Release Radar & Most Anticipated Albums for 2nd Half of 2021
After a rather light Q4 of 2020 and Q1 of 2021 in the release department at least by volume, we’re about to get absolutely barraged with top notch releases in country and roots music in the coming months. So to help you navitagte your way through the upcoming onslaught, here is a detailed list of the albums you should be looking out for, a more complete list of all of the albums being released in country and roots, and the always-fun rumor mill about what might be coming up soon.
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.
Charlie Marie – Ramble On – May 7
Ever since honky tonk sweetheart Charlie Marie from the unexpected origin point of Providence, Rhode Island sent hearts swooning with her self-titled five-song EP in 2019, we’ve been we’ve been waiting for something new, and for the moment that hopefully might be her big country music breakout. Well ladies and gentlemen, this could be it.
Charlie Marie will be releasing her full-length debut album called Ramble On via Soundly Music. Recorded in Nashville with some of the folks who’ve worked with Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Margo Price and others in the past, this is Charlie Marie’s big push to become part of the resurgent country music community looking to return country music to its roots. (read more)
Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram and Jon Randall – The Marfa Tapes – May 7
No, don’t expect this to be a proper studio release from Lam Lam with radio singles and the like, or a replacement for Miranda’s other performing troika The Pistol Annies. The point of this project is to pull strings and scribble lyrics, and strip it all back to the heart of the songwriting process. Consider it Lambert’s contribution to pandemic-era records.
“They’re raw,” Lambert says about the album’s 15 songs. “You can hear the wind blowing, the cows mooing… We wanted you to feel like you were right there with us, sitting around the campfire, escaping the world, disappearing into the music.” (read more)
Travis Tritt – Set In Stone – May 7th
A new original studio album is on the way from Travis Tritt, finally. His first original album in over 13 years, the 90’s country legend who’s sold more than 30 million records worldwide signed with the Los Angeles-based record label Big Noise earlier this year, and will be releasing a Dave Cobb-produced record sometime in 2021. The album was originally promised in 2020, and Tritt released the first single “Ghost Town Nation” on September 25th. But no solid release date for the album has been set.
“I’m very excited about recording the new album with Dave Cobb,” Travis Tritt says. “I’m also glad to be partnering with the Big Noise team and I’m looking forward to promoting this album with them in my corner.”
Cody Jinks – Unplugged & Behind the Music: Adobe Sessions – May 7
After the enthusiasm for Cody’s Unplugged & Behind the Music: Adobe Sessions live stream on September 12th, 2020, he will be finally be releasing the audio from the session in album form on May 7th. Fans who purchased tickets to the live stream already received the album, but now it will be available to the wide public.
Featuring acoustic renditions of the songs from the album many consider to be his magnum opus. The album is expected to be Certified Gold any day now, while the song “Loud & Heavy” from the record has already been Certified Platinum.
Alan Jackson – Where Have You Gone – May 14
The long wait for new music from Alan Jackson will soon be over. After nearly six years since his last release Angels & Alcohol in July of 2015, Alan Jackson has unveiled a new project called Where Have You Gone, and with 21 songs, he’s more than making up for lost time.
Where Have You Gone will include numerous personal songs. Jackson has three daughters: Mattie Denise, Alexandra “Ali” Jane, and Dani Grace. Two songs were specifically written for the weddings of his daughters in “You’ll Always Be My Baby” and “I Do.” Alan Jackson’s mother also died since he last released music. Ruth Musick “Mama Ruth” Jackson passed away in 2017 at the age of 86, and Alan tributes her in the song “Where Her Heart Has Always Been” written for her funeral. Alan Jackson also tributes the late great Merle Haggard with a rendition of “That’s The Way Love Goes,” recorded by The Hag in 1983 as a title track to his album.
The Steel Woods – All of Your Stones – May 14
The death of guitar player, songwriter, and founding member of The Steel Woods Jason “Rowdy” Cope on January 16th sent shock waves throughout the independent country and Southern rock world. The 42-year-old was a much beloved member of the community. It also threw the future of one of the fastest-rising bands in independent country into uncertainty.
At the time of Rowdy’s death, The Steel Woods were in the midst of preparing to release what they believe to be their magnum opus, written and recorded with Rowdy called All Of Your Stones. To honor Jason “Rowdy” Cope and to bring his final work to life, and after much soul searching, the remaining members of The Steel Woods have decided to soldier on. Lead singer Wes Bayliss, bassist Johnny Stanton, and drummer Isaac Senty will continue forward with the blessing of Rowdy’s family and with what they believe would be Rowdy’s wishes. (read more)
Blackberry Smoke – You Hear Georgia – May 28
To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the band and re-establish their Southern roots, Georgia-based Southern rock badasses Blackberry Smoke will be releasing their latest record called You Hear Georgia. Produced by fellow Georgia native Dave Cobb, the album is all about their deep appreciation for the Peach State, especially the title track.
