Facts, Rumors & The Most Anticipated Albums for 2017
Just what 2017 has in store for us in the country music department remains to be seen. But we do know about what to expect in the release department for at least the first quarter of the year, while rumors abound about the big projects that could come to light later in 2017. Here’s a run down of what we know, what we think we know, and what we’d like to believe will be released in 2017.
NOTE: Nobody was overlooked, snubbed, or disregarded here. Every single artist in country music likely is planning to release an album in 2017, and some are planning to release two. Many will, some won’t. If you have a piece of intelligence on an album you anticipate in 2017, please feel free to share it below in the comments section.
Dale Watson and Ray Benson – Dale and Ray – January 6th
The two names synonymous with Austin have worked the same rooms for years, and it only makes sense they would eventually collaborate. Ray Benson is the current torchbearer for Western Swing as the long-time frontman of Asleep at the Wheel, and Dale Watson is the current majordomo for many traditional country fans as the originator of the Ameripolitan movement.
Dale and Ray includes covers of The Louvin Brothers’ “I Wish You Knew,” Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson’s “Write Your Own Songs,” as well as a Buck Owens song. Original songs on the album include “Bus Breakdown,” “I’m Crying, For Crying Time Again,” “Dale and Ray,” and “Feelin’ Haggard.” (pre-order)
Otis Gibbs – Mount Renraw – January 13th
Created to celebrate Otis Gibbs’ 50th Birthday, it was recorded last February in his living room with producer and guitarist Thomm Jutz, and fiddler Justin Moses. “Mount Renraw” is the name Gibbs’ east Nashville home he shares with Amy Lashley. The album was already released earlier in 2016 in Europe, but will be officially released stateside on January 13th via Otis’s own Wanamaker Recording Company. Expect a sparse record, but with rich songwriting.
Tift Merritt – Stitch of the World– January 27th
“Stitch of the World, Merritt’s sixth studio album, was written on a friend’s farm in Marfa, Texas, at Merritt’s California cabin and in New York City in the wake of several major changes in her life. Merritt workshopped the songs on Stitch of the World with longtime friend Sam Beam of Iron & Wine after bumping in to him in an airport. The album was recorded in Los Angeles while Merritt was six months pregnant, after which she relocated to her hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina.”
Via Yep Roc Records. (pre-order)
Whitney Rose – South Texas Suite EP – January 27th
The six-track collection marks Whitney’s move-in-full from Canada to Austin. It was recorded over two days at Dale Watson’s Ameripolitan Studios in North Austin, accompanied by Grammy winner Redd Volkaert, Merle Haggard’s former guitarist; Earl Poole Ball, piano player for Johnny Cash; Kevin Smith, now playing bass in Willie Nelson’s Family Band; and Tom Lewis, who’s drummed with the Mavericks, among others. All four play in Haybale!, the Continental Club’s Sunday-night stalwart; Lewis also plays in Rose’s band, along with guitarist Bryce Clark, steel player James Shelton and acoustic guitarist Sophia Johnson. They’re also on the EP, along with fiddler Erik Hokkanen and accordionist Michael Guerra.
The Sadies – Northern Passages – February 2nd
The 10th studio album from singer/guitarist brothers Dallas and Travis Good, bassist Sean Dean and drummer Mike Belitsky who’ve been playing together for more than 20 years now.
“Recorded in the basement of Dallas and Travis’ parents’ home north of Toronto over the winter of 2015, the familiar surroundings and lack of distractions resulted in a consistent feel, despite the eclecticism at the heart of The Sadies’ sound. The psych-folk flourishes on tracks such as ‘Riverview Fog’ are no mere homage; this is the sound of our inscrutable world, and how we manage to survive in it.”
Alison Krauss – Windy City – February 10th
Her first true solo record in 17 years, the Concord Music Group release was produced by Buddy Cannon. It is a covers album of bluegrass and country classics from Willie Nelson, Bill Monroe, Brenda Lee, and others. “On this album, I wanted to sing songs that are older than I am,” Krauss says. “There’s a real romance in singing other people’s stories.”
…and her continued relationship with Jamey Johnson (who also counts Buddy Cannon as a regular producer) continues to be one of the most under-reported stories in country music.
Old Crow Medicine Show – Best Of Old Crow Medicine Show – February 10th
The release will feature fan favorites plus two previously unreleased tracks. This will be the first time many of these songs have been available on vinyl. The 180-gram vinyl will also include a 4-page lyric insert and a bonus red vinyl 7″. (pre-order)
Son Volt – Notes of Blue – February 17th
10-track, blues-inspired record in the vein of Mississippi Fred McDowell, Skip James and Nick Drake, being released on Thirty Tigers.
“‘Notes Of Blue’ reflects the blues from the folk tradition, except plugged in and turned way up. Primal rhythms and frenetic guitars are balanced out with hypnotic melodies and emotive vocals throughout the new album.” (pre-order info)
Nikki Lane – Highway Queen – February 17th
Co-produced by Nikki Lane with Jonathan Tyler, this New West release features 10 tracks, including the strong-willed title track, “Jackpot” which is inspired by Las Vegas and Nikki’s relationship with Jonathan Tyler, and “700,000 Rednecks,” a tribute to her hometown of Greenville, South Carolina.
Rhiannon Giddens – Freedom Highway – February 24th
The record from Nonesuch Records includes nine original songs Giddens wrote or co-wrote while she and her band toured after Tomorrow Is My Turn‘s 2015 release, along with a traditional song and two civil rights-era songs, “Birmingham Sunday” and Staple Singers’ well-known “Freedom Highway.”
“Know thy history. Let it horrify you; let it inspire you. Let it show you how the future can look, for nothing in this world has not come around before. These songs are based on slave narratives from the 1800s, African American experiences of the last century, and the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and headlines from streets of Ferguson and Baltimore today. Voices demanding to be heard, to impart the hard-earned wisdom of a tangled, difficult, complicated history; we just try to open the door and let them through.” –Rhiannon Giddens (pre-order)
Jaime Wyatt – Felony Blues – February 24th
*Keep your eye out for this one.
