I have now had this blog for two years, and I made posts every day of 2018. I will scale back to less frequent posts in 2019, due to the absence of interest. I will maintain a robust 2019 Country Plus YouTube list, which I will begin in the very near future. #moretoignore
In the current environment, recorded music is generally more of a necessary calling card for artists to tour behind than itself the primary generator of income. They either put out new music, or someone else who did will grab the better bookings. As we saw in 2018, this model might suck for those creating content, but it is a free musical buffet for us consumers.
I expect albums this year from George Strait, Reba, Brad Paisley, Chris Stapleton,Sturgill Simpson, Candi Carpenter, Jason James, Sunny Sweeney, Randy Rogers, The Steeldrivers, Dallas Moore, Trisha Yearwood, Midland,Aaron Watson, Jake Penrod, Country Side of Harmonica Sam, Mo Pitney, William Michael Morgan, Barnyard Stompers, Maren Morris, Rebecca Loebe, and most everyone else.
Lionel Richie apparently has something in mind, too: Tennesseean article
Here are some albums expected in January:
The Squeezebox Bandits (said first of the year when I saw them), Blackbird Presents’ all-star John Lennon tribute CD/DVD, Madisons (January 4th EP – I saw this group in San Marcos one time at the old Superfly’s Records), Eight 30 Records’ “Sideman’s Dream” (1/4), Jason Michael Carroll, Danny Burns, Dee White, Farewell Angelina (I saw them at CMA Fest), The Steel Woods (I’ve seen these guys twice so far), Clay Walker, Balsam Range (bluegrass), Randy Houser (I saw him open for Dierks Bentley in Tuscaloosa a couple of years ago), Kentucky Headhunters, Carolina Blue (bluegrass), Cody Johnson, Flatland Cavalry, Ronnie Milsap (duets), Terry Klein, Alice Wallace, Rob Baird, Charlie Shafter, Greensky Bluegrass, Pony Bradshaw, Clint Bradley, and Joshua Ray Walker.
I wouldn’t be surprised if some Australians release new music at Tamworth, so keep an ear out down under.
As for shows in 2019, I hope to catch a ton of central Texas shows, of course. I am also looking into the possibility of CMA week in June and the Tuscaloosa, Alabama bicentennial celebration in March (Isbell, Commodores,et al).