Next month looks to be a huge one for new music: We have new tunes coming in April from Sarah Shook, Joshua Hedley, John Prine, and Charley Crockett. I also included albums coming out March 30th from Ashley McBryde, and Kacey Musgraves. It's gonna be a good one!
Ashley McBryde: Girl Going Nowhere – Available 3/30/18
I’ve been following Ashley since her 2016 EP “Jalopies & Expensive Guitars”, which blew me away with its great mix of fun and serious tunes, and a bit of an “I’m gonna do it my way” vibe. I’ve been waiting quite some time for this full-length album, and she’s been teasing singles for a damn year now, so this one can’t come soon enough.
Kacey Musgraves: Golden Hour – Available 3/30/18
From the first time I heard her, I’ve never passed on a Kacey Musgraves album, and I don’t plan to start next week. I’m hearing a lot of fuss about how this isn’t going to be a traditional country album… No s**t, none of her albums really are. Yes, I have heard “High Horse” and I went right out in the driveway, laced up my roller skates, and did my best Bee Gees dance moves. What I’ve always enjoyed about her music is how different it is; sounds like this one will be next level different, and that doesn’t automatically make it bad. Give it a chance.
Sarah Shook & The Disarmers: Years – Available 4/6/18
The previous album from this group was ‘Sidelong’ and it was different from anything I had ever heard; it didn’t take but a single listen to know it was an album for me. The early release songs from ‘Years’ sound like all the things that drew me in before, perhaps with a bit more production polish. Going into 2018 the prospect of this album was one of the things I was most looking forward to, so I can’t wait for this one.
John Prine: The Tree Of Forgiveness – Available 4/13/18
I wouldn’t feel right putting this list together without including this living legend. This will be Prine’s first new song album in 13 years and is said to include some really great collaborations. One of the best songwriters ever, he has an incredible ability to paint a picture with words. The two songs I have heard off this upcoming release are truly great, as expected, so I have really high hopes for this Dave Cobb produced album.
Joshua Hedley: Mr. Jukebox – Available 4/20/18
I stumbled on this guy a while ago; I heard this amazing deep voice singing on a Stuggle Jennings tune, and I had to know who it was. Turns out it was Joshua, but at the time there wasn’t much available online from him, save for a few Youtube videos. Needless to say, I am very excited about a full-length album of his great vocals and retro country vibes. If the two songs he has pre-released are any indication, this is going to be one hell of a country record.
Charley Crockett: Lonesome As a Shadow – Available 4/20/18
I gush over Charley a lot, but with good reason; he has a style all-his-own, one so funky and fresh that I just can’t get enough. Charley has gained a following fast, but that’s no surprise to anyone who listens to him. While I loved his classic country album last fall, I am way more excited for this new album of original material because I want more of that crazy mix of blues, soul, and honky-tonk flavor I fell in love with.
Cody Jinks: Lifers – Available First Half of the Year
No firm date, but you can’t talk about independent country music this year without mentioning Cody Jinks, and he’s confirmed he has a new one coming in the first half of the year. I’ve gone on record calling 2018 the year of the Outlaw, and I suspect this record will only help continue to back that claim. Cody continues to put out some of the best music in the business, while keeping it all very accessible. Hold on tight, this one is going to be big!
I am sure I have missed some, and there are many more I am looking forward to for the rest of the year, but April is going to be a winner. Keep your eyes here for album reviews and a couple really great album announcements coming up real soon!