“Jaime is a striking figure with an old soul and a voice like a force of nature. The Los Angeles-native is a dynamic performer, who sails naturally between vintage ‘60s and ‘70s country/rock ’n’ soul anthems and heartfelt country ballads of love and corruption. Jaime got a record deal at the age of 17, but after a second deal went down the tubes, she developed a drug problem. She got busted for robbing her drug dealer and took a plea deal for 8 months in jail, a felony strike, 6 months of treatment and 3 years felony probation. “I stayed out of trouble most of the time in jail, by singing songs for people and making them laugh,” says Jaime. Jaime’s emerged with a largely autobiographical collection of convict love stories, prison songs, and honky-tonk laments.”
George Jones – Birth of a Legend – The Truly Complete Starday and Mercury Recordings 1954-1961 – February 24th
This complete set of George Jones’ early recordings comes from Bear Family Records, and includes some 200 tracks with over seven hours of total running time, 20 previously-unissued songs (though some of you bootleggers may have heard them before), and a deluxe 174-page hardcover book. It is said the set has been in the works for over two decades, and is finally getting a release. (pre-order)
Scott H. Biram – The Bad Testament – February 24th
Biram’s 9th overall record and his 6th with Bloodshot Records. “The Bad Testament lands somewhere west of the Old Testament and south of an AA handbook, straddling the chasm between sin and redemption. It’s a record of hard-grinding lost love, blues and deep, dark Americana.” (pre-order)
Aaron Watson – Vaquero – February 24th
This is Aaron Watson’s 11th studio album to be released via his own Big Label Records on Thirty Tigers. Co-produced by Watson with Marshall Altman, the record will feature 16 total songs, half of which were penned by Aaron Watson himself.
“‘Vaquero,’ which means the ‘original cowboy,’ is an intensely reflective and personal set of songs filled with compelling narratives,” says the Aaron Watson team in an announcement. “Throughout, he depicts stories of a rugged people, humble but hardworking, like himself. He puts a playful spin on an insider’s view on the Texan way of life with ‘Amen Amigo’ and delivers life lessons courtesy of an old vaquero with the title track.” (pre-order)
Guy Clark – Best of the Dualtone Years – March 3rd
Guy Clark’s final records—Workbench Songs, Somedays the Song Writes You and My Favorite Picture of You, as well as the live LP Songs and Stories were all Dualtone releases, and on March 3rd, 19 select songs and three unreleased tracks will be compiled for a posthumous release for Clark who passed away in May 2016. The three unreleased tracks are “Just To Watch Maria Dance,” “The Last Hobo” and a Marty Stuart collaboration called “Time.” (pre-order)
Valerie June – The Order of Time – March 10th
*Note: This was originally set for release on January 27th, but was pushed back.
“On this enthralling and illuminating leap forward, the Tennessee-bred, Brooklyn based songwriter weaves electric blues, African rhythms, cosmic atmospherics and delicate soul into an inventive and wholly original rumination on love, family, struggle and the passing of time. Produced by Matt Marinelli, The Order of Time includes twelve original songs all written by June and features appearances from June’s family, her father, Emerson Hockett and brothers, Patrick and Jason Hockett.”
Via Concord Music Group. (pre-order)
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – The Front Porch Sessions – March 10th
Reverend Peyton’s first release through Thirty Tigers, he says about the new record, “I really think it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done. I’m interested in making hand-made American music, and the goal is to be timeless.” (pre-order)
Sunny Sweeney – Trophy – March 10th
Sweeney’s fourth overall release via Thirty Tigers was produced by Dave Brainard. Sweeney co-writes all but two songs, with other songwriting contributors including Chris Wall, Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay, Lori McKenna, Jay Clementi, and others. Sunny Sweeny continues to make a name for herself as a voice in Texas country and beyond after staring her career as one of the earliest artists signed to Big Machine Records.
Hurry for the Riff Raff – The Navigator – March 10th
“Alynda Segarra tells an interwoven, cinematic story of a wandering soul at a crossroads of identity and ancestral weight. It finds a street kid named Navita traversing a perpetually burning city in search of herself. The Navigator is a thrilling call to arms that could not come at a more crucial time. It also finds Hurray for the Riff Raff at its own musical intersection, delving deep into the worlds of Latin rhythms, searing rock, and incisive ballads.”
The Navigator was produced by Paul Butler and is being released by ATO Records. (pre-order)
J.B. Beverley – Head South – April 25th
Some are waiting for JB to put out another throwback country record like 2006’s Dark Bar & a Juke Box, but it sounds like this one will be a bit more rock and roll.
“If you liked the rock and roll side of ‘Stripped To The Root,’ you are going to love this record,” says J.B. Beverley. “Best production value I’ve mustered to date, and am showcasing some different styles and influences in the process. It is going to be a rather rock and roll wheelhouse record. Don’t get me wrong though, there’s still a country element to this album, but it has bolder songs, better production, and showcases some different influences. More southern rock than honky tonk, but a hundred percent ME!” (pre-order)
The Wood Brothers – Live At The Barn – January 13th – Live album recorded at Levon Helm’s famous Woodstock Barn August 19, 2016. Being released via Thirty Tigers.
Band of Heathens – Duende – January 13th
Moonsville Collective EP – January 13th
The Show Ponies – How It All Goes Down – January 20th
Kasey Chambers – Dragonfly – January 20th – Via Sugar Hill.
5 & Dimer’s – If It’s All a Game – January 27th
Delbert McClinton – Prick of the Litter – January 27th
Dead Man Winter – Furnace – January 27th – Solo project of Dave Simonett from Trampled By Turtles. TBT recently announced a hiatus.
John Cragie – No Rain, No Rose – January 27th
Ags Connolly – Nothin’ Unexpected – February 3rd
Rose Cousins – Natural Conclusions – February 3rd
Gurf Morlix – The Soul & The Heal – February 3rd
Wilson Fairchild – Songs Our Dads Wrote – February 7th – “Wil and Langdon Reid honor their fathers Harold and Don Reid who are both founding members of The Statler Brothers.”