With new music also comes a couple of new members to the group who you may notice in the promo photos for the band. Joining the band now both in the studio and on the road is well-known Atlanta percussionist Preston Holcomb, as well as guitarist Benji Shanks who has worked with The Black Crowes and others in the past. Preston Holcomb and Benji Shanks are now considered full-time touring members of the band, and help the band stretch out their extended jams. (read more)
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real – A Few Stars Apart – June 11
The 11 tracks produced by Dave Cobb were recorded at Studio ‘A’ in Nashville, and cut to 8-track tape to given them a warm, organic feel. “What we loved about working with Dave was that his approach to recording us was exactly how we wanted it. Which is, we want to have it on tape, in a physical place, not just in a digital realm but also in an analog realm. And we wanted to have it more or less live. We sat in the studio just like they did back in RCA in the day, with an eight-track tape machine.”
The songs for the new album came from Lukas quarantining with his famous father, along with the rest of his immediate family during the pandemic. “I’m from what one might say is the ultimate road family—I’ve been on the road my entire life. I’ve never been anywhere longer than three months, and suddenly here we are, the four of us together. And thank god we were together. I can’t remember the last time we had that much time together as a family. And I have to say, as terrible as the pandemic has been in so many ways, for my inner peace, I was able to take a lot of good from this time. I was able to pause and reflect.”
Vincent Neil Emerson – Self-Titled – June 25
Quickly emerging Texas singer/songwriter Vincent Neil Emerson will be releasing his new, self-titled album produced by Rodney Crowell via La Honda Records. It’s the same label home of Colter Wall distributed by Thirty Tigers. The new title looks to pick up where Vincent’s debut record Fried Chicken & Evil Women left off, which was introducing Emerson as one of the premier storytellers in the emerging class of performers.
“If he grows on the public the way he’s grown on me, it’s possible young Vincent will plant the flag of his [songwriting] forebears firmly in the consciousness of a whole new generation,” Rodney Crowell says. Pretty resounding praise for sure. (read more)
J.P. Hariss’ Dreadful Wind & Rain – Don’t You Marry No Railroad Man – June 25
Honky-tonker, songwriter, and master carpenter J.P. Harris has been at or near the top of the heap of cool independent country guys for years, and now he’s decided to delve deep into his roots of traditional Appalachian mountain music for his next album entitled Don’t You Marry No Railroad Man, and teamed up with none other than Chance McCoy previously of Old Crow Medicine Show in a collaborative project he calls, J.P. Harris’ Dreadful Wind & Rain.
To be released on Free Dirt Records, J.P. Harris says about it, “For many years prior to my country career, I built and played fretless old time banjos, finding community in the somewhat-forgotten world of Appalachian stringband music. One of the enduring friendships from those days is with my dear friend Chance McCoy, who engineered, produced, and fiddled on this album.” (read more)
Willie Nelson – Letters To America (Book) – June 29
As prolific as Willie Nelson has been in the studio now well into his 80’s, he’s also been busy as an author and contributor, doing what he can to capture his wisdom in the written word, and share it with the rest of us. His latest installment will be called Letters To America, and was written with Texas Monthly contributor Turk Pipkin—the same collaborator Willie worked with for his 2006 book, The Tao of Willie. The book is set to be released via Harper Horizon.
From the opening letter “Dear America,” to the ending “Dear Willie” epilogue, Willie is said to dig deep into his heart and soul to lift us up in difficult times, and to remind us of the endless promise and continuous obligations of all Americans—to both themselves, to one another, and to the nation. The book adopts a subtle, but patriotic theme. (read more)
Tylor & The Train Robbers – Non-Typical Find – July 9
Tylor & The Train Robbers are Idaho’s contingent for independent country roots that garnered national and international appeal for their last album Best of the Worst Kind. Now for the first time they’re working with an outside producer, and it’s one with Idaho ties himself, Cody Braun of Reckless Kelly.
“It’s also the first time we’ve recorded an album of brand new songs that we had not already been playing live for months (or years) before recording,” says Tylor Ketchum. “Lyrically all the songs were finished before we went in to record, but one of the things that Cody encouraged us to do was to let the arrangements come together in real time in the studio. We wanted to allow the songs to evolve during the recording process and leave room for creative collaboration with all the musicians who played on the album.”
