January 21, 2022
Walker Hayes –
Country Stuff The Album
Bobby Allison and Gary Spehar
(Self-released) – Gerry Spehar collaborates with his long-time friend and music partner, Bobby Allison. The two have been writing and performing as a duo since 1981. In 1985, they played the Grand Ol Opry as finalists of the Wrangler Country Showdown. In 1986, Allison won the Showdown and a Columbia contract. This album includes their recordings from 1980s Nashville to current L.A.
The Whitmore Sisters –
(Red House) – The Whitmore Sisters are Eleanor Whitmore (The Mastersons and Steve Earle) and Bonnie Whitmore (Hayes Carll, Jimmie Dale Gilmore). The Whitmores offer nine origianls and two covers, including Aaron Lee Tasjan's "Big Heart Sick of Mind" and Paul McCartney's "On the Wings of Nightingale," which was penned for The Everly Brothers. Bonnie has released four solo albums while Eleanor has recorded with her husband Chris Masterson as The Mastersons.
Tammy Rogers and Thomm Jutz –
Surely Will Be Singing
(Mountain Fever) – Tammy Rogers, a fiddle player for The SteelDrivers and Thomm Jutz, a German-born songwriter/guitarist Thomm Jutz, combined for a 12-song collection of co-writes. Over the last five years, the pair have penned more than 140 songs. Rogers and Jutz co-produced the release.
January 22, 2022
Lost Dog Street Band
(Anti-Corp Music) – Lost Dog Street Band is a trio comprised of Benjamin Tod on vocals, guitar and banjo, his partner, Ashley Mae on fiddle, and Jeff Loops on upright bass. Douglas Francisco hlps out on slide guitar. Tod wrote all the songs. The disc is described in the liner notes as "a psychological glimpse of climbing out of hell." The band previously put out six albums, while Tod has released two solo discs.
January 28, 2022
Brent Cobb –
And Now, Let's Turn To Page...
(Olí Buddy Records) – Brent Cobb releases his first gospel album.
February 11, 2022
The Cactus Blossoms –
(Self-released) – Minneapolis-based brother duo The Cactus Blossoms release their third disc. Jenny Lewis helps out on the song "Everybody."
February 18, 2022
Del McCoury –
(McCoury Music) – At 82, Del McCoury is not slowing down releasing a 12-song set. The disc is comprised of four songs about love lost, one love song that sounds like many others he's cut as a tribute to his wife of 57 years, Jean, two cheatin' songs, two drinking songs, one extolling the virtues of hard work and one about a working-class hero standing up to big coal in the West Virginia in the early 20th century.
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.
March 18, 2022
Randall King –
(Warner) – Texas traditionalist Randall King releases his full-length major label debut. King previously released an EP, "Leanna," in 2019 and several holiday songs.
April 1, 2022
Thomas Rhett –
Where We Started
(Valory Music) –
January 14, 2022
Jacob Bryant –
Bar Stool Preacher
(American Roots) – Georgia native Jacob Bryant releases his second full length effort. Bryant mines Outlaw Country and southern rock sounds on the 13 songs.
Conner Smith –
(Valory Music) – Singer Conner Smith releases a six-song EP, his major label debut. He wrote four of the six songs. "Learn From It" was released as a single.
Eliza Gilkyson –
Songs From the River Wind
(Howlin' Dog) – Eliza Gilkyson offers a paean to the Old West on her latest release, which also reflects her permanent move from Austin to Taos, N.M. The release includes her version of The Easy Riders' take of the traditional tune, "Wanderin.'" The Easy Riders included her father Terry Gilkyson.
December 24, 2021
Barry Waldrep and Friends Celebrate Tony Rice
(Self-released) – Barry Waldrep gives a bluegrass feel to this Tony Rice tribute album with help from the likes of Vince Gill, John Cowan, Emmylou Harris, Jim Lauderdale, Rodney Crowell and Jimmy Hall of Wet Willie fame.
December 3, 2021
We Banjo 3
A Winter Wonderful
(Wb3) – Irish quartet We Banjo 3 releases its first holiday set. With the eight song collection, which features traditional holiday tunes from their native country and from the U.S., the group self-produced the set. Among the songs are "Christmas in Prison" by John Prine and "Driving Home for Christmas" by Chris Rea. WB3 is comprised of two sets of brothers - Enda and Fergal Scahill and Martin and David Howley.
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."
November 26, 2021
The Latest Shade of Blue: The Columbia Recordings 1973-1976
(Bear Family (German import)) – Germany label Bear Family releases the third and final CD box set in its retrospective of Connie Smith's RCA and Columbia recordings. The limited-edition, four-CD set includes all of the tracks from the second chapter in Smith's recording career as she switched from RCA Victor to Columbia Records. The collection features 1970s honky-tonk singles such as "Just One Time," "Ain't Love A Good Thing," her own co-write "You've Got Me Right Where You Want Me" and her versions of The Everly Brothers' "(Till) I Kissed You" and "So Sad."