Chuck Prophet – Bobby Fuller Died for Your Sins – February 10th
Black Joe Lewis – Backlash – February 10th
The Gibson Brothers – In The Ground – February 17th
AJ Hobbs – Too Much Is Never Enough – February 17th
Shinyribs – I Got Your Medicine – February 24th
Old 97’s – Graveyard Whistling – February 24th
Curtis McMurtry – The Hornet’s Nest – February 24th – From son of James McMurtry
Casey James Prestwood – Born Too Late – March 4th
Country Music Hall of Fame Sr. Dir./Producer/Writer Peter Cooper’s book Johnny’s Cash & Charlie’s Pride: Lasting Legends and Untold Adventures in Country Music will be released April 25th by Spring House Press.
The Rumor Mill
Jason Isbell on December 31st: “Looking forward to making a new album in a couple weeks with my rock and roll band. Got a bunch of good songs.”
Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys is working on his second solo release at his Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville with a few interesting collaborators, including John Prine, Duane Eddy, Mark Knopfler, Dave Row, Gene Christman, and Bobby Wood. Word is it has a throwback sound, and will be released sometime in the spring.
Source from the Chris Stapleton camp says “Parachute” is his last single from Traveller, and they are preparing to release a lead single from a new album soon.
Courtney Patton and Jason Eady‘s collaborative album Something Together was tentatively set to be released in “early 2017,” but when nobody was watching it populated on Amazon and iTunes in early December, and Lone Star Music now has physical copies in stock. It hasn’t shown up yet through some streaming services, but it is officially out.
Colter Wall has signed with Thirty Tigers, and has been working with producer Dave Cobb on the followup to his debut EP Imaginary Appalachia.
Marty Stuart has been working on a new record that could be out in the spring, and it might be his most involved work since his 1999 concept album The Pilgrim. You could expect a heavy Bakersfield vibe, and possibly a visual component to accompany the album. Stay tuned.
Phoebe Hunt and The Gatherers have an album called Shanti’s Shadow scheduled to be released this spring. No definite date yet, but the first song “Linthead Gal” is pretty killer.
The Oak Ridge Boys are hoping to make it into the studio with Dave Cobb in the coming year. Cobb worked with the Oaks in 2009 on their album The Boys Are Back way before he was the big name in album production. According to the band, everybody is on board for a second installment with Cobb, they’re just trying to coordinate schedules.
Ray Scott will have a new album coming soon called Guitar For Sale.
Holly Williams did an album with Dave Cobb now what seems to be a couple of years back, but there is still no release date for it. Holly recently had a child, so she may be waiting for the right opportunity to release it once her family life is more settled. Stay tuned.
High Plains Jamboree – The Brennen Leigh / Noel McKay project signed with Voxhall Records in early December, and will be releasing a record sometime in 2017 working with Jimmy Metts.
Justin Townes Earle on December 19th: “Getting close on the new record.”
Steve Earle is prepping a new album with a title track that will be called something along the lines of “Outlaw Blues” or “So You Want to Be An Outlaw,” and Willie Nelson will sing on the second verse of the song. Earle has been singing the song in concert recently, and announcing it as the title track. No further details on when or where he will release it at the moment.
Chris Knight recently addressed his delay in new music with The Tennessean‘s Juli Thanki :“It’s hard for me to just write a song that ain’t going to be really interesting to me, just a nice little ditty,” Knight said. “If I could write a real good ditty, I’d do it all the time, but I’ve never been able to do that. I’ve always had to have some kind of story that interested … (Songs are) coming slower than they used to for some reason … I need to get in the studio, record what I got, and see where I go from there.”
Charlie Worsham is expected to have a new album in the first half of 2017.
Robbie Fulks has been tweeting from what appears to be the famous Arlyn Studios in Austin, TX, making a “hardcore country and western” record with many notable Austin musicians, including Redd Volkaert and others. UPDATE: According to Robbie, it is not a record of his own, but one he’s producing for Linda Gail Lewis. Stay tuned.
Wheeler Walker Jr. says he has a new album in the can that will be released in 2017.
The Secret Sisters have been working on a new release with producers Brandi Carlile and the Hanseroth twins. Rumor has it out sometime this spring-ish.
The Boomswagglers have a record that should be out sometime in 2017 tentatively titled Heartbreaking Places in My Mind.
According to Whitey Morgan‘s steel guitar player Brett Robinson, they’re heading into the studio next month (February).
Cory Branan will have a new album out via Bloodshot Records in 2017. No further ino available at the moment.
Ray Wylie Hubbard has finished up a new album, including collaborating with Austin’s Bright Light Social Hour. Though nothing is set in stone and no title has been confirmed, a May 12th release date has been floated.
Modern Mal, consisting of Rachel Brooke and Brooks Robbins, have a record on the way called The Misanthrope Family Album. No release date yet.
And Slaid Cleaves has been working on an album. No further details at the moment.
January 3, 2017 @ 8:49 am
Great list & a lot to look forward to. Ray Scott’s album will be out in April. Thanks
January 3, 2017 @ 9:40 am
Specific date in April?
January 3, 2017 @ 6:03 pm
The 14th of April. Hope it’ll get a review from you, I’ve been waiting forever for him to be able to release Soberin Up
January 3, 2017 @ 8:51 am
Add to the rumor mill,
Jason Boland said at a show last week that they will have a new one out sometime mid 2017.
January 3, 2017 @ 9:06 am
Wade Bowen has been in the studio too. Gonna be a good year I think.
January 3, 2017 @ 9:09 am
Fairly certain that RaeLynn is planning to release an album. It’s still up for pre-order on itunes. Faith Hill is also planning new music, potentially a duets with Tim McGraw. Shania is planning new music, theoretically. Anderson East has been performing new songs in concert. Brantley Gilbert is releasing soon. I would also assume we get Little Big Town. Reba is releasing a new Christian album.
Really looking forward to Sunny Sweeney and Rhiannon Giddons (like beyond excited for this album)
January 3, 2017 @ 9:22 am
oh, and we’ll probably get a new Sam Hunt album
January 3, 2017 @ 9:58 am
Anderson East did say that he planned to release an album in 2017, and performed one of those songs at the concert I attended.
January 3, 2017 @ 10:27 am
Just to second this so hopefully it gets added to the story, Anderson played two new songs in Columbus and said they were from the album he planned to release in 2017.
