Most Anticipated Country & Roots Albums for 2nd Half of 2020
Keeping up with all the releases in the country and roots realm is hard enough. COVID-19 has made it even more difficult with numerous delays and postponements on big titles, along with many artists waiting to announce their new records with all the uncertainty in the marketplace.
However there are still many important records coming up in the 2nd half of 2020, and it’s more important than ever that these artists and titles are supported, and not unfairly penalized just because their release dates fall amid a pandemic. So here are Saving Country Music’s “Most Anticipated” upcoming releases, along with a deeper list of known projects in the offing, along with the always exciting “rumor mill.” Even more so than normal, release dates these days are almost like moving targets, so all information is subject to change.
Hint: Bookmark this page, and come back on Fridays to make sure you don’t miss anything important. This list will be updated periodically under the “confirmed releases” heading when new albums are announced, though older albums won’t be removed from the list so people can look back at what they might have missed.
PLEASE NOTE: No artist or album was overlooked, snubbed, or disregarded here. If you know of an album that is going to be released that you believe is of interest to country and roots music, please feel free to share the information below in the comments section for the benefit of everyone.
Mike & The Moonpies – Touch of You – The Lost Songs of Gary Stewart – May 28th
Mike and the Moonpies were put in touch with Gary Stewart’s daughter Shannon, as well as Tommy Schwartz who runs Stewart’s estate, and the idea for Touch of You – The Lost Songs of Gary Stewart came together. “What they sent to me was about 20 songs of Gary’s unreleased that we were going to choose from, and maybe do one or two of them. But we decided to do a full on 10 song record of those songs,” says Mike Harmeier.
Anyone who knows both the Gary Stewart catalog and Mike and the Moonpies knows that Stewart was a primary influence on the band. Back during the band’s days of playing extended sets in Austin honky tonks, many Gary Stewart songs made it into the rotation. (read more)
Jaime Wyatt – Neon Cross – May 29th
Few performers in the last few years have embodied the Outlaw honky tonk spirit and injected it with a dose of West Coast and Bakersfield flavor like Jaime Wyatt. That’s one of the reasons her debut country EP Felony Blues ended up being nominated for the Saving Country Music 2017 Album of the Year. Full of grit and honesty, it was the true story of getting busted for robbing her heroin dealer and ending up in a California penitentiary that put a potency behind her music few others can present.
Now she’s back with a full LP called Neon Cross to be released by New West records on May 29th, and is once again being as honest and unapologetically country as ever, damn what the public thinks. Produced by regular tour mate Shooter Jennings, Wyatt bares her soul in 11 songs with appearances by Shooter, and his mom Jessi Colter. (read more)
John Baumann – Country Shade – June 5th
John Baumann has made a name for himself by releasing quality songs such as “The Country Doesn’t Sound The Same” off the new album. It’s this attribute that Kenny Chesney found when choosing to record “Gulf Moon” on his last record, or what had Saving Country Music naming Baumann’s “Old Stone Church” as a nominee for the 2017 Song of the Year.
John Baumann has also earned the mutual admiration of his songwriting peers. He’s currently a member of the supergroup The Panhandlers with Cleto Cordero, William Clark Green, and Josh Abbott. He also recorded another song that sticks up for country music a couple of years back called “Country Music’s Dead” with Mike and the Moonpies.
Hellbound Glory – Pure Scum – June 5th
Get as hot and bothered as you want about the newest names hitting the independent country scene, but those who know their stuff know that Leroy Virgil and Hellbound Glory are the some of the original country insurgents of the modern era who helped turn country music upside down, and open the doors for many of today’s heavy hitters.
There’s a reason 2010’s Old Highs and New Lows was considered the #4 Album of the Decade around these parts, and it’s not because of Leroy’s good looks and charm. It’s that he can write most anyone under the table, and we’re not talking nursery rhymes. A purveyor of what he’s referred to as “Scumbag Country” over the years, it’s stories from the seedy underbelly of life, but ones that aren’t light on the wordplay and wisdom. (read more)
Kyle Nix – Lightning on the Mountain & Other Short Stories – June 26th
Kyle Nix has never sung lead on a Turnpike Troubadours album, and rarely sings on stage aside from harmonies, perhaps leading some to believe he was a fiddle player, and a fiddle player only. But he’s been holding out on us big time. Lightning on the Mountain isn’t just a regular record. It has a whopping 17 tracks, and the LP version is a double vinyl. Kyle Nix not only wrote every song on the record except for one traditional, he made this solo debut conceptualized with deep storytelling, personal accounts, and stories he’s picked up from the road, all presented in a Spaghetti Western theme.
