November 20, 2020
Black Cats and Crows
(Thirty Tigers) – Arkansas native has enjoyed some success as a songwriter with Trace Adkins and Willie and Merle Haggard recording his material. He also wrote songs with Cody Jinks for his album and opened for Jinks as well. Jim"Moose" Brown produced the set.
Tim Montana –
Cars on Blocks EP
(Music Knox Records/BBR Music Group) – Tim Montana makes his debut for the label with this four-song EP. Montana, who stars in "Tim Montana's Wild Side" on Velocity Outdoor Channel, had a hand in writing all four songs.
The Steel Wheels –
Everyone A Song, Vol. 1.
(Self-released) – Bluegrass band The Steel Wheels put out a nine-song release inspired by the stories of their fans. The project became a way for fans to commission works and send musical greetings to their loved ones. Lead vocalist Trent Wagler set the personal stories of fans to song and verse.
Garth Brooks –
(Pearl) – Garth Brooks is having some "Fun" with this 15-track (well maybe 14 as track 13 is only four seconds) CD. Among the songs is "Dive Bar" with Blake Shelton and "Where the Cross Don't Burn" featuring Black Country Musical Hall of Fame singer Charley Pride. Brooks also turns in his take on "Shallow" with Trisha Yearwood.
Lee Brice –
(Curb) – Lee Brice is back with a disc containing "One of Them Girls," the follow-up to his number one hit with Carly Pearce on "I Hope You're Happy Now." The set contains 15 songs.
Tim McGraw –
McGraw Machine Hits: 2013-2019
(Big Machine) – Tim McGraw offers a retrospective of his recent releases on Big Machine. This was during his first stint with the label, which he joined after a long career on Curb.
The Sharp Flatpickers –
Sundrops On The Water – Reflections
(Mountain Fever) – Bluegrasser Leo Kotlick releases his sophomore project, which he recorded at Jake Stargel's Starlight Studio and K&F O'Connor Studio in Nashville. The band includes Gaven Largent on resophonic guitar, Bryan McDowell on fiddle, Geoff Saunders on bass, Jake Stargel on guitar, Cory Walker on banjo, and Jarrod Walker on mandolin. Guest vocalists were Claire Lynch, Ronnie Bowman, Mallory Eagle, Forrest O'Connor and Kate Lee O'Connor. Mark Schatz also plays bass on some cuts.
Garth Brooks –
Triple Live Deluxe
(Pearl) – Garth Brooks offers an enhanced version of his "Triple Live" set. The three-disc release contains 30 songs. The album covers the 3-1/2-year Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood and also now includes tracks from the Stadium Tour.
November 13, 2020
Gillian Welch –
Boots No. 2: The Lost Songs, Vol. 3
(Acony) – Gillian Welch and partner David Rawlings are out with the third and final batch of songs of newly unearthed home demos and reel-to-reel recordings from their vault. The release consists of 17 songs.
Easton Corbin –
Didn't Miss a Beat EP
(Honkytonk) – Easton Corbin is out with his first release in five years. Corbin is putting out an EP, featuring the title track as the single. Corbin has enjoyed hits with "A Little More Country Than That" and "Roll with It" from his 2010 debut. His last release, "About to Get Real," came out in 2015.
(Mercury Nashville) – Chris Stapleton returns with a 14-song set of blues-based material. He recorded the disc mainly at Nashville's historic RCA Studio A with additional work done at Muscle Shoals Sound and Compass Sound Studio). Produced by Dave Cobb (who also plays acoustic guitar), the record features his wife, Morgane Stapleton (vocals, tambourine), with longtime bandmates J.T. Cure (bass) and Derek Mixon (drums). Special guests include Mike Campbell of the Heartbreakers (electric guitar), Benmont Tench of the Heartbreakers (Hammond B3 organ) and Paul Franklin (pedal steel) as well as the All Voices Choir who are featured on "Watch You Burn," written by Stapleton and Campbell.
Josh Abbott Band –
The Highway Kind
The Sensational Country Blues Wonders!
The World Will Break Your Heart
(Self-released) – Gary Van Miert may be from New Jersey, but the singer is a throwback traditional country singer. This is his first album of original material, having released a covers disc in 2012.
October 23, 2020
Neon Christmas EP
(Sony Nashville) – Mitchell Tenpenny releases a seven-song EP for the holidays. The set includes "Let It Snow," "O Holy Night" and "Joy to the World" along with the title track and "The Naughty List."
Terry McBride –
Rebels & Angels
(Self-released) – Terry McBride, who was part of McBride and the Ride, releases his second solo disc.
Maddie & Tae
We Need Christmas
(Mercury Nashville) – Maddie & Tae offer a Christmas EP, their second release this year. The mixes the spiritual and the secular, including their take on the Darlene Love hit "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)."
Luke Combs –
What You See Ain't Always What You Get
(River House) – Luke Combs goes the deluxe version again with "What You See Is What You Get," his second album. The extended edition will feature all 18 songs from "What You See Is What You Get" plus five new tracks. Combs also went deluxe with his debut full-length disc, "This One's For You."
October 16, 2020
Ain't That Kind of Cowboy
(Verge) – Veteran Trace Adkins releases an EP with a new label. The follow-up to 2017's "Something's Going On," Adkins went into the studio with producer Bart Butler, cutting six tracks including recently released "Mind on Fishin'" and "Better Off."
Steep Canyon Rangers –
Arm in Arm
(Yep Roc) – Steep Canyon Rangers recorded "Arm in Arm" several days at Southern Ground Studios in Nashville, which marked the first time the band recorded outside North Carolina.
(Universal Nashville) – Parker McCollum releases his first EP for Warner after putting out EPs and songs in his native Texas. The disc is a bit more mainstream than his Red Dirt sound.
William Elliott Whitmore
I'm With You
(Bloodshot) – Iowa native William Elliott Whitmore is out with his eighth solo disc and second for Bloodshot Records. Whitmore explores country, folk and the blues on the nine-song release.
Live from the Troubadour
(Fantasy) – Tanya Tucker releases the live album on the one-year anniversary of her standing-room only set from the famed LA club. At the time, Tucker was in the midst of resurgent visibility and acclaim generated by her Brandi Carlile and Shooter Jennings produced album "While I'm Livin'," released two months earlier. "Live From The Troubadour" features 15 songs including Tucker's first single "Delta Dawn" and country hits such as "Strong Enough To Bend," "What's Your Mama's Name, Child," "Blood Red and Goin' Down" and "Would You Lay with Me (In a Field of Stone)." The set also includes a medley of Bruce Springsteen's "I'm on Fire" and Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire," along with six songs from "While I'm Livin'" including "Mustang Ridge," "The Wheels of Laredo," "Hard Luck" and "Bring My Flowers Now."
David Adam Byrnes
(Self-released) – Texas artist David Adam Byrnes is out with a 10-song disc. Trent Willmon wrote two of the songs.
When I Think About Christmas EP
(Wheelhouse) – The trio Runaway June will be out with a five-track EP, featuring three Christmas classics and two Runaway June Christmas originals. The new tunes are "Christmas On The Radio" and "When I Think About Christmas." This is the first EP/CD release for the trio since Natalie Stovall joined the band in May the day after the departure of Hannah Mulholland.
October 9, 2020
Brothers Osborne –
(EMI Nashville) – John and TJ Osborne teamed up with longtime producer Jay Joyce and co-wrote every track along with frequent collaborators Lee Miller, Craig Wiseman, Natalie Hemby and Casey Beathard.