January 3, 2017 @ 11:44 am
King for a Day is a Stapleton co-write. Hopefully it’ll be better than his last effort. It’s not that he’s bad, it’s that he’s derivative & walking East Nashville hipster cliche (& I don’t even think it’s not authentically who he is, but it just comes off that way)., and sonically, for me he’s boring.. He’s like Isbell light, and I preferred Isbell with drive by truckers.
January 3, 2017 @ 9:11 am
Didn’t Sturgill Simpson say he has an album sitting around pretty much ready to go? I seem to recall something around the release of Sailor’s Guide where he said he had 2 albums cut and this was the more personal project of the 2, implying the other was more traditional in some ways.
January 3, 2017 @ 1:35 pm
I don’t remember him saying anything that specific about a full album ready to go. He may have some recordings in the can though.
January 4, 2017 @ 2:36 pm
I remember hearing the same thing. It was along the lines of him originally planning the production of an album with Cobb but then moved forward with Sailors. Fingers crossed.
January 4, 2017 @ 4:25 pm
Yes, I think there was some effort with Cobb before Sturgill went along by himself, but I’m not sure how much if any music resulted from that effort, in rough or finished form.
January 3, 2017 @ 9:11 am
Yes, Boomswagglers! Please don’t mess with that first album formula!
January 3, 2017 @ 9:11 am
Another to add to the rumor mill could be Lucky Tubb. I saw him with Reverend Horton Heat last month and Jim Heath said they were working on something with Lucky.
I really hope Hank 3 finally gives us something new this year, whether a new album or at least a tour. We haven’t had an album in three years and he hasn’t been on tour in over two.
January 3, 2017 @ 9:36 am
I interviewed Lucky Tubb over four years ago, and he said he had a new album on the way then, and it sounded like it was mostly done:
One good sign is that he also appeared on the new Jackson Taylor record and has been making more public appearances. Would love to see a new Lucky Tubb record surface.
January 3, 2017 @ 10:11 am
What new Jackson Taylor record?
January 3, 2017 @ 10:27 am
Jackson Taylor’s “Which Way Is Up”
January 3, 2017 @ 2:31 pm
Lucky’s song with Jackson Taylor is my favorite off the album. Of course, all 8 songs are outstanding.
January 3, 2017 @ 7:05 pm
It would be awesome to get some new Hank3. I’ve yet to catch a live show, so if he comes through the area, I’m going to be there.
ray wylie hubbard
January 3, 2017 @ 9:28 am
what a list. so now i kinna feel like leonardo at the end of the movie ‘titanic’..ain’t no room on this board for me.
January 3, 2017 @ 9:37 am
I think we’d do more than rearrange the deck chairs to make sure Ray Wylie Hubbard got a proper seat in a life boat.
January 3, 2017 @ 9:30 am
Thanks, Trigger. I always appreciate these pieces.
January 3, 2017 @ 9:39 am
Awesome list. Really excited for Rhiannon’s album. Also — I know they aren’t country per se — but I saw on Instagram that Lone Bellow recorded with Dave Cobb for their next album, and I can’t help but be excited. I still think they’re so stunning live.
January 3, 2017 @ 9:40 am
I am hoping to see Ray & Dale in person, and I already have tickets to see Chris Stapleton twice in 2017. Eric Strickland plans a couple of albums in 2017. Andrew Pope has one. Crystal Gayle’s first album in a long time should finally happen. Rhonda Vincent recently detailed her 2017 plans in an interview.
January 3, 2017 @ 9:44 am
Country-pop singer Lauren Alaina will have a new album titled “Road Less Traveled” out January 27th. I doubt you cover it but I thought it was worth noting.
January 5, 2017 @ 8:54 am
I think Lauren is a fantastic singer. There’s a song that I’ve seen her play live over the past three years titled, “Same Day, Different Bottle” and it’s really good. With her stint as Alan Jackson’s opening act last year, and a spot on Martina McBride’s tour this year, I hope to see Lauren make her way as one of the leading females on country radio.
January 3, 2017 @ 9:45 am
Well, I was all ready to note the upcoming Sadies release, but you’re right on top of it!
A couple of others that might be more in the rock and roll realm:
Chuck Prophet – Bobby Fuller Died for Your Sins (Feb 10)
Black Joe Lewis – Backlash (Feb 10)
This will be Curtis McMurtry’s second album. He released Respectable Enemy back in 2014. Good album.
I’m hoping from that Isbell tweet that the next one will be a little more rocking.
January 3, 2017 @ 9:52 am
My one beef with Isbell’s last is it could have used a little more pep.
January 3, 2017 @ 10:45 am
I prefered Isbell with drive by truckers, so that tweet has me hopeful.
January 3, 2017 @ 9:47 am
Thanks, Trig! 🙂 I’m especially excited for Rhiannon Giddens, Valerie June and Hurray for the Riff Raff; and Alison Krauss’ project sounds like it might be interesting, as well…
January 3, 2017 @ 9:50 am
Reba is releasing a gospel album on February 3:
Pointed North to KC
January 3, 2017 @ 10:12 am
I know K Phillips was promoting an album called “Dirty Wonder” but I cannot find a release date on it. Have you heard anything about that one?
January 3, 2017 @ 10:29 am
Yes, seeing the promo for it, but no date at the moment.
January 3, 2017 @ 10:14 am
Jan 20 — The bottoming out of Zac Brown’s career will occur when he releases his “dance pop” project via Sir Rosevelt album. Several tracks already available, and its all horrendous. Not because its no where near country but because its just horrendous horrendous music. And just such a waste of a talented person’s time, effort and energy.
January 3, 2017 @ 10:26 am
I’ll let him waste the time, effort, and energy if it means that he keeps that stuff away from ZBB.
January 3, 2017 @ 2:12 pm
Yeah, I don’t particularly like Zac’s new fetish with EDM and Dance stuff, but as long as he keeps it a side project and doesn’t bring it back to ZBB I’ll be happy. It kind of seems like the rest of the band wanted to get back to Country after Jekyll & Hyde…They announced that ZBB’s next album will get “Back to their roots.” I guess we can only keep our fingers crossed that they do.
January 3, 2017 @ 10:16 am
I’ve heard that Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen are recording Hold My Beer vol. 2 this month. I’d assume it’d be released later this year.
Clay Walker said back in fall of 2015 that he had an album nearly ready. Hasn’t been released yet, so hoping this is the year.