OTHER CONFIRMED RELEASES
Tejon Street Corner Thieves – Stolen Goods – May 7
The Sweet Lillies – Common Ground – May 7
Graham Sharp – Truer Picture – May 7
Ted Russell Kamp – Solitaire – May 7
Graham Sharp – Truer Picture – May 7
Tony Joe White – Smoke From The Chimney – May 7
Grace Pettis – Working Woman – May 7
Blue Cactus – Strangers Again – May 7
Leftover Salmon – Brand New Good Old Days – May 7
Grace Pettis – Working Woman – May 7
Christina Aldean & Alex Patterson – Hunter – May 7
Sarah Jarosz – Blue Heron Suite – May 7
Jesse Keith Whitley – Breakin’ Ground – May 9
Soo Line Loons – Self-Titled – May 14
The Deep Dark Woods – Changing Faces – May 14
Steven Gellman – Cold Harbor – May 14
Sam Robbins – Finally Feeling Young – May 14
Dillon Carmichael – Hot Beer EP – May 14
Jesse Terry – May We Wander – May 14
Lucas Ebert – Nobody EP – May 14
Riley Dowling – Start It Over– May 14
Lindsey Ellyn – Queen of Nothing – May 14
Shay Martin Lovette – Scatter & Gather – May 14
Chris Madden – Dive Bar/Dead Town – May 14
Steve Goodman – It Sure Looked Good On Paper: The Steve Goodman Demos – May 14
Full Cord – Hindsight – May 15
Ashleigh Flynn & The Riveters – Live From The Blue Moon – May 18
Michigan Rattlers – That Kind of Life – May 19
Desert Hollow – Thirsty – May 21
Ida Red – Harmony Grits – May 21
John Hiatt with The Jerry Douglas Band – Leftover Feelings – May 21
Robert Finley – Sharecropper’s Son – May 21
Paul Handyside – Loveless Town – May 21
Trapper Schoepp – May Day – May 21
Bill and the Belles – Happy Again – May 21
Oliver Wood (Wood Brothers) – Always Smilin’ – May 21
Graber Gryass – Spaceman’s Wonderbox – May 21
Paula Cole – American Quilt – May 21
Korby Lenker – Man in the Maroon – May 21
David Allan Coe – Live from the Iron Horse (Reissue) – May 21
Rod Picott with Slaid Cleaves – Wood, Steel, Dust & Dreams – May 21
Allison Russell – Outside Child – May 21
Henhouse Prowlers – Short Branch Saloon – May 21
Chestnut Grove – The Album – May 21
Star Thistle – The Best of Star Thistle – May 24
Shannon McNally – The Waylon Sessions – May 28
Toler Gibson – The Days Before – May 28
Ashley McBryde – Never Will: Live from a Distance – May 28
Everett Parker – Outbound Travelin’ Crazies – May 28
Rider & Rolling Thunder – On The Banks of the Tennessee – May 28
Beth Whitney – Into the Ground – May 28
Genesis Fermin – Self-Titled – May 28
River Kittens – Soaking Wet – May 28
Rhonda Vincent – Music Is What I See – May 28
Clint Anglin – Bottle, Guitar, and Me – May 28
Asleep at the Wheel – Better Times EP – May 28
Jamestown Revival – Fireside With Louis L’Amour EP – May 28
Bo DePeña – It’s About to Get Western – May 28
The Contraptionists – Working Man’s Dread – May 29
Mark Rubin – The Triumph of Assimilation – June 1
Sam Filiatreau – Self-Titled – June 1
Gorky – Sitgreaves County – June 2
Turner Cody – Friends in High Places – June 4
Annie Keating – Bristol County Tides – June 4
Swift Silver – Self-Titled – June 4
Angela Autumn – Frontiers Woman – June 4
Satsang – All. Right. Now. – June 4
Red Shahan – Javelina – June 4
Colt McCannon – Self-Titled – June 4
Louien – No Tomorrow EP – June 4
Chief Ghoul – These Lycanthropic Blues – June 4
Mark Collie – Book of My Blues – June 4
Tristen – Aquatic Flowers – June 4
Gord Bamford – Diamonds in a Whiskey Glass – June 4
Arthur Stulien – Road More Known – June 4
Hellbound Glory, Lowdown Drifters, Dalton Domino, Taylor Hunnicutt, Seryn, TimLightyear – With A Little Help From My Friends EP – June 4
The Oak Ridge Boys – Front Porch Singin’ – June 11
Nefresh Mountain – Songs for the Sparrows – June 11
Sammy Sadler – 1989 – June 11
Jenny Don’t and the Spurs – Fire on the Ridge – June 11
Rachel Baiman – Cycles – June 11
Hannah Juanita – Hardliner – June 11
Jeremy James Meyer – Alive & OK – June 11
Cory Grider & The Playboy Scouts – Honky Tonkin’ Beauty Supreme – June 11
Buck T. Edwards – Don’t Give Me a Heartbreak – June 11
Garrett Wieland – What Keeps The Heart Afloat – June 11
Ida Mae – Click Click Domino – July 16th
Tyller Gummersall – Lucky Guy – June 17
Amy Helm – What The Flood Leaves Behind – June 18
Amythyst Kiah – Wary + Strange – June 18
K.C. Jones – The Queen of the In Between – June 18
Keeton Coffman – Hard Times – June 18
Jonathan Edwards – Right Here Where I Am – June 18