Oh, and possibly the best part is that the backing band is none other than Ryan Engleman, RC Edwards, Gabe Pearson, and Hammerin’ Hank Early—in other words, the Turnpike Troubadours. Recorded in Norman, Oklahoma with Wes Sharon as producer, it also features guest musicians such as Ian Moore, Byron Berline, Kevin Foster (of Jason Eady and Sunny Sweeney fame), and Dan Walker, known for playing keys for Heart. (read more)
Corb Lund – Agricultural Tragic – June 26th
Hold onto your muk lucks because The Hurtin’ Albertans with Corb Lund at the helm will be releasing a new album come April 24th called Agricultural Tragic via New West Records. His first original studio record in five years and his 10th overall, the title is indicative of the theme of the new record, and also defines the approach to country music that Corb Lund has always taken as a rancher from rural Alberta attempting to interface with an increasingly modern world.
“I worked really hard on this album—harder than I’ve ever worked before,” Corb Lund says. “This time around I took my time and wrote more songs, rehearsed more with the band, and explored sounds much more deeply. It took some time, but I’m really proud of this one and I’m excited to finally be able to share it.” (read more)
Willie Nelson – First Rose of Spring – July 3rd
Willie Nelson will release his triumphant 70th studio album called First Rose of Spring via Sony’s Legacy imprint. Seceding much of the songwriting to others on this effort aside from a couple of tunes, the title track comes from the pen of Randy Houser, Allen Shamblin, and Mark Beeson, and has been released ahead of the record.
Also appearing in the songwriting credits is Billy Joe Shaver with “We Are The Cowboys,” Chris Stapleton’s “Our Song,” “I’m The Only Hell My Mama Ever Raised” popularized by Johnny Paycheck, and Toby Keith’s “Don’t Let The Old Man In,” which originally appearing in the soundtrack for the Clint Eastwood film The Mule. It perfectly encapsulates the Tao of Willie, who is still touring strong and releasing records at the age of 87. (read more)
Ray Wylie Hubbard – Co-Starring – July 10th
Ray Wylie has parleyed his many years of peddling mad influence in country and roots music into a collaborative album hosting a heavy dose of cool names. Called Co-Starring, it will be released on July 10th via Big Machine (yes, that Big Machine), and is preceded by the new song “Bad Trick” that itself sees Ringo Starr, Don Was, Joe Walsh, and Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes all show up to support Hubbard.
Other names that lend their services to the all-powerful and-knowing Wylie Llama include Ashley McBryde, Pam Tillis, Ronnie Dunn, Aaron Lee Tasjan, The Cadillac Three, Paula Nelson, Elizabeth Cook, Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown, Larkin Poe, and Peter Rowan. (read more)
Joshua Ray Walker – Glad You Made It – July 10th
Dallas native Joshua Ray Walker impressed many with his debut album Wish You Were Here in 2019. And now he’s back with another State Fair Records release.
Walker and producer John Pedigo recorded the album by first tracking the sessions at Audio Dallas, capturing everything on two-inch reel-to-reel tape and working with the same musicians who appeared on his first album. From there, they went to Nashville where they set up a makeshift studio in an Airbnb and finished the album with contributions from numerous musical luminaries, including pedal steel player Adam Kurtz, singer/songwriter Mallory Eagle, slide guitarist Wade Cofer, and bluegrass picker Gaven Largent.
Lori McKenna – The Balladeer – July 24th
Lori McKenna is a hit country songwriter and a heralded Americana performer, and whenever a new song emerges with her name on it, you’re smart to take a pause from whatever trifle you’re busy with, and listen.
Her new album called The Balladeer will arrive on on July 24th via CN Records and Thirty Tigers, and will include 10 news songs, most of which were written solely by McKenna herself, and three with her well-known troika that also includes Hillary Lindsey and Liz Rose, known affectionately by many as the Love Junkies. This will be music for adults, by adults, just like most of Lori McKenna’s recent offerings. (read more)
Courtney Marie Andrews – Old Flowers – July 24th
Courtney Marie Andrews is quickly becoming one of the most cherished songbirds of our generation. With a beautiful warbling voice, and and a wonderful talent for composing songs for it, she won the UK Americana International Artist of the Year in 2018, and has become one of the most sought after performers in the folk/Americana realm.