January 3, 2017 @ 10:19 am
so basically not shit to look forward to.
January 3, 2017 @ 2:34 pm
Yep, Seth, you’re right. That whole list is nothing but shit. SMFH.
January 3, 2017 @ 10:20 am
Band of Heathens Duende is out January 13th if no one mentioned it, Wade solo and another Hold My Beer (but no dates yet)
January 3, 2017 @ 10:33 am
Tyler Childers should have a new record this year, I’ll try to confirm when I see him at a couple shows in Florida this weekend. Hop onboard the bandwagon before he blows up…He’s that good!
January 9, 2017 @ 8:21 am
This is what I clicked on the article hoping to read. Really bummed out that I couldn’t make his NYE show in Huntington, WV. Really hope you get some confirmation out of him!
January 9, 2017 @ 8:44 am
He confirmed that he will have a new record out, hopefully this spring. He cut it in 2016 and it sounds like he is trying to figure out the best way to release.
January 3, 2017 @ 10:53 am
Tyler Childers is pretty exciting, I would like to get that. The comments section is almost more exciting than the article; Jason Boland, Wade & Randy. Now if Jamey Johnson would get off his current kick, maybe Shooter could release an actual country album, and Hank III get in the studio this could be a pretty interesting year.
What about Justin Wells, that song of the year is actually a couple years old now. I overlooked him for awhile after fifth, didn t even put two and two together.
Thanks for the info.
January 3, 2017 @ 11:11 am
Why does Whitey Morgan take so long between albums, especially considering he doesn’t write much of his material? 2 studio projects in 7 years?? Perhaps it just makes financial sense to just tour 250 days a year & not invest in recording?
January 3, 2017 @ 11:36 am
I can’t speak for Whitey, but I know that the time between his last two albums may have been elongated due to his departure from Bloodshot Records. I have heard rumblings that he might be working with some other songwriters for a new project. Don’t have any more info but I wouldn’t rule out a Whitey project in late 2017.
January 3, 2017 @ 12:28 pm
Whitey’s steel guitar player just said that they’re heading into the studio next month.
January 6, 2017 @ 3:04 pm
Whitey’s Facebook said recordings should be wrapped up around March/April timeframe
January 3, 2017 @ 11:24 am
I’ve probably missed news of what’s going on with Jamey Johnson, but was sorry to see no mention here that new music from him might be on the way.
January 3, 2017 @ 11:34 am
I would not hold your breath on new Jamey Johnson music. His last missive on the subject, “I’d rather not get into that right now.”
January 4, 2017 @ 7:18 pm
I was hoping for some kind of news on the JJ front, too.
Your post hear is the last thing I heard on the subject.
I’m seeing him live in Milwaukee next month.
Not that he says much from the stage, but if he makes any mention, I’ll let y’all know.
January 3, 2017 @ 11:25 am
I’m not excited about Alison Krauss without Union Station. Their last project was the best thing i heard in my whole life.
January 3, 2017 @ 2:14 pm
I would tend to agree about missing Union Station, although the positive is that anything Ms. Krauss sings is alright in my book.
January 3, 2017 @ 11:33 am
Little Big Town “The Breaker” in February, Big & Rich new cd will come out sometime in 2017. Have you anything about Gretchen Wilson lately?
January 5, 2017 @ 2:46 pm
I think I read somewhere that they signed with Thirty Tiger for this Album. I haven’t listened to their latest Album Gravity outside of a song or two Hillbilly Jedi Sucked so bad it kind of turned me off of them.
January 3, 2017 @ 11:42 am
I will definitely buy Rhiannon Giddens and Steve Earle and possible Jason Isbell.
January 3, 2017 @ 11:45 am
Tennessee Jet just released his new one
January 3, 2017 @ 12:06 pm
The Mavericks first week of April believe titled Brand New Day.
January 3, 2017 @ 12:22 pm
Hate that there’s no Gary Allan or Jamey Johsnon news reported.
January 3, 2017 @ 12:34 pm
I have heard that the new Steve Earle is going to be in the same style as Guitar Town. That would be outstanding. That record has never left me side, so to speak.
I expect it won’t take long for the album to be released. I don’t think Steve can afford to slow down.
January 4, 2017 @ 12:06 pm
Steve’s album is finished and will be out in June. It is being produced by Richard Bennett, who was the producer on Guitar Town and was essential to the sound (like the six string bass riff on the title track), and Ray Kennedy, who co-produced Steve’s late 90s albums. That all bodes well! I am definitely anticipating this one. Here is a bit from Bennett’s blog:
“I just got home from twelve great days in Austin, Texas producing a new album for my old friend Steve Earle. Steve wanted to record at the legendary Arlyn Studio down there so off we went. He’s written one of his finest records in a long line of great albums. We used his band, The Dukes, and they are as fine a bunch of musicians as you’ll find… made my job a breeze. I didn’t play… didn’t need to, and was able to sit on the opposite side of the double glass and really focus on the overall picture. The recordings went down live including Steve’s vocals and there was very little in the way of repair work. Steve’s longtime engineer and often co-producer Ray Kennedy was on board behind the recording console and this stuff sounds terrific. Ray and I began mixing today, will continue through the holidays and hope to have it wrapped up the middle of January. We recorded sixteen studio tracks in six days followed by two live shows at Austin’s famed Continental Club which were also recorded for possible use later. The album is sched’d for a June 2017 release on Warner Bros. Records.”
Based on pictures from the sessions posted by Steve’s tour manager the album will feature a duet or harmonies by Miranda Lambert and Johnny Bush, as well as Willie. Steve also has a new tribute to Guy Clark, though I am not sure if it will be on the album (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhR8nSaVdGk)
January 4, 2017 @ 12:27 pm
January 3, 2017 @ 12:42 pm
Drew Kennedy – At Home In The Big Lonesome recorded at The Sound Emporium. Based on newsletter updates, he is wrapping up the record. No release date.
