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September 24, 2021

Mickey GuytonRemember 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 StringsRenewal (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 FleetStack 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.

October 1, 2021

Asleep at the WheelHalf 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.
Toby KeithPeso 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.
Natalie HembyPins 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.

October 8, 2021

Old DominionTime, Tequila & Therapy (Sony Nashville) –

October 15, 2021

Pokey LaFargeIn 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 HurdPelago (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.
Zac Brown BandThe Comeback (Warner Nashville) –

October 29, 2021

Hayes CarllYou 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.

Recent CD Releases

September 17, 2021

Carly Pearce29: 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 McCreerySame Truck (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 TenpennyMidtown 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.
BexarPronounced Bear (Warner Nashville) –
Lauren AlainaSitting Pretty On Top Of The World (Mercury Nashville) –
Kacey Musgravesstar-crossed (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

Tim EastonYou 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 MoonGood Times (full length) (RCA Nashville) –
Michael RayHigher 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 EscovedoLa Cruzada (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 CalawayMidnight EP (Stoney Creek) – King Calaway offers its second release for the label. The four-song release features Lainey Wilson on "Good to Me."
Trace AdkinsThe Way I Wanna Go (Verge) – Trace Adkins releases a 25-song release to celebrate his 25 years in music.

August 20, 2021

Runaway Junebackstory (Wheelhouse) – Runaway June releases a three-song EP.
Wanda JacksonEncore (Big Machine) –
Sam WilliamsGlasshouse Children (Mercury Nashville) – Sam Williams, son of Hank Jr., makes his major label debut.
Tyler BoothGrab the Reins (Sony Nashville) – Tyler Booth, a Kentucky native, releases a six-song EP. Booth recalls Jamey Johnson vocally. He previously released two singles on the label two years ago after releasing a self-titled EP in 2017. The set includes "Palomino Princess."
Sierra FerrellLong Time Coming (Rounder) – Sierra Ferrell, a traditional country singer from West Virginia, makes her label debut. The disc was produced by Gary Paczosa, who signed her to Rounder. Sarah Jarosz, Jedd Hughes and Tim O'Brien are among those who play on the album.
Connie SmithThe Cry of the Heart (Fat Possum) – Country great Connie Smith returns with an 11-song release produced by Marty Stuart, who also happens to be her husband. Smith delves into both country and gospel songs. Smith had a hand in writing three of the songs. She closes with Merle Haggard's "Jesus Take a Hold."
James McMurtryThe Horses and The Hound (New West) –

August 13, 2021

Dan + ShayGood Things (Warner) – Produced by Dan + Shay's Dan Smyers, "Good Things" includes the first single "10,000 Hours" with Justin Bieber. Other songs include "Glad You Exist" and the title track, which is the current single. Shay Mooney, the other half of Dan + Shay, or Smyers had a hand in writing all 12 songs.
Sheryl CrowLive From the Ryman & More (Big Machine) – Sheryl Crow offers a 27-song set filled with tracks from her "Threads" CD and signature hits such as "Strong Enough," "All I Wanna Do" and "Soak Up The Sun." The music was recorded over five nights at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, Los Angeles' Ace Theatre and the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island.
Jeremy GarrettWanderer's Compass (Mountain Home) – The Infamous Stringdusters fiddle player Jeremy Garrett utilizes fiddle, guitar and mandolin to create a variety of sounds on his latest solo disc. Garrett presents originals interleaved with covers of songs by writers ranging from an Israeli pop singer to Coldplay to Jimmie Rodgers. Garrett does a duet with guitarist Jon Stickley ("I'm Not The Enemy"), and new songs written during troubled times ("The World Keeps Turning Around"), several with frequent collaborator Jon Weisberger.

August 10, 2021

Mike and the MoonpiesOne to Grow On (Self-released) – Mike and the Moonpies release their eighth studio album. Produced by Adam Odor and recorded at yellow DOG Studios in Wimberley, Texas, the nine-song collection was co-written by frontman Mike Harmeier and Odor and includes guest appearances from members of Quaker City Nighthawks, Shooter Jennings and Shiny Soul Sisters. This is the first time an album has been centered around a character to form a linear story. Sonically, the band experiments with rootsier tones, twin guitars and big acoustic rhythms. The group consists of Harmeier (vocals, guitar); Zachary Moulton (steel guitar); Omar Oyoque (bass); Kyle Ponder (drums) and Catlin Rutherford (guitar).

August 6, 2021

Chris YoungFamous Friends (RCA Nashville) – Chris Young gets help from Kane Brown on the title track of his seventh studio album. Lauren Alaina aids the singer on "Town Ain't Big Enough." Mitchell Tenpenny also sings with Young on "At the End of the Bar."

July 30, 2021

Son VoltElectro Melodier (Transmit Sound/Thirty Tigers) – Son Volt releases its 10th album. The title, taken from the names of two vintage amplifiers from the late '40s and early '50s, describes the album's blend of folk, country, blues, soul and rock. In addition to band founder Jay Farrar, the disc features band members Mark Spencer (piano, organ, acoustic slide, lap steel, backing vocals) Andrew DuPlantis (bass, backing vocals), Chris Frame (guitar) and Mark Patterson (drums, percussion).
ParmaleeFor You (Broken Bow) – Parmalee will release a 13-song album. The disc, produced by David Fanning, includes the collaboration with TrailerTrap creator, Blanco Brown, "Just the Way." The band is comprised of brothers Matt and Scott Thomas (lead vocals/guitar and drums, respectively), cousin Barry Knox (bass) and life-long friend Josh McSwai
Jim LauderdaleHope (Yep Roc) – Singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale remains prolific, releasing his 34th album. The disc contains "Memory," the last song he wrote with the late Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. "Hope" was co-produced by Lauderdale and his longtime collaborator Jay Weaver.
YolaStand for Myself (Easy Eye Sound) – British singer Yola, who now lives in Nashville, goes for more soul and danceable sounds on her second stateside album. Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, who signed Yola to his label, also produced the set.

July 23, 2021

Drake MilliganDrake Milligan (Broken Bow) – Newcomer Drake Milligan, a Texas native, releases a five-song EP. Milligan, 23, helped write every song. Terry McBride and Brett Beavers were among the songwriters.
Emily DuffRazor Blade Smile (Self-released) – New York City-based artist Emily Duff releases a 10-song disc produced by Eric Ambel. Once upon a time, Duff was the lead singer for Gary Lucas' Gods & Monsters.

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