Lots of great new albums to talk about for August 2018, so let’s dive right in. (Links to pre-order sites in the title of each album)
The Horse Eyed Men – ‘The Uncanny Valley’ : 8/2/18
This one won’t be for everyone, but if you can appreciate music unencumbered by genre lines, this might just be a record for you. I had seen that these guys where opening around New England for several country acts I follow, so I was excited to be able to catch live recently. They are a riot, clearly taking pride in being a bit outside the confines of “Normal”, but doing it all with a considerable amount of talent.
Amanda Shires – ‘To The Sunset’ : 8/3/18
I’ve enjoyed all of Amanda’s work, with ‘My Piece of Land’ being one of my favorite albums of 2016, so I’ve really looked forward to this new album. A talented musician and writer, I often find myself drawn to her distinct vocals while digging deep into the lyrics, where I know she always has gold buried. Thanks to NPR I have listened to the album a couple times through and it delivers, with many crafty lyrics to be found.
Shooter Jennings – ‘Shooter’ : 8/10/18
Shooter is an interesting cat, both inside and outside the music world. I can’t say that I’ve been in love with every single thing he has done, but I respect him for making the music he wants to make at any given time. What I’ve heard from this album so far is both fresh and familiar; I look forward to the rest of it, I think it has great potential.
William Clark Green – ‘Hebert Island’ : 8/10/18
After what seemed like forever, we now have new music coming from William Clark Green. WCG has been a favorite of mine for a while now, and I’ve had the pleasure of seeing him kick-ass live. One of my most anticipated albums of the year, everything I have heard so far is exactly what I was hoping for.
Jason Eady – ‘I Travel On’ : 8/10/18
Jason Eady has been one of those guys you can always count on for well-written country slow jams. Not wasting any time, after a phenomenal 2017 self-titled album, Jason is back 18 months later with new stuff. To say that he has set the bar high for himself would be an understatement, but if there is one guy who can deliver, it’s him.
Aaron Watson – ‘Live at the World’s Biggest Rodeo Show’ : 8/24/18
It’s kind of cheating to include live albums because there is usually little-to-no new music; we know there will be at least one new song (“Higher Ground”), and I can say from experience that Aaron is always great live, so I’m including it. Bonus points to Aaron for donating a portion of sales to hurricane rebuilding efforts in Texas.
Aaron Lee Tasjan – ‘Karma For Cheap’ : 8/31/18
Aaron Lee Tasjan is a bit different than everyone else here, and his music is too, but that is said with only the utmost love and appreciation. His last album was a genre bender that showed so many different influences, exactly the kind of thing I love. Having heard a couple songs off the new one, it sounds like we are in for more of the same out-of-the-ordinary quality tunage.
Roger Miller Tribute Album - ‘King of the Road’ : 8/31/18
Roger Miller was a damn legend and this album is chock full of unbelievable talent, so we are talking about it, most likely in-depth when it comes out. I've been a fan of Roger Miller as long as I can remember, primarily for his ability to switch back and forth between fun and serious, so I can’t wait to hear the spin these kings and queens of music have put on it. I’m probably most excited to see what Kacey Musgraves does with “Kansas City Star”, since it’s a favorite of mine, but the list of musical talent on this album is jaw dropping. Hell, even John Goodman is on it!