January 3, 2017 @ 12:54 pm
It looks like 2017 is shaping up to be great great year for music. I’m especially excited about Rhiannon Giddens and Alison Krauss. Also, hopefully the rumors about Stapleton are true. It seems pretty likely as it’s been almost two years since Traveller. Laws of Gravity by The Infamous Stringdusters comes out on the 13th of this month. I saw something on Facebook a couple days ago from Maddie & Tae saying they’ll have new music sometime this year. I also seem to remember hearing about new music from First Aid Kit, but I just checked their Facebook and Twitter and didn’t see it. Can’t remember where I saw it. Maybe I’m confusing them with someone else. Has anyone else heard anything?
January 3, 2017 @ 8:28 pm
A couple others I forgot to mention before are new albums from Carolina Story and Caleb Caudle. Not sure exactly when they’ll be released but both were successfully crowdfunded.
January 7, 2017 @ 9:37 am
Yeah, I heard FAK was in the studio, but that’s all I’ve heard. I’m watching, though.
January 3, 2017 @ 1:21 pm
Saw Justin Payne last month at a Colter Wall show. He told me he’s got an album due out late winter / early spring and if I’m not mistaken Colter helped him out with it. Looking forward to that!
January 3, 2017 @ 1:30 pm
The new Delbert McClinton album is actually called “Prick Of The Litter.”
January 3, 2017 @ 2:08 pm
Rumor has it Kip Moore will be releasing a new album in 2017! Don’t know what your thoughts are on Kip, but I think he’s fantastic and I’m excited.
Also, Zac Brown Band has said they’re releasing a new album in 2017 and they’re “Getting back to their roots.” Fingers crossed they don’t screw it up like they did to Jekyll & Hyde.
January 3, 2017 @ 2:16 pm
No rumors to add, but I’m definitely looking forward to the new Gibson Brothers album next month.
January 3, 2017 @ 2:29 pm
Excited for Colter Wall, I think he could have a big year. Discovered him from your website and saw him perform in an auto shop garage last year in Arkansas. Very talented and humble guy. His performance was also filmed for Jay Z’s Tidal, never did find out the connection between the two?
January 3, 2017 @ 2:43 pm
I’m producing a Linda Gail Lewis record (it’s coming out great btw) not working on one of my own. Thanks for noticing, though! – robbie
January 3, 2017 @ 2:53 pm
Thanks for the update, I’ve added this information. That’s why we call it the “Rumor Mill” 😉
January 3, 2017 @ 4:29 pm
Hey there, Robbie! I just bought upland stories and loved it!
January 3, 2017 @ 3:16 pm
Can’t wait for the new Biram and Black joe lewis albums! Also, i’ll believe the Boomswaglers new release when I see it haha.
January 3, 2017 @ 3:51 pm
Cody jinks said on facebook a few weeks ago that he would be releasing new music this year. Unclear if he was referring to an album or just a single.
Also, while we’re waiting for new music from Isbell, I recommend checking out his new song color of a cloudy day for anyone who has not already done so.
January 4, 2017 @ 10:00 am
“Also, while we’re waiting for new music from Isbell, I recommend checking out his new song color of a cloudy day for anyone who has not already done so.”
Any idea where that song could be heard? I tried YouTube and came up with nothing–thanks!
January 4, 2017 @ 11:42 am
Here’s a link.
January 4, 2017 @ 3:21 pm
Thank you Mike!
January 3, 2017 @ 3:55 pm
A new Sunny Sweeney album? Hell yeah!! Fingers crossed that we also get new Kacey Musgraves and Ashley Monroe music as well. And hopefully the new Gary Allan album will also be released in 2017.
January 3, 2017 @ 4:32 pm
No intel, but I’m guessing a solo Evan Felker might be coming down the pipeline. To my surprise, he’s got a shit load of solo songs out there mostly on compilations. And he’s doing a mini solo tour with Rhett Miller (who loves his solo projects). But, it’s just a guess.
January 3, 2017 @ 7:23 pm
Going Jan 18, to see solo with Rhett Miller. Can’t wait.
January 3, 2017 @ 4:32 pm
“I also seem to remember hearing about new music from First Aid Kit…”
I’ve not even heard any rumors . And even if I did hear any I wouldn’t trust them. I’m shure they will make an statement on Twitter or Instagram when It’s time…
And when an album do come i doubt it will sound anything like “The Lions Roar” or “Stay Gold” because if it does, then, at least the Swedish critics, will slaughter them.
And besides, their fans are also a bit polarized over these two albums. And if you read the comments you will see some fans want them to go more folk, some wants more pop and others more Country.
And their latest public appearance was in a quiz show in Swedish television.
they sang a cover of “The Gambler” and I think all fans got a little bit of that
they wanted… Well…maybe not their folk fans… 🙂 🙂 🙂
But I’m not that enthusiastic about this cover. (Too much pop for me). And I don’t
think this singing style suits them, they should go back to do that way do best: Harmonize…
January 3, 2017 @ 8:21 pm
Thanks for clearing that up. I found the article where I got the idea:
Basically they recorded one song at Jack White’s Third Man Studios and the writer of the article hoped that was a sign of new music on the way. That planted the seed in my mind. Why would the Swedish critics slaughter them? Did they not like The Lion’s Roar and Stay Gold?
January 4, 2017 @ 10:21 am
“Basically they recorded one song at Jack White’s Third Man Studios and the writer of the article hoped that was a sign of new music on the way”
I’ve read that article too. They recorded a song in Jack White’s vintage recording booth… But as far as I know they only did it for fun…So this sentence from the article: “It was recorded in Jack White’s Third Man Studios.” is a bit missleading… And in at least one newspaper in Sweden has this booth recording become a single produced by Jack White… 🙂
“Why would the Swedish critics slaughter them? Did they not like The Lion’s Roar and Stay Gold?”
This question will be a bit more complicated to answer. But I’ll try.
In 2013 a reporter asked Johanna if she was surprised when “The Lions Roar” went straight to number one on the Swedish chart. And she answered that she was because “Our kind of music isn’t the kind that usualy top the charts in Sweden” And she was right. Normaly an album like “The Lion’s Roar” would probably have been ignored just like their debut album was.
I remember reading an Swedish review, (about five sentence long), of their first album, where the album was dismissed in one sentence with : “This album smells waaaay too much Country”..!? It was a completely ridiculous review because the album had virtually nothing to do with Country. (Perhaps with the exception of “Ghost Town” And I think the main reason was not as much about what the reviewer heard on the album as to the fact that they (FAK) often talked about Country Music.
