Willie Nelson, Last Man Standing is the obvious starting point. I saw Willie a few months ago with Jamey Johnson, and I’m going to see Willie again next month with Alison Krauss. I heard an interview on KNBT-FM this morning with Willie’s friend Johnny Bush, who talked about how nice it is to see the younger fans showing up to see him and Willie and other from that era. One of Willie’s songs is already on my playlist, right between an Ashley McBryde song that mentions Willie and a song by Willie’s son Lukas: Ready to Roar .
I’ve met Kasey Chambers and her father (who shows up on the album), so I know I will also definitely enjoy Kasey’s new album: Campfire. I’d already included the title song on my 2018 New Country Showcase .
Randall King has a new 13-song, self-titled album. This is a strong one for the Texas Country fans. Mirror, Mirror quickly lands a place on the playlist.
Chad Martin’s self-titled album is funny as hell. Drunk Ass Cowboy lands a spot on the playlist.
Sara Douga, “Boots, Bras, and Drawers” will deserve listening to for the album title alone.
Kaitlyn Baker, “Blackbird” is a 7-song album. The final song, “Heart of Appalachia,” was used for tourism promotion in her native southwest Virginia a couple years ago. I have distant relatives in the same area who shared that video when it came out.
Gary P. Nunn’s “Friends For Life Vol 1” doesn’t appear to be on Spotify, but I included the link to his YouTube listings.
Balsam Range and the Atlanta Pops Orchestra, “Mountain Overture” – bluegrass with an orchestra ! Yeah, I’ll definitely check this out. My father lived in Massachusetts one year when he worked for GE, and was an usher for Arthur Fiedler’s Boston Pops, so I grew up listening to orchestra music a good bit, in addition to country and other styles.
Sideline’s Front and Center is a new bluegrass album. I’ve included Sideline’s work on playlists before, so I’m looking forward to having the time to check this out.
Claybank’s “No Escape” is another bluegrass album that has been recommended to me, so it’s another I will listen to.
Breakers Yard, “I Don’t Hurt Anyone” is fourteen songs.
James Scott Bullard’s “Full Tilt Boogie” is ten songs.
Bay Station, “Other Desert Cities” is ten songs.
Jackson Emmer, “Jukebox” is ten songs.
Rhett Uhland’s “Always Coming Home” is eight songs.
Daniel Meade, “When Was The Last Time” is nine songs.
Eric Schaffer, “Crazy Road Trip” is nine songs.
Jonathan Tedford, “Green Jacket EP” is six songs.
Muscadine Bloodline, “Movin On” is five songs.
I haven’t clicked with Keith Urban’s recent work, but here’s his new album Graffiti U .
Harri Caine, “One Way Home” is a new song from Sweden.
Smalltown Tommy & Jan Ivar Pettersen, “Et Kort For Alltid” is a song one might call “Norwegiana.”