Courtney Marie will be returning with her latest record called Old Flowers via Fat Possum Records, and though Andrews has been by playing more electric guitar and exploring the soul side of her influences on recent tours, this record promises to go in a significantly different direction. Old Flowers will only feature three players total, including Courtney. (read more)
Mo Pitney – Ain’t Lookin’ Back – August 15th
If you think all major label artists are built the same, you don’t know Mo. Before Chris Stapleton blew up unexpectedly, before Jon Pardi hit it big, Mo Pitney was one of the few major label artists that gave us faith in country music’s future. Some fiddling around and foot dragging with his career by Curb Records took a bit of his early momentum away. But Piney remains one of the more promising performers in country music with a great voice, great picking skills, and an ear for songs that lean towards the traditional.
Produced by Jim “Moose” Brown, Jamey Johnson makes a guest appearance on the opening track. Along with Pitney co-writing seven of the songs himself, the album also features songwriters Paul Overstreet, Tim Nichols, Matt Jenkins, Trevor Rosen, Matt Ramsey, Billy Montana, Jimmy Yeary, Mark Nesler, Tom Douglas, and others. (read more)
OTHER CONFIRMED RELEASES
Gaslighter by The Dixie Chicks was slated for early May release, but have been postponed with no new release dates announced.
Doc Watson and Gaither Carlton – May 29th
Siren Songs – Self-Titled – May 29th
G.F. Patrick – One Town Over – May 29th
Rusticator – Between Lines – May 29th
Teddy Thompson – Heartbreaker Please – May 29th
Kip Moore- A Wild World– May 29th
Nell & Jim Band – Western Sun – May 29th
Jake Blount – Spider Tales – May 29th
Victor Camozzi – Black Dog – July 4th
Jerry Castle – Midnight Testaments – June 5th
The Harmed Brothers – Across The Waves – June 5th
Paisley Fields – Electric Park Ballroom – June 5th
Sarah Jarosz – World on the Ground – June 5th
Bryan James – Politics or Religion – June 11th
John Craigie – Asterisk The Universe – June 12th
Kree Harrison – Chosen Family Tree – June 12th
Andrea & Mud – Bad News Darlin’ – June 12th
Port Near Sandstone – Rising Tide – June 12th
Nate Lee – Wings of a Jetliner – June 12th
Pert Near Sandstone – Rising Tide – June 12th
Rob Snyder – The Way That I Am – June 12th
Larkin Poe – Self Made Man – June 12th
Carolina Blue – Take Me Back – June 19th
Kristen Grainger and True North – Ghost Tattoo – June 19th
Buster Sledge – Spirit – June 19th
Clint Black – Out Of Sane – June 19th
The Boomswagglers – Heartbreaking Places in My Mind – June 19th
Don Bryant – You Make Me Feel – June 19th
Darlin’ Brando – Also, Too… – June 19th
Monte Warden & The Dangerous Few – Self-Titled – June 19th
Lauren Calve – Wildfire EP – June 23rd
Sarah Jane Nelson – I’m Not Broken – June 26th
The Dead Tongues – Transmigration Blues – June 26th
Mike Thomas – Three Reasons – June 26th
On The Road: A Tribute to John Hartford – June 26th
Prinz Grizzley – To My Green Mountains Home – June 26th
Rich O’Toole – New York – June 26th
Emily Duff – Born on the Ground – June 26th
Scroggins & Rose – Curios – June 26th
Will Hoge – Tiny Little Movies – June 26th
Kyle Keller – All It Does Is Rain – June 27th
Sterling Drake – Living Alone – June 30th
F. Scott and the Nighthawks – Outlaws – July 3rd
Cody Landress-Gibson – Self-Titled – July 3rd
Victor Camozzi – Black Dog – July 4th
Bobby Braddock – Country Music’s Greatest Lines [BOOK] – July 6th
Brett Eldredge – Sunday Drive – July 10th
Margo Price – That’s How Rumors Get Started – July 10th
Steve Rivers – American Side Hustle – July 10th
Nocona – Los Dos – July 10th
Jack The Radio – Creatures – July 10th
Samantha Crain – A Small Death – July 17th
S.G. Goodman – Old Time Feeling – July 17th
Anthony Garcia – Acres of Diamonds – July 17th
The Texas Gentlemen – Floor It!!! – July 17th
Brent Amaker DeathSquad – Hello – July 17th
Graham Bramblett – The Great Inbetween – July 17th
Scott Southworth – These Old Bones – July 20th
The Lucky Valentines – Horses – July 22nd
Cinder Well – No Summer – July 24th
Paul Haas – Long Time Gone – July 24th
Ted Russell Kamp – Down in the Den – July 24th
Rev. J. Mikhael Smith and the Brimstone Miracle – Dogwood Winter – July 24th
Bill Anderson – The Hits Re-Imagined – July 24th
The Danberry’s – Shine – July 24th
Mac McAnally – Once in a Lifetime – July 31st