I’ve also read an American review of the same album and this reviewer also wrote it down. But for a different,( and more correct), reason. “She wrote something similar to this: “Even if the singing on this album is beautiful. This album as a whole feels like cover of old folk music that has been done before and better than this”
Something obvious happened between their first album and “The Lion’s Roar” And one thing is a lot of luck. And a lot of touring, in basically, the whole western world. (And before that 2008/2009 they toured in Europe)
And here comes the “lucky parts”. In 2009 they had already made a demo of there debut album wich they gave to Conor Oberst then he was playing in Stockholm. And a year later then they started their first US tour. He came and told them he liked their album. And he also phoned Mike Mogus and asked him to come and listen to them wich he did and then told them he wanted to produce them.
And the same year during a concert in Nashville Jack White called them and asked them to come to his studio and record a single…Wich they of course gladly did…
And in 2011 at the Polar music Prize awards they played a cover of “Dancing Barefoot” for Patti Smith which left her in tears. And of course gave them a lot of attention in Sweden…https://youtu.be/rJkbShz3c9Q?t=3m27s
In short they got a lot of attention between 2010 and 2012 and if it wasn’t for all this attention I doubt that “The Lion’s Roar” would have become the success it turned out to be. And nor would “Stay Gold”.
And some Swedish Music Critics have dismissed them as: “A sweet girlie band who are playing sweet girlie pop with bland lyrics…”
And in Sweden if you do two albums in row that sound almost the same. Then the second album is bound to getting bad reviews no matter how good reviews the first album got. Because you must “evolve”…
And finally i would like to say this: No matter how their new record will turn out. I will love them forever for the albums they have made because i love all their recordings. Even if I don’t consider them Country and I’m even a bit hesitant to consider them “Americana”
Here is a link to a short, half an hour long, documentary about them. With English subs, but unfortunately poor video quality and the subs are poorly done, in particular the timing. It’s from 2012 when they were still touring in a van.
January 5, 2017 @ 1:28 pm
Thanks for all the info. I find it interesting that some critics don’t like them for being too country, while others dismiss them for being a girlie pop band, especially since neither is true. It’s pretty sad that so many music critics have no clue what they’re talking about. You’d think someone who makes their living as a music critic would have at least some knowledge of music styles. Like you said, they’re not country, with the exception of a couple songs as well as some live covers. They’re definitely not “girlie pop.” I hope they release new music soon and just do what they want and not worry about what some ignorant critics say.
Thanks for sharing the documentary. Also, speaking of bringing Patti Smith to tears, there’s a couple videos where Emmylou Harris is moved by their performances. One is them performing their song Emmylou and the other is a cover of her song Red Dirt Girl. You’ve probably seen these, but for the benefit of anyone who hasn’t, here’s the links:
January 6, 2017 @ 10:13 am
“I hope they release new music soon and just do what they want and not worry about what some ignorant critics say.”
I hope so too. But while waiting for it so I look forward to Rhiannon Giddens and Steve Earle…. I’m also tinking about buying Courtney Marie Andrews “Honest Life”.
And I’ve of course heard (and seen) their cover of “Red Dirt Girl”, (But thanks anyway for the links), and although they sang it flawlessly, it sounds a bit “poppy” to me, or perhaps more accurately, less “rootsy”, compared to how Emmylou sings it. this is not meant as criticism. They are after all from Sweden and they sing it the way that is most naturally for them.
I’ve heard a lot of Swedish “Country band” and they almost always tries to sing with a southern accent, and often exaggerating it to a point there it just sound phony. And I’m glad that First Aid Kit for most of the time have avoided this…
And I hope they continue to do so…But still, I’m a bit worried about how the next album will turn out. And I will really be amazed if they can make a fourth album that is as good as the other three. And yes I know that their first album was a bit amateurish in many ways compared to “The Lion’s Roar” and “Stay Gold”, if I look at the album objectively. (Wich a reviewer of course have to do. But I’m no reviewer…)
I mean Klara, who wrote most of the lyrics, were only 16 and Johanna 18 when they wrote the songs for that album. And the recording were made, with lend equipment, in Joanna’s bedroom…
But to be honest I have two issues with it. One is that there are too much echo. And I have feeling that most of the songs are probably derived from other songs. Even if I haven’t been able identify any of those songs they do sound familiar…
Here is link to that album if you haven’t heard it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NQqRWZsIjk
Now I’ve to stop before this also turn into a minor novel and Trigger runs out of memory space… 🙂
January 11, 2017 @ 11:25 am
So it begins…
Now I’m just curious how it will end… 🙂 🙂
February 10, 2017 @ 11:12 am
Today FAK have made their first interview in a long while. They are in Portland
Oregon. And told the interviewer that they: “have come quite far in the process” of making the new album. And that they:”been trying different sound and styles”
(Don’t know if that’s a good or bad sign) 🙂
They don’t want to tell who the producer is quite yet. Only that he is from Portland.
But there’s a rumor about it being Peter Buck but I highly doubt that… 🙂
I think it’s this guy: https://www.instagram.com/p/BPVn9C0FJ4q/?taken-by=firstaidkit
but I don’t recognize him.
They are also gonna make som kind of a attribut to Leonard Coen at “The Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm” in Mars. It’s called: “WHO BY FIRE? First Aid Kit & friends: a tribute to Leonard Cohen.” But It will most likely not be just a concert
since there are also two actors from the theatre taking part. There will presumably
be some poetry reading as well…
They have also been singing harmony on a debut EP by a Swedish singer called
Jesper Lindell. This is a video with one song from it. Recordet at FAK’s home in Stockholm.
He stumble a little bit in the beginning of the song but after that it becomes quite good. Here is a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFVjIrQ3Jz4
Sorry Trigger for using your site as a Bilboard… 🙂
January 3, 2017 @ 5:03 pm
New Scott H Biram…the H stands for F&@ You. He never disappoints. Get out and see him live. The dirty old one man band…
January 3, 2017 @ 5:06 pm
In early November, Allison Moorer put out a Facebook post saying that she and her sister Shelby Lynne had finally recorded an album together and that it would come out some time in 2017, probably late summer/early fall.
