Thanks to a rainy day, I have time to add some descriptions this week.
Randy Rogers will have an album release street party in San Marcos this weekend. The title song (Guy Clark/Stapleton cover) is a welcome part of my March-April list: Hellbent on a Heartache.
The Steel Blossoms are the first signees to Jerry Salley’s new music label, Billy Jam Records. The description is promising.
Jack Ingram’s new album coincides with his all-star annual “Mack, Jack, and McConnaughey” charity event in Austin. It’ll be two days of concerts this year. Chris Stapleton is the first day, but the “private pre-sale” knocked out all the tickets before the public had an opportunity to buy. The second day will be Jack himself, along with Holly Williams, Wade Bowen, Scott Stapp, Butch Walker, Jessi Alexander, Jon Randall, John Fulbright, and more.
Erin Enderlin has a 3-song EP, but a couple of these songs were on her last album. Expect good traditional country. Here’s her recent cover of Brooks & Dunn’s Neon Moon
Rodrigo y Gabriela are an “acoustic rock guitar duo” from Mexico, but their guitar picking is worth checking out, no matter the genre.
Tammy Moxon is an Australian artist, so a lot of American country sites will miss this one. Here’s the video for the title song: Drives Me Sane
Bluegrass fans will want to check out Larry Stephenson Band (30 years), and Aubrey Eisenman & The Clydes.
Chad Richard is from the TX/LA border region. Here’s a look back at Chad Richard’s appearance on Jack Ingram’s Songwriter Series in 2016.
I saw the family band Bailen at SXSW. They’re more Americana/rock than country, but they have very nice harmonies.
When I saw Maddie and Tae last month in Nashville for a CMT taping, they included a good bit of steel guitar. I’m curious to hear how the “produced” versions of the songs on the EP compare to what I heard in person.
Lizzie Cates’ album is out today (Thursday). She is in the same age range as Maddie and Tae, and similarly combines pop country sensibilities with a good dose of organic country instrumentation. Here’s Stuck In Place.
Darryl Worley’s album includes some new, and some remakes. I saw him three years ago at the Grand Ole Opry.
Josh Ritter worked with Jason Isbell, so there will be plenty of Americana coverage.
I suppose King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard are considered some form of rock, as is Rob Thomas. They sound plenty different from each other.
Kiefer Sutherland is scheduled to perform at the Forever Country Stage at CMA Fest, as is Darryl Worley.
There’s a posthumous release by JJ Cale, and there’s the Cranberries’ final album.
Pink’s album includes a guest spot from Chris Stapleton, so I’ll give that song a listen.
More album listings: The Mountain Goats, Kolby Cooper, Patrick Park, Steve Bryson, Anders Osborne, Safe as Houses, Dylan Scott, Adam Capps, and Guided By Voices.
I’ve already mentioned the early-week releases by Texans David Touchton and Jarrod Morris. Since I’m posting this on a Wednesday, instead of the usual Friday, I’m sure more albums will trickle in, and I’ll come back and edit the post to reflect that.
Aubrie Sellers released a Dwight Yoakam cover: A Thousand Miles From Nowhere.