Alf Hale – Seven – July 31st
Evan Ogden – Undone – July 31st
Charley Crockett – Welcome To Hard Times – July 31st
Maple Run Band – Self-Titled – July 31st
Mighty Joe Castro & the Gravamen – Come On Angels! – July 31st
Soul Butter – Front Porch Soul – August 1st
The Furious Seasons – La Fonda – August 7th
Golden Shoals – Self-Titled – August 7th
Scott Cook – Tangle of Souls – August 7th
Steven Bruce – Same Time, Same Place, Same Station – August 7th
Cary Morin – Dockside Saints – August 7th
Mary Chapin Carpenter – The Dirt and the Stars – August 7th
Carolina Blue – Take Me Back – August 7th
Market Junction – Burning Bridges – August 7th
Ashley Ray – Pauline – August 14th
Kathleen Edwards – Total Freedom – August 14th
Gangstagrass – No Time for Enemies – August 14th
Arlo McKinley – Die Midwestern – August 14th
Twisted Pine – Right Now – August 14th
The Selenites – Moon Madness – August 14th
Jeannie Seely – An American Classic – August 14th
Caylee Hammack – If It Wasn’t For You – August 14th
Skylar Gregg – Roses – August 14th
Kolby Cooper – Vol. 2 EP – August 15th
Red Dirt Girls – Self-Titled – August 19th
Chuck Prophet – The Land That Time Forgot – August 21st
Kree Harrison – Chosen Family Tree – August 21st
Eric Bolander – Window – August 21st
Mandy Barnett – A Nashville Songbook – August 21st
The Dillards – Old Road New Again – August 21st
Trummors – Dropout City – August 21st
Jonathan Terrell – Westward – August 24th
The Satin Cowboy & The Seven Deadly Sins – Self-Titled – August 25th
The Northern Belle – We Wither, We Bloom – August 28th
Back To Paradise: An Okie Tribute to Tulsa Music – August 28th
Ruston Kelly – Shape & Destroy – August 28th
Colter Wall – Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs – August 28th
Moe Bandy – A Love Like That – August 28th
Justin Wells – The United State – August 28th
Zephaniah OHora – Listening to the Music – August 28th
Molly Tuttle – but i’d rather be with you [Covers Album] – August 28th
The Allman Betts Band – Bless Your Heart – August 28th
The Avett Bros. – The Third Gleam – August 28th
The Ghost of Paul Revere – Good At Losing Everything – August 28th
Needtobreathe- Out Of Body – August 28th
Red Sammy – That Raging Heart – August 28th
Wood & Wire – No Matter Where It Goes From Here – August 28th
Rob Williams – Weathering The Storm – August 28th
Karen Jonas – The Southwest Sky and Other Dreams – August 28th
Heidi Newfield – The Barfly Sessions – August 28th
The Reeves Brothers – The Last Honky Tonk – August 28th
Pete Krebs – All My Friends Are Ghosts – August 29th
Grant-Lee Phillips – Show Us Your Stuff – September 4th
James Lee Baker – 100 Summers – September 4th
Brendan and the Strangest Ways – Are We Sure The Dawn Is Coming? – September 4th
Bronwyn Keith-Hynes – Fiddler’s Pastime – September 4th
Dirk Powell – When I Wait For You – September 4th
Billy Pilgrim – In The Time Machine – September 4th
Tennessee Jet – The Country – September 4th
Dustin Lee Martin – Halos & Smoke Rings – September 4th
Emily Barker – A Dark Murmuration of Words – September 4th
The Delta Spirit – What Is There – September 11th
MarDe Brooks – Running Out Of Time – September 11th
Two Bird Stone – Hands & Knees – September 11th
Waylon Payne – Blue Eyes, The Harlot, The Queer, The Pusher & Me – September 11th
Willie Nelson – Me and Sister Bobbie (Book) – September 15th
Joan Osborne – Trouble and Strife – September 18th
White Rose Motor Oil – You Can’t Kill Ghosts – September 18th
Kelly Swindall – You Can Call Me Darlin’ If You Want – September 18th
Elliot Brood – Keeper – September 18th
Brennen Leigh – Prairie Love Letter – September 18th
Roy Clark – Greatest Hits – September 18th
Red Dirt: Born in Oklahoma [Book] – September 19th
The Merles – Middle of the Night EP – September 22nd
Bella White – Just Like Leaving – September 25th
Andrew Grimm – A Little Heat – September 25th
Thomas Csorba – Self-Titled – September 25th
Bison Bone – Find Your Way Out – September 25th
Shannon LaBrie – Building – September 25th
Jason Nix – Money On You EP – September 25th
Jordan Tice – Motivational Speakeasy – September 25th
Skip Ewing – Wyoming – September 25th
Lydia Loveless – Daughter – September 25th
Band of Heathens – Stranger – September 25th
The War & Treaty – Hearts Town – September 25th
Mike McClure – Looking Up – September 25th
Joe Stamm Band – The Good & The Crooked (& The High & The Horny) – September 25th