Azure Ray – Remedy – June 18
Rory Feek – Gentle Man – June 18
Michelle and Jason Hannan – Cheater’s Waltz – June 18
Ashley Riley – Set You Free – June 18
Brent Cobb – Little Stuff (Kid’s Book) – June 20
Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones – Here To Tell The Tale – June 25
Pilgrim – No Offense, Nevermind – June 25
Lake & Lyndale – In The Nude Vol. 1 EP – June 25
Hiss Golden Messenger – Quietly Blowing It – June 25
Dana Sipos – The Astral Plane – June 25
Anne Freeman – Keep It Close – June 25
Grant Maloy Smith – Appalachia: American Stories – June 25
Kyle LaLone – Looking for the Good – June 25
A Sweet Relief Tribute to Joey Spampinato (NRBQ) – June 25
Gary Allan – Ruthless – June 25
Jack Grace Band – What a Way To Spend a Night – June 25
Andy Velo – Way Out – June 25
Beyond the Lamplight (Ian & Andrew from Larry & His Flask) – Self-Titled EP – July 2
Petrella – Songs of Many Colors – July 1
Andrew Browning and the Nine Pound Hammers – Blood on the Door – July 2
Dominique Pruitt – Prayers for Rain – July 2
Forest Grove Outlaws – Damned Life – July 3
Mary Gauthier – Saved By A Song (Book) – July 6
Luke LeBlanc – Only Human – July 9
Brit Taylor – Real Me Deluxe – July 9
Ben Reddell Band – La Baby! – July 9
Hannah Dasher – The Half Record – July 9
Murray McLauchlan – Hourglass – July 9
Chase Bryant – Upbringing – July 16
Charlie Worsham – Sugarcane EP – July 16
Jon Byrd – Me & Paul EP – July 16
John R. Miller – Depreciated – July 16
Erik Shicotte – Miss’ry Pacific EP – July 16
Kevin Daniel – Been Here Before – July 16
Kiss My Ass Goodbye – John Prine Tribute – July 17
Matt Prater – Ain’t Life a Trip – July 19
Dallas Burrow – Self-Titled – July 23
Ava Earl – The Roses – July 23
Drake Milligan – Self-Titled EP – July 23
David Crosby – For Free – July 23
Rily Catherall – When I Go – July 23
Emily Duff – Razor Blade Smile – July 23
Rodney Crowell – Triage – July 23
The Wandering Hearts – Self-Titled – July 30
Clay Walker – Texas to Tennessee – July 30
Los Lobos – Native Sons – July 30
Jim Lauderdale – Hope – July 30
Yola – Stand For Myself – July 30
Nobody’s Girl – Self-Titled – July 30
The Wandering Hearts – Wild Silence – July 30
Charlie Parr – Last of the Better Day Ahead – July 30
Leah Shaw – Play Beautifully – July 30
Son Volt – Electro Melodier – July 30
Ric Robertson – Carolina Child – July 30
Parker McCollum – Gold Chain Cowboy – July 30
Ryan Curtis – Rust Belt Broken Heart – July 30
Jesse Daniel – Beyond These Walls – July 30
Curtis Grimes – Self-Titled – July 30
Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs – Through The Smoke – July 30
Garrett Heath – Kingdom Come – July 30
Nobody’s Girl – Self-Titled – July 31
Hans Deville – Prophecies of the Lost Album – August 6
Sean McConnell – A Horrible Beautiful Dream – August 6
Paul Thorn – It’s Never Too Late to Call – August 6
Leah Blevins – First Time Feeling – August 6
Them Coulee Boys – Namesake – August 6
Ro Myra – Nowhere, Nebraska – August 6
Trevor Tchir – Sun & Moon – August 6
Mercy Bell – Golden Child – August 6
Mike and the Moonpies – One To Grow On – August 10th
The Wonderfool – Shiner – August 11
Suzie Ungerleider – My Name is Suzie Ungerleider – August 13
Jade Bird – Different Kinds of Light – August 13
Watchhouse (fmr. Mandolin Orange) – Self-Titled – August 13
Bendigo Fletcher – Fits of Laughter – August 13th
Doug Adkins – A Cowboy’s Life – August 13
Pi Jacobs – Live From Memphis – August 13
The Isaacs – The American Face – August 13
Elijah Ocean – Born Blue – August 13
F. Scott and the Nighthawks – Hold Onto Your Heart – August 13
Willie Nile – The Day The Earth Stood Still – August 13
Trisha Yearwood – Every Girl (Deluxe) – August 13
Anderson East – Maybe We Never Die – August 20
Malcom Holcombe – Tricks of the Trade – August 20
Adrian + Meredith – Bad for Business – August 20
Ward Hayden and the Outliers – Free Country – August 20
Sierra Ferrell – Long Time Coming – August 20
James McMurtry – The Horses and the Hounds – August 20
Darrin Bradbury – Artvertisement – August 20
Billy Law – Alone Somewhere – August 20
Joe Troop – Borrowed Time – August 20
Chris J Norwood – I Am Not Cool – August 20
John Scott Sherrill – Copper Tears – August 20
Sturgill Simpson – The Ballad of Dood and Juanita – August 20