January 3, 2017 @ 5:11 pm
The one that I am looking out for is Tift’s album. For my money, hands down, regardless of genre, she is the best female singer to come along in this century.
January 3, 2017 @ 6:16 pm
I want a new Joseph Huber album and new Hank3 with a tour… I have given up on Huber ever playing near me but the Hank3 show is always the best night of the year and it’s been TOO long!
mary c hayden
January 3, 2017 @ 6:38 pm
Hoping for a label and new album from Scotty McCreery. He has been saying new single soon and album this year
January 3, 2017 @ 7:27 pm
Courtney Patton and Jason Eady‘s collaborative album “Something Together” is available to stream on Amazon Unlimited, but is not on Spotify.
January 3, 2017 @ 8:18 pm
Well I just cut a song in the studio a few weeks ago and it’ll be out in the coming months! Hoping to have an ep out by the end of the year!
January 3, 2017 @ 9:53 pm
What? Still no Jamey Johnson!?!? What does it take…
Hurtin for Real
January 3, 2017 @ 10:10 pm
I see on Amazon that Fred Eaglesmith has “Standard” out on January 27. I can’t find much info on it, but a great album cover it has. This list is helpful – thanks, Trigger.
Hurtin for Real
January 3, 2017 @ 10:17 pm
John Prine mentioned in an interview with The Guardian in late 2016 that he expects to release an album of new material in 2017. We know that this might mean it’ll come out in 2022, but we know he’s got a bunch of new songs he’s working on. I’m happy about that.
January 3, 2017 @ 10:17 pm
Very excited for the Rhiannon Giddens album, and for having more time in general to listen to new music.
January 3, 2017 @ 10:58 pm
Any news on the these bands?
January 4, 2017 @ 12:15 am
Not really. Turnpike is pretty notorious for taking long periods between albums, and Hellbound always seems to be planning a new album but can’t count on it until it’s in your hand.
January 4, 2017 @ 10:11 am
Trig, take it for what it’s worth, but I watched the Troubadours back in July and got to speak with their sound guy before the show. He told me all of the songs for the next album are written and they just have to find time to get into the studio to record it. He couldn’t give me a timetable, but one would think if they could make time to record it this first part of the year that it could be available for a fall release. At least that’s what we can hope for.
January 4, 2017 @ 10:20 am
Good info. We’ll have to see if it bear’s out.
Frank the Tank
January 4, 2017 @ 2:52 am
I’m really looking forward to Sunny Sweeney (I listen to her first album a lot), Jason Eady/Courtney Patton (I just discovered Jason Eady a couple of months ago and I can’t stop listening to his stuff) and Marty Stuart.
January 4, 2017 @ 8:20 am
Jack Ingram said on FB the other day that he has a finished record waiting to be released–no other info given though.
January 4, 2017 @ 9:40 am
Jamey Johnson and Allison Krauss have collaborated a lot recently. When you referred to their relationship, did you mean in a musical sense, or romantic, or both. I don’t know if she has a husband or anything. Anyways Jamey Johnson needs to actually talk to the press and tell us what the deal is. He’s one of my very favorites
January 4, 2017 @ 10:06 am
January 4, 2017 @ 10:16 am
Whatever happened to the Ugly Valley Boys
January 4, 2017 @ 10:20 am
Good question. They’re both local guys with full-time jobs, and sometimes life gets in the way. Hopefully they release another record eventually.
January 4, 2017 @ 11:59 am
No new material from David Allan Coe or Jamey Johnson?
January 4, 2017 @ 11:59 am
Angaleena Presley has been in the studio for a new album at the end of 2016. No official news on a release date but I’d like to imagine it coming out sometime in the next 361 days.
January 4, 2017 @ 2:01 pm
Old Crow mentioned at their NYE show in Nashville that they will be releasing 2 new albums in addition to their greatest hits. I believe in May and August, but don’t hold me to that. They played new stuff at the show and it sounded pretty good.
January 4, 2017 @ 4:29 pm
The thing about artists is they’re always planning to release more new music than they actually do. Not saying they’re liars or anything, but they get really excited about sharing new stuff, while the industry really isn’t designed to release two records from the same artist in a 12 month span, especially when they’re released a Greatest Hits title too. Who knows, it still may happen. But I always am cautious when I hear artists talking about new music, especially when they talk in multiples.
January 4, 2017 @ 7:21 pm
Jonathan Parkers third album will be out in early 2017 and will be his best yet.
Hurtin for Real
January 5, 2017 @ 10:01 pm
I now see Rodney Crowell has an album out March 31, called Close Ties, on the New West label.
January 6, 2017 @ 1:51 pm
Just watched the video for “It Ain’t Over Yet”. He’s joined by John Paul White (Civil Wars) and ex-wife Rosanne Cash. The song, personal lyrics, and video are all stellar, as to be expected from these fine artists.
January 6, 2017 @ 12:52 pm
Evan Ogden- For Hire is set to release early 2017
January 6, 2017 @ 8:14 pm
Just confirmed with Tyler Childers, late spring is the expected time for a new record.
January 7, 2017 @ 10:49 am
Rumor has it that Jennifer Warnes will have a new project out this year, but they are hush hush on details. Some say it will be more roots oriented, but with the death of her mentor Leonard Cohen it could have a more Famous Blue Raincoat feel. I would love more country music from her, but she is so eclectic we will have to wait
January 8, 2017 @ 2:21 pm
Hopefully this will finally be the year that Clay Walker and Gary Allan release their new albums. The wait has been too long Lila McCann is also working on her new project, Paint This Town. http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/lilamccann
Hopefully we’ll also see a new album from Rick Trevino, who released a new single called “Cowboys Like Me” late last year.
January 14, 2017 @ 4:17 pm
Pokey LaFarge has a new Album coming out “Manic Revelation” though Rounder Records no word on when though.
August 8, 2017 @ 7:42 pm
Lee Ann Womack said at her show last Saturday that she’s releasing a new album in October. It’s going to be good, based on the one song she played from it.
Also…Alabama spent 15 minutes advertising themselves before actually taking the stage. I’ve never seen anything so tacky. Besides I was cold due to not wearing a sweater or socks, so I left after the first song. Crazy.
August 8, 2017 @ 8:03 pm
I thought Alabama retired from touring??