Brent Cobb – Keep ‘Em On They Toes – October 2nd
49 Winchester – III – October 2nd
Bonnie Whitmore – Last Will and Testement – October 2nd
The Jensen Sisters – Yellow Frames – October 2nd
Jackson Emmer – Alpine Coda – October 2nd
Darlingside – Fish Pond Fish – October 9th
Suzi Ragsdale – Ghost Town EP – October 9th
Izzy Heltai – Father – October 9th
Great Peacock – Forever Worse Better – October 9th
EZ Shakes – The Spirit – October 9th
Malin Petterson- Wildhorse – October 16th
Mipso – Self-Titled – October 16th
Cordovas – Destiny Hotel – October 16th
Allman Brothers Band – The Best Show You Never Heard (Live) – October 16th
James Ellis – Country Lion – October 16th
Jamie O’Neal – Sometimes – October 16th
David Quinn – Letting Go – October 23rd
Teagan Stewart – Taste of My Heartbreak EP – October 23rd
Sam Morrow – Gettin’ By on Gettin’ Down – October 30th
Mike Lowry – Holding It Together EP – October 30th
Cam – The Otherside – October 30th
THE RUMOR MILL
George Jones recordings that were once used as bail collateral by two drug dealers are finally having the legal entanglements resolved, and could be coming to the public. (read more)
Zephanaiah OHora’s second album produced by Neal Casal should be announced shortly. Expect a late summer release.
Travis Tritt is planning a Dave Cobb-produced comeback record (read more).
Cody Jinks has a live record from Red Rocks on the way, as well as an acoustic record, potentially of covers songs.
Joe Nichols says he’s got a new traditional country record on the way.
Randall King has signed with Warner Nashville and released a couple of new singles. Expect the announcement on a major label debut to come soon. (read more)
Jessi Colter has a new album on the way produced by Margo Price. They were in the studio together in May 2019.
Sierra Ferrell has signed to Rounder Records, and if and when she announces a new album, it will immediately rocket to the top of the “most anticipated” heap. (read more)
New Charley Crockett record brewing, possibly mid/late summer. UPDATE: Welcome to Hard Times, July 31st.
Sarah Shook said on October 23rd, 2018 via social media, “Let it be known we are officially rehearsing for the next rekkid and we def gonna blow some minds bbs…”
Ward Davis is prepping a full LP to be released via Thirty Tigers.
Elizabeth Cook says that she has finished writing her next album.
Parker McCollum signed with Universal Music Nashville a while back, and has released a couple of singles ahead of an upcoming album.
Dwight Yoakam dropped two new songs in May of 2018, but no word if a new album to accompany them will be forthcoming.
Alan Jackson also released a new song “The Older I Get” in 2018, but no new news on a new record.
New Pat Reedy album called Make It Back Home coming. No release date yet.
The Shootouts recently recorded a song with Dale Watson at his home studio in Memphis, and a full album in Nashville with Chuck Mead producing. Album release late 2020 or early 2021.
Rachel Brooke has a new album finished. Stand by for more info.
James McMurtry has signed to New West Records. New record coming.
Joe Buck Yourself has re-emerged after a couple of years off the road, and says he has a new album on the way. (read more)
…and don’t be surprised if The Boomswagglers drop their much-anticipated new album sooner than later. Stay tuned.
May 26, 2020 @ 9:15 am
No comment on Sturgill’s recent pledge to release a record?
May 26, 2020 @ 9:29 am
I may have a dedicated article on this coming up, but I didn’t want to mention Sturgill here because that’s all that anyone would want to talk about. And even though I didn’t mention him that’s all that many will want to talk about anyway, which would be unfortunate to all the other artists mentioned here with exciting releases that have been confirmed. I have no confirmation Sturgill’s releasing a record in 2020. Even if I did, there’s no confirmation it would be a country or roots record. Even the stuff in the rumor mill, I at least have some concrete info that a record is on the way. I’m not even sure right now if Sturgill can legally release a record in 2020. There are some very specific reasons not only Saving Country Music, but other outlets are not reporting on Sturgill Simpson’s efforts at the moment (something he’s specifically pointed out himself). But it’s a complicated situation that deserves its own discussion.