Garrett T Capps – I Love San Antone – August 20
Jay Nash – Night Songs – August 20
Karen Jonas – Summer Songs EP – August 20
AJ Lee and Blue Summit – I’ll Come Back – August 20
Jason Eady – The The Passage of Time – August 27
Suzanne Santo – Yard Sale – August 27
Shinyribs – Late Night TV Gold – August 27
Seth James – Different Hat – August 27
Grayson Jenkins – Turning Tides – August 27
Tim Easton – You Don’t Really Know Me – August 27
I See Hawks in LA – On Our Way – August 27
Brian Setzer – Gotta Have The Rumble – August 27
Tré Burt – You, Yeah You – August 27th
Chapel Hart – The Girls Are Back in Town – August 28
Sean Devine – Here For It All – September 3
Megan and Shane – Daughter of Country – September 3
The Burner Band – Signs and Wonders – September 3
Robert Jon and the Wreck – Shine a Light On Me Brother – September 3
Kanesha Sampson – Time Machine – September 10
Dori Freeman – Ten Thousand Roses – September 10
Pokey LaFarge – In The Blossom of Their Shade – September 10
Michael Monroe Goodman – When The Rain Came – September 10
RC and the Ambers – Big Country – September 10
Herrick – Sunderland Road – September 10
Jonathan Paull Gertler – No Fear – September 10
Heartless Bastards – A Beautiful Life – September 10
Joe Stamm Band – Midwest Town – September 10
Borderline Music Co. – Precious Souls – September 10th
Home in This World: Woody Guthrie’s Dust Bowl Ballads (Various Artists) – September 10
Foy Vance – Signs of Life – September 10
Matthew Fowler – The Grief We Gave Our Mother – September 10
Banty Holler – Journeyman Songs – September 10
Ray Scott – Cover The Earth – September 17
Barney Bentall and Geoffrey Kelly – RanchWriters (Instrumental) – September 17
Gregory Ackerman – Still Waiting Still – September 17
D.D. Verni and the Cadillac Band – Let’s Rattle – September 17
Caitlin Jemma – True Meaning – September 17
CJ Garton – Tales from the West – September 17
Kirby Brown – Break Into Blossom – September 17
John McCutcheon – Bucket List – September 17
Caleb Lee Hutchinson – Slot Machine Syndrome EP – September 17
Anna Egge – Between Us – September 17
Charley Crockett – Music City USA – September 17
Various Artists – Country Faith Bluegrass – September 17
Bren Holmes- Everything You Never Wanted – September 17
Teea Goans – All Over The Map – September 17
Alexa Rose – Headwaters – September 17
Scotty McCreery – Same Truck – September 17
Gordie MacKeeman – Folk for Little Folk – September 17
The Delevantes – A Thousand Turns – September 17
A Tale of Two – Self-Titled – September 17
The Northern Belle – The Woman In Me – September 17
Jackson Melnick – Abilene – September 24
Billy Strings – Renewal – September 24
Tony Kamel (Wood & Wire) – Back Down Home – September 24
Leigh Nash – The Tide Vol. 1 – September 24
Chris Roberts – Lost & Found EP – September 24
Electric Blue Yonder – Mourning Sounds – September 29
Jeremy Pinnell – Goodbye LA – October 1
Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows Vol. 2 (John Prine Tribute) – October 8
THE RUMOR MILL
Sturgill Simpson: “I’m already pretty much done writing my next record now. I’m gonna take my sweet-ass time on this one because I’m pretty sure I’m about to make my opus and then bow out and vaporize like Houdini.” (read more)
William Clark Green on 3/9: “Back to the studio this weekend. Time to get you all some new music.”
John R. Miller has signed to Rounder Records and released a couple of new songs. Expect an announcement on a new album very soon.
IV and the Strange Band (Hank3’s son) were supposed to release an EP on April 20th, but have delayed due to “new opportunities’ coming up. Be on the lookout for something from him later this year. (read more)
The Pistol Annies have been dropping multiple hints that something new might be on the way, perhaps a tour, or perhaps a new album.
The Wreckers (Michelle Branch, Jessica Harp) have been hinting they have a new record on the way.
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. But we continue to wait on a release date. (read more)
Don’t be surprised if American Aquarium have something new coming up soon…
“Work work work workin’ on new tunes for album number three” – Kristina Murray on March 6th.
Jeff Crosby has an EP called unAmerican coming.
