debut record, "Special 20."
August 27, 2021
Niko Moon –
Good Times (full length)
(RCA Nashville) –
Michael Ray –
Higher Education EP
(Warner Nashville) – Michael Ray releases a seven-song EP. "Whiskey And Rain" is the first single from the project. Lee Brice, Billy F. Gibbons of ZZ Top, Tim Montana and Kid Rock contribute to the title track.
Alejandro Escovedo –
(Yep Roc) – Alejandro Escovedo originally released "La Cruzada" as a Record Store 2020 special release. Now, the Spanish language version of his well-received 2019 disc, "The Crossing," will be out. The disc contains 16 songs.
King Calaway –
(Stoney Creek) – King Calaway offers its second release for the label. The four-song release features Lainey Wilson on "Good to Me."
Trace Adkins –
The Way I Wanna Go
(Verge) – Trace Adkins releases a 25-song release to celebrate his 25 years in music.