May 26, 2020 @ 9:39 am
what’s the news there?
pumped for the new moonpies. if you can’t wait for the stuff on this list to come out, some things i’ve been grooving on that i haven’t seen mentioned here:
the national reserve – motel la grange
will courtney – crazy love
gus clark & the least of his problems – a bit of country music
d.h. scott – my body longed for the summer
lasers lasers birmingham – warning
gabriel kelly – s/t
hot buttered rum – something beautiful
songs from the road band – travelling show
will stewart – county seat
thieving birds – s/t
bonnie “prince” billy – i made a place
May 26, 2020 @ 6:11 pm
New ones by Tre Burt and Dave Simonett are two favorites of mine from this year.
The new Mapache is excellent too….kind of “american beauty” era grateful dead sound to it.
May 26, 2020 @ 7:08 pm
right on. the mapache sounds right up my alley. i’ll check them out. my picks are necessarily new releases, just new discoveries
May 26, 2020 @ 9:24 am
Boomswagglers! … And Pure Scum are exciting!
May 26, 2020 @ 4:48 pm
Shit a lot of these had me excited, and then I saw that part. Texted Spencer a picture as soon as i read it just saying “my man!!!” Lol
May 26, 2020 @ 9:29 am
I’m afraid Ill be posting this again next year, but what is going on with no release of any sort from Ben Haggard?
May 26, 2020 @ 9:32 am
After I posted an open letter to him last summer, he responded sort of alluding that something was in the works, but I haven’t really heard anything else since then. As soon as I have any information on that front I’ll be sharing it.
May 26, 2020 @ 9:32 am
Thieving Birds been putting out some new stuff. No word on full album to my knowledge
May 26, 2020 @ 10:44 am
Been awhile for them. Looking forward to a new release. Thanks.
May 26, 2020 @ 9:39 am
The Land That Time Forgot by my man Chuck Prophet drops on 8/21.
May 26, 2020 @ 12:21 pm
Jack, if you want it now it is on Bandcamp. Has been for a few weeks.
May 26, 2020 @ 9:52 am
Not that either of them are strictly roots artists (or need the push), but it may be worth mentioning that Neil Young is finally releasing “Homegrown,” a 1976 country rock album featuring Emmylou and others. And Bob Dylan has an album coming out named after a Jimmie Rodgers song and with a picture of Rodgers and the Carter Family in the gatefold.
May 26, 2020 @ 9:58 am
looking forward to both. neil more so, but bob can still put out good albums (live, ehhhh, not so much).
May 26, 2020 @ 10:07 am
the (live) show on his fall tour that I saw was way better than any of the 3 times I saw bob back in the day.
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May 26, 2020 @ 10:10 am
In The Pipeline:
– Rumer – Nashville Tears – Album – 08/14
British singer. Album release was pushed back. A couple of tracks are already available (“Hard Times For Lovers”, “The Song Remembers When”, “The Fate Of Fireflies”…).
All tracks were written or co-written by Hugh Prestwood.
A double-album vinyl will be relased too.
– The McClymonts – Mayhem To Madness – Album – 06/11
Australias favourite female country trio…the McClymont sisters. First single “I Got This” was a Top 10 hit.
– Jasmine Rae – Lion Side – Album – 07/23
Long awaited new album. Australian mainstream country star.
– Jody Direen – Smokin’ Ashes – Album – 07/03
Award winning artist from New Zealand with hits in Australia too.
– Gone West – Canyons – Album – 06/12
Mainstream country-pop group with nice harmony vocals & a Top 30 airplay hit (“What Could Have Been”).
– Clint Wilson – Another Death In The Family – Album – 09/10
– Chris Colston – Bombs Away – Album – 06/26
New artist from Texas with a couple of single releases.
Michelle Billingsley – Not The Marrying Kind – Album – 06/12
Mix of (traditional) country with folk.
Possible (Album or EP):
Adam Harvey – Australia – Traditional
Gareth Leach – Australia – Alt-Country
Della Harris – Australia – Mainstream/Retro
Lachlan Bryan& The Wildes – Australia – Alt-Country
Sammy White – Australia – 2020 winner Toyota Star Maker
Kylie Frey – Texas
Mike Ryan – Texas
Jody Booth – Texas
Curtis Grimes – Texas
Calamity Janes – Texas
David Adam Byrnes – Texas
May 26, 2020 @ 10:20 am
Will you do a review of Steve Earle’s new album Ghosts of West Virginia?
May 26, 2020 @ 10:51 am
The new Steve Earle album is definitely being considered for review. Though I have to say, with the way comments sections for polarizing characters( and sometimes non polarizing characters) continue to descent into chaos, it’s making me gun shy to even cover them.