Cody Jinks is currently in the studio (May). Word is Jinks has upwards of 50 separate tracks he’s been working on. Not all of them may make it on a record, but he’ll have plenty to choose from. And apparently he also has a Lefty Frizzell record ready to go. Stay tuned.
Jason Eady has released a new song “Back To Normal,” and he says he has a new album coming “later this year.”
Sunny Sweeney says she’s got a new original studio album coming in 2021.
Joe Nichols has been saying he’s got a new traditional country record on the way. He recently released a new single called “Home Run.” It’s not exactly traditional country.
Parker McCollum has a new album coming in July.
RC Edwards of the Turnpike Troubadours will release an album called Big Country with his side project RC and the Ambers. No word on a release date at the moment.
Jessi Colter has a new album on the way produced by Margo Price. They were in the studio together in May 2019.
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…” Perhaps drama at Bloodshot Records has slowed her release plans, but there may be some movement on it in 2021. Stay tuned.
Moot Davis, new album coming.
Charles Wesley Godwin seemed to hint on social media that he finished recording a new album on October 8th, 2020. Stay tuned for more details.
Sam Williams (Hank Jr.’s son) will have a new album Glasshouse Children out “this summer.”
Mandolin Orange is now named Watchhouse.
James McMurtry has signed to New West Records. New record coming.
May 5, 2021 @ 10:36 am
I know they’re one of the least country groups on this list, but I am really excited for the Michigan Rattlers new album. I love their sound
May 6, 2021 @ 7:44 am
Wasn’t familiar with them, but after seeing their name pop up 3 times in the comments below, I listened through Evergreen twice this morning. Great album.
“Law of multiple SCM comment mentions” strikes again.
May 6, 2021 @ 11:02 am
I saw them at a little bar in Portland a couple years ago and they’re a truly talented bunch!!
May 5, 2021 @ 10:41 am
Looking forward to the J P Harris album. Check out his duet EPs that he released. Great versions of classic songs.
May 5, 2021 @ 10:42 am
Stoked for the Steel Woods and Charlie Marie as well as the Adobe Sessions Unplugged. As for the rumor mill, I can’t wait for Charles Wesley Godwin’s follow up to Seneca which was one of my favorite records along with Jinks Lefty album.
May 5, 2021 @ 12:02 pm
Cowboy Eddie Long said in an interview that Jamey Johnson has an album ready to go. Just waiting on Jamey to put it out. Supposed to be a cover of Charlie Daniels “Trudy” and at least one Shaver song included.
May 5, 2021 @ 1:14 pm
May 5, 2021 @ 7:05 pm
Interesting. Good find.
May 5, 2021 @ 10:51 am
Caitlin Rose is “supposedly” wrapping up production on a new album according to her Patreon, but who knows how long it will be until we actually see something.
May 5, 2021 @ 7:05 pm
Been WAY too long for new Caitlin Rose.
May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 am
Robert Earl Keen: Western Chill.
He did the streaming event/performance of these records at the end of last year and has said here and there that the album of it is coming soon, supposedly Summer.
North Woods Country
May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 am
Anybody know what’s going on with Sam Outlaw? It’s like he moved to Nashville and disappeared from the radar entirely.
May 5, 2021 @ 11:00 am
Sundy Best already completed an initial studio session for a 2021 release.
No date yet, but they just finished the first set of reunion shows this past week.
Jumpin’ Jack Flash
May 5, 2021 @ 11:24 am
Flatland Cavalry has Welcome To CountryLand coming out in July, too
May 5, 2021 @ 11:28 am
Ben Jarrell has got not one but 2 albums coming soon…….first one called “Up and Headed West” was produced by Whitey Morgan’s steel player Brett Robinson and he posted he just finished another one……..not sure when either are to be released. I’d like to personally thank Ben for letting me be an old man fan boy for a night when he was here a few weeks ago opening for Whitey. He hung out and chatted with me quite a bit and is really stoked about the new record. I told him you’re never too old to be excited meeting an artist who’s music you love. Looks like he’ll be back here with him again in June!
May 5, 2021 @ 11:47 am
Wow! Thank you for all of this amazing information.
May 5, 2021 @ 12:18 pm
Charlie Marie and Sierra Ferrell have two of the most special voices I have ever heard. It seems that Childers, Sturgill, Jinks, and Wall might finally have some female counterparts that truly live up to their level and style. It’s about time! Will have to see how these albums turn out. (And before you go crazy on me there are many great modern female country artists out there right now but none of them really reach the level of special that I feel from the Childers, Sturgill, Jinks, and Wall.)
May 6, 2021 @ 4:03 am
Sierra Ferrel might be too real for the female genre of crap being pushed these days.
May 5, 2021 @ 12:25 pm
In the mainstream, Dierks Bentley is rumored to have something later this year.