May 26, 2020 @ 1:19 pm
Trigger, have you considered not offering comments on some articles to see if that improves things? I don’t know how that would impact your traffic, but if given the choice I would rather see a review of the new Earle album, without comments, than not doing the review at all.
Granted comments about that album might spill over into another article, but it seems like it might be some way to prevent the right-wing and left-wing trolls from taking over the comment section on a particular artist.
May 26, 2020 @ 12:39 pm
Really into Steve’s new album all about coal miners. It probably has more depth and thought put into it than most the albums that you listed.
May 26, 2020 @ 12:51 pm
Agree with you on the Steve Earle album. An album like that is right in his wheelhouse and he delivered on it. It is well done.
I also see Trigger’s point, any review will get the standard “He is an awful new York libtard eilte”, etc. and discussion of the album will be secondary.
May 26, 2020 @ 10:32 am
Some djs just got the Scott Southworth download. I listened to the single Brown Liquor and its killer. Single wiil be released next Tuesday.
May 26, 2020 @ 10:47 am
Looking forward to several of these. Especially curious about Ward Davis new album. He has lived off the hype of being Cody Jinks’ buddy for awhile without any real solid output. This album should prove or not if the hype is real.
May 26, 2020 @ 11:18 am
A must-read post for quality country music lovers! The new album of Rich O’ Toole, New York, will be released on June 26th.
May 26, 2020 @ 11:36 am
Some great music to come. Intrigued by the comments on Sturgill Simpson. He has never really impressed me but others will have a different opinion. I think some of his music is pretty good but he is nowhere near in the same league as Cody Jinks for me ……The Mike and the Moonpies album of Gary Steward songs could be something special. Stewart was a unique talent. A good few of the albums listed are now on my wish list,
North Woods Country
May 26, 2020 @ 11:40 am
I’m actually really excited for Sunday Drive. Brett Eldredge released a couple of early duds, album wise, though each had its fair share of gems (Raymond, Bring You Back, Wanna Be That Song). The third record was a return to his singer/songwriter roots and had only 1 or 2 instantly forgettable songs. “Cycles” was one of the best songs of 2017, and the bridge of that song is insanely powerful, if short. Sunday Drive’s pre-releases have been solid thus far, and I really like “Where the Heart is.”
It might not be country, but it is good.
May 26, 2020 @ 12:17 pm
where do I fill out the application for another lifetime ?
maybe I’ll hire a ‘screener ‘.
thank goodness ‘spotify’ removed the 10,000- song limit
( 10,000 songs isn’t enough …WTF ? )
May 26, 2020 @ 12:21 pm
I’m personally excited to see Clint Black have a new album out. Man is so underrated. Shame he’s essentially been the bridesmaid of the Class of ’89.
May 27, 2020 @ 3:05 pm
Agreed. There was a time in the early 90s that i anticipated an upcoming Clint Black album as much as any artist. Those first 4 albums are great.
May 26, 2020 @ 12:35 pm
You have Heidi Newfield “The Barfly Sessions” listed under June 5th and August 28th. Was her release originally schedule for June but then it shifted to August or is she doing a Stapleton-esq two volume release?
May 26, 2020 @ 12:45 pm
Yes, Heidi Newfield got pushed. August 28th is the new date. Only skimmed through it so far, but could be a real good one.
May 26, 2020 @ 1:02 pm
Kathryn Legendre is releasing an EP on May 29. She’s fantastic.
May 26, 2020 @ 1:15 pm
Honestly I won’t be surprised if Kree Harrison’s album is moved back again. This is the 3rd release date so far and honestly if they are waiting for some kind of hit I believe they might be waiting a long time.
I’m really excited for new Joe Nichols, I really liked his last 2 albums. My only concern is if he decides to release it independently it might not get sufficient exposure, on the other hand if he signs with a label we might have to wait till sometime next year assuming they decide to try radio.
Before I forget I’m heard from a reliable source that Eric Church has an album ready to go. That it’s any day now!
May 26, 2020 @ 1:21 pm
Can’t wait for the new Baumann record. He has quickly become one of the best young songwriters in Country music.
Anybody heard anything about a new Ruston Kelly album? Seems like he would be due this year and I thought “Brave” might be a precursor to an album announcement, but I haven’t seen anything to date.
North Woods Country
May 27, 2020 @ 7:30 am
I would imagine it’s awfully hard to follow up on Dying Star. It’s likely his Southeastern.
May 26, 2020 @ 1:47 pm
New Moonpies/Gary Stewart track is up on YT:
Full of great lines.
May 26, 2020 @ 1:56 pm
Lots of great stuff. Thanks for the update.
I am going to passive aggressively use this forum to shamelessly promote a brilliant album that has not yet been reviewed here. Only so many minutes in the day and lots of deserving artists, I get that. Regardless, if any of you have yet to hear the new Nathan Kalish “Songs for Nobody”, I highly recommend it. Recorded in Nashville with notable players such as Laur Joamets and Adam Kurtz. Song “Delta Woman” was taken from unrecorded lyrics Johnny Cash wrote, which Kalish turned into a traditional country song. Easily the most diverse and well produced album of his career and should make several end of the year lists.
Yes, I am a big fan of his.
May 26, 2020 @ 5:12 pm
Johnny Cash’s criminally underrated Mercury albums get a deluxe boxed set treatment. Included are some outtakes, a never before heard new song, and an album of early mixes of his re-recordings of all his hits for his new label.
Even semi-new Cash beats most anything else being issued.
Long live THE Man in Black. Timeless.
May 26, 2020 @ 7:59 pm
June 26th release date!
May 27, 2020 @ 6:16 am
William Michael Morgan has been releasing great singles in advance of his upcoming album. Whiskey Kinda Night, Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me (cover) and Cowboy Cool (my favorite) along with possible songs from his EP in late 2018.
Out of Texas, Chad Cooke Band has been playing new songs during their livestreams for their next new album. If I remember correctly, they said their album will be released fully, then they will push their singles to radio. These two are my most anticipated albums for 2020.
May 27, 2020 @ 7:18 am
Almost forgot, Mickey Lamentia’s Honky Tonk Confessions: Chapter One came out last month,
Honky Tonk Confessions: Chapter Two comes out Friday May 29.
May 27, 2020 @ 7:52 am
Good list! I think David Quinn has a new one coming out this year w/ Margo’s band. Excited to hear 😀
May 27, 2020 @ 8:50 am
‘getting busted for robbing [one’s] heroin dealer’ seems to display the shortsightedness that would normally preclude the type of planning and ‘having one’s shit together’-ness required to release even a tik tok video–let alone a full album! Good on Jaime Wyatt–I guess?
‘The Hurtin’ Albertans’ is my second favorite band name–after Meat Peaches.
Mo Pitney and Jamey Johnson on the same song? Was it recorded with whale transducers?? Woe betide the woofer that tries to reproduce those frequencies!
I hope Will Hoge left his soap box in the van this time.
Serious note, though–the list seems a little light. Blame it on the virus, I suppose.
May 27, 2020 @ 8:57 am
From my understanding, the new Will Hoge album isn’t political at all, but I haven’t heard it all the way through just yet.
By volume, this is a little light. The one I posted at the beginning of the year was light as well. This is partly due to COVID-19, but it’s also due to the fact that there were so many releases in the 2nd half of 2019, this year was destined to be light. I suspect come the fall and winter, there’s going to be more releases coming than we can handle.
May 27, 2020 @ 9:13 am
Am very much looking forward to Jaime Wyatt’s latest, the songs that have been released so far have been absolutely killer.
May 27, 2020 @ 10:36 am
I think the mighty Channing Wilson is about to drop a new album this year.
May 27, 2020 @ 2:13 pm
Garrett T. Capps is working on a new EP to released this summer. His two track earlier EP last month was the perfect antidote for the COVID-19 blues.
May 27, 2020 @ 5:34 pm
Any word on the new Amanda Shires record, “Atmosphereless”? I remember hearing a single early in the year but I’m not seeing any release dates.
May 27, 2020 @ 5:45 pm
Yeah, not sure if that was just a standalone single or what, but there has been no news I’ve seen about a new record yet.
May 27, 2020 @ 9:25 pm
Amazon has the Margo Price album release date on July 10th, FYI
May 27, 2020 @ 9:43 pm
Brent Cobb has alluded to a new album this fall.
June 6, 2020 @ 7:19 am
Loving the new album by “Siren Songs” that you mention here. I’m a fan of Steel Blossoms as well and this reminds me a little of them. Love a nice harmony.
June 24, 2020 @ 9:52 am
H.C. McEntire has a new album called Eno Axis coming out on 21-August. Her last album, Lionheart. was fabulous & something you could vaguely lump in with Dori Freeman or Lori McKenna. Her previous band, Mount Moriah, is worth checking out if this is the first time you’re not familiar with her at all.
August 17, 2020 @ 4:01 pm
Sure hope you’ll give 49 Winchester a listen in October. Really love “The Wind” and know their next album will be equally as ambitious based on a couple of singles they’ve already managed to put out. Definitely a worthy band to see live (lots of energy and musical “chops”) and to shoehorn into this vaporous genre of traditional country music.