May 5, 2021 @ 12:29 pm
I saw David Quinn finished a record with some solid players…no word on release date yet. Looks like it will be a good one!
May 5, 2021 @ 12:41 pm
I hear Garrett T. Capps has a new album coming out in the next month or so.
May 5, 2021 @ 1:26 pm
Don’t forget Emily Scott Robinson! Pretty sure she’s planning to have her new album done this year.
May 5, 2021 @ 1:41 pm
Emily was recording it last month, so likely a fall release!
May 5, 2021 @ 5:02 pm
I was a big fan until she posted, last summer, that it was ok to kill cops and burn buildings down. I don’t like to get political, but this stuff has to be called out.
May 5, 2021 @ 7:08 pm
Something tells me you’re paraphrasing.
May 6, 2021 @ 4:02 am
Something tells me you’re flat out lying to serve your own political beliefs.
May 5, 2021 @ 1:31 pm
When I read you’re comment about joe Nichols, I imagined what the song would sound like. It is exactly what I thought.
May 5, 2021 @ 5:06 pm
Haha. Same. That dude is such a talent. Why does he do this stuff? I mean, radio ain’t gonna play it, and traditional fans won’t like it. So, who is he making this for? I feel the same about Gary Allan and Pat Green. Radio is done with you, just make good music like you did at one point
Matt "Mayday" Saracen
May 5, 2021 @ 1:33 pm
A while back, I thought I read somewhere that Julie Roberts had an album on the way called “I Think You Know.” Am I imagining that?
Also, Gary Allan has teased a “big announcement” coming tomorrow (May 6th) which I’m hoping might be a new album. I know he put out a couple of less than stellar singles, but he’s always been pretty reliable, so I hope those singles were one-off mistakes and we get a proper solid album here, soon.
May 5, 2021 @ 1:36 pm
Can’t wait for that King Turd….
May 5, 2021 @ 2:36 pm
Excuse me ma’am,
I do believe you shouldn’t be referring to King George in that way…
May 5, 2021 @ 1:39 pm
The Shootouts dropped a new one (Bullseye) that is damned delightful.
May 5, 2021 @ 2:03 pm
Missing Dog, Volleyball Bikini Babes, and a
Happy Cinco de Mayo. TexMex nation.
May 5, 2021 @ 10:14 pm
I see that very cute video and I raise you one with bilingual puns and ridiculous premise involving a monster and a gig that went really late:
Cinco de Mayo is also “Silly Music Day” most years.
May 5, 2021 @ 2:23 pm
That Riley Downing album should be good. Love The Deslondes and any of that sleepy retro type country
May 5, 2021 @ 3:07 pm
Cannot wait for Alan’s new album! “Where Her Hearts Always Been” is such a beautiful song.
May 5, 2021 @ 3:42 pm
Hank Early of Turnpike Troubadours has made a few cryptic mentions about good news he’d like to share but isn’t allowed. We can always dream that new music from TT is just around the corner
May 5, 2021 @ 4:19 pm
It looks like the most important release has been overlooked Shannon McNally “The Waylon Session” May 13th.
May 5, 2021 @ 7:11 pm
That’s on the list, but the date I have is May 28th, unless things got moved up. The 13th’s a Thursday though, so that’s probably not right.
May 5, 2021 @ 5:10 pm
Anticipating in order
1. Alan Jackson
2. Vincent Neil Emerson
3. Travis Tritt
4. Michigan Rattlers
5. Jason Eady
If Mike and the Moonpies come out with an album… none of these matter
May 5, 2021 @ 5:32 pm
Holy crap that is a lot of good shit. Glad I am not the only one who has discovered the Michigan Rattlers.
BJ Barham has teased 3 records — a new solo and two American Aquariums.
May 5, 2021 @ 7:36 pm
oh damn, i missed this completely?!
i’d seen him mention on instagram a while back that the band was in the studio for something special but figured it was some kind of semi-live, corona recording – is there some place i can read more about this??
May 6, 2021 @ 7:50 am
It was either an Instagram post or an Instastory. I took notice because I knew he had been recording and figured it meant one record, so 3 surprised me. Especially the solo record — his solo record may be my favorite thing he’s ever done (the one solo show I saw him do is a top 5 gig all time for me). So, it registered that he said 3, with one being a second solo record.
Of course, BJ being BJ you could probably just message him and he’d respond and tell you! 😉
May 6, 2021 @ 9:02 am
I think if y’all are just a wee bit patient, some of your questions will be answered VERY soon 🙂 .
May 6, 2021 @ 11:13 am
hahaha i’ll do my best
May 6, 2021 @ 11:12 am
ah thanks! man, i’m excited
May 6, 2021 @ 1:39 pm
I’ve seen it rumored that they have a covers album dropping tomorrow.
May 5, 2021 @ 7:30 pm
OK. I thought Sturgill said he was only releasing 5 albums. Not that a man can’t change his mind but that seemed to be a running trope with the guy.
That said I hope Triit delivers, “Here’s A Quarter Call Someone Who Cares” is one of my all time favorite kiss-off songs.
May 6, 2021 @ 6:06 am
For what it’s worth, I doubt he’s counting Cuttin’ Grass counts towards those five albums. Either way I hope he keeps going after five.
May 7, 2021 @ 12:07 pm
Oh… Duh. I am little slow sometimes.
May 6, 2021 @ 6:07 am
he has only released four true albums. revisited material doesn’t count. i swear, he really gets some of y’alls jimmies rustled.
May 5, 2021 @ 8:29 pm
Nikki Lane should be releasing a new one soon. Can’t wait for new McMurtry!
May 6, 2021 @ 3:29 am
Thanks for putting this together!!!
Charlie Parr alluded to a new record coming out soon!
So much music to get excited about….friday is packed with the Charlie Marie, intriguing Miranda record, Travis Tritt and the acoustic Jinks.
May 6, 2021 @ 10:46 am
This is shameless self-promotion as I am in the band I’m referring to.
But if you dig Charlie Parr, he actually featured as a slide guitar player on one of the above bands most recent singles. I’ll leave it at that so you can hunt for it if you’d like!
May 6, 2021 @ 5:39 am
The Michigan Rattler have a new one coming out soon as well.
May 6, 2021 @ 6:20 am
You are THE MAN Trigger, thank you VERY much for this!! I have printed it out and saved it so I can look back on it. I GREATLY appreciate the hard work you put into these release radars, they are so helpful to those of us who crave new music weekly. I am able to find new artist, new songs that I like from these list each time you put them out.
Saul V. Ambulando
May 6, 2021 @ 12:46 pm
Am I misremembering that Colter Wall said in Old Soul Radio Show recently that he was working on a release for later this year?
May 6, 2021 @ 1:43 pm
Rumor has it the big announcement Gary Allan has been teasing for tonight is a new album “Ruthless” due out June 25.
Matt "Mayday" Saracen
May 6, 2021 @ 6:18 pm
This is correct. He announced it on Facebook tonight. “Ruthless” and June 25th is the release date.
May 6, 2021 @ 1:57 pm
Wade Bowen indicated on the Jack Ingram podcast that he had just finished a new album – but I don’t believe he mentioned a target release date.
Sean "Cougar" Mellenhopkins
May 6, 2021 @ 3:36 pm
I can tell y’all that the Franklin County Trucking Company are writing their third album, “The Further-er Adventures…”
May 7, 2021 @ 4:57 am
Last year still had a ton of great music released despite the pandemic. But I think it finally caught up to us in early 2021. I normally have a list of 12-15 new albums that I am really enjoying by this time of year, but this year I only have like 2. I agree that May 7th alone may change that. A lot of good stuff appears to be on the way.
May 7, 2021 @ 8:32 am
One of the things I’m appreciating about Miranda Lambert is she is really unique right now. She has her main albums, but she is branching out with the Pistol Annies, supporting her down home roots, and this album, The Marfa Tapes, is really one of the more unique albums I’ve heard in a long time. It’s almost like joining them around the campfire listening to their tracks and having a nice casual evening. It just feels really authentic and new. I’m not sure if I would rank it as one of the best albums of the year or the last couple of years, but I really do like it for it’s uniqueness.
May 7, 2021 @ 3:46 pm
Cole Chaney is dropping his first album on the 21st. His Red Barn performance was great! Can’t wait!
May 7, 2021 @ 5:54 pm
Among a lot of other great stuff that I was glad to, it was a great surprise to see Los Lobos on the list. Thank you Trig!
May 8, 2021 @ 9:12 am
I have to say I’m looking forward to the new Black Keys album Delta Kream, which drops in six days. I’ve already preordered it. It’s a covers album where they return to their Hill Country blues influences. It like Junior Kimbrough figures most prominently (they did an EP of his songs back in 2006), but there are also songs from R.L. Burnside and Mississippi Fred McDowell. What I’ve heard so far sounds good. I have passed on their last couple of albums (not bad, just not for me) and I’m hoping that the blues (or at least some more greasiness) becomes a more important element again in their new music in the near future.
May 9, 2021 @ 9:43 am
Great list Kyle. No love for Tracy Lawrence though? He was one of the most consistent hitmakers of the 90’s until some uh, unfortunate events derailed things for a bit.
May 10, 2021 @ 6:55 am
Ashley Ray and Bri Bagwell have both been posting pics from the recording studio the last month or so. No mentions of release dates.
May 11, 2021 @ 1:01 pm
John R Miller Depreciated album is out July 16. Going to be a good one
May 15, 2021 @ 5:38 am
New Red Shahan record on June 4. I have heard two songs. They are killers.