Country Albums Set To Be Released & Expected in 2015

New year, new music! We saw our fair share of great country music over the course of 2014, but now it’s time to look ahead to what we can expect in 2015. There have already been a number of albums officially announced to be coming out in 2015, along with several other albums expected to be released. So I thought it would be a good idea to compile a list of what we can all expect over the course of the year. Expect all of the albums listed below to be reviewed by Country Perspective. Based on what’s been announced and what’s heavily speculated, we could be in for a fantastic year of country music. (Special Thanks to Rolling Stone and Windmills Country! They provided the majority of this information).

Already Announced

Blackberry Smoke – Holding All The Roses – Release Date: February 10

The southern rock/country band officially announced in November that they will be releasing their first album under new label Rounder Records. It will be called Holding All The Roses and here is track listing for the album:

1. “Let Me Help You (Find the Door)”
2. “Holding All the Roses”
3. “Living in the Song”
4. “Rock and Roll Again”
5. “Woman in the Moon”
6. “Too High”
7. “Wish in One Hand”
8. “Randolph County Farewell”
9. “Payback’s a Bitch”
10. “Lay It All on Me”
11. “No Way Back to Eden”
12. “Fire in the Hole”

Love & Theft – Whiskey on My Breath – Release Date: February 10

Now this was a group I did not expect to get excited about releasing new music. Then I heard the first single from this album (which is also the album name as you can see), “Whiskey on My Breath” and I was blown away. By the way, kudos to Derek for pointing this out to me. The duo never impressed with their bland pop country, so where did this come from? Well the duo left their major label Sony Music Nashville in October 2014, so now you know why they’re making real music now. This could be one of the biggest dark horse albums in country music this year.

The Mavericks – Mono – Release Date: February 17

The Mavericks actually leaked back in June 2014 on a Facebook post that they were releasing a new album on February 17, which Country Perspective aptly pointed out to you. But the post was taken down and they didn’t officially announce it until November. If this album, titled Mono, is as good as their 2013 comeback In Time, there is a great chance this is one of the top albums in country music in 2015. If you haven’t heard lead singer of The Mavericks Raul Malo sing, then you’re missing out.

Allison Moorer – Down To Believing – Release Date: March 17

The former wife of Steve Earle will release her first album since 2010. She talks about the album in length in her great interview with Rolling Stone (linked above), which I highly recommend reading. Another album that could quietly be one of the best of the year.

Alan Jackson – N/A – Release Date: Early 2015

Alan Jackson

The veteran country artist will release a brand new album of music that will coincide with his 25th Anniversary Tour, all of which I broke down back in October. So far no album name and official release date have been announced. It will be his first country album since 2012, as in 2013 he released a bluegrass album (which was fantastic too). Jackson hasn’t been getting a lot of radio time in recent years, but that might change with NASH Icons coming onto the scene.

Zac Brown Band – N/A – Release Date: Spring 2015

Zac Brown told Rolling Stone Country in November they plan to have a brand new album out in the spring of 2015, their first full album since Uncaged in 2012. He said they currently have 18 songs planned for the album, which as you know I’m not a fan of these big albums. He also talked about one song he’s excited about called “Beautiful Drug,” which he thinks will be a crossover hit. I’m anxious to hear what the band has come up with.

Maddie & Tae – N/A – Release Date: Spring 2015

In an interview with Country Weekly, Maddie Marlow said the duo hopes to have their first full length album released by spring 2015. They released a self-titled EP in November, their followup to their polarizing lead single “Girl in A Country Song.” Their first album will certainly be a hot topic upon its release.

Brothers Osborne – N/A – Release Date: Early 2015

After releasing a five song EP in November, the duo announced they would be releasing their first full album in early 2015. I thought their EP was solid, so I expect this album to at least be solid too.

Will Hoge – N/A – Release Date: Early 2015

The first single from the yet untitled album, “Middle of America,” came out in 2014 and I thought it was a solid song. There are very few details, but Rolling Stone put at the end of this post in November that a new album will be coming out in early 2015. We’ll wait and see.

Garth Brooks – N/A – Release Date: Sometime in 2015

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The country music icon made a solid, yet unspectacular comeback with Man Against Machine in November. But the album sales and radio performance has been quite disappointing. In fact his entire comeback has really been a letdown full of bad mistakes. What the hell was he thinking with those singles choices? Anyway he announced during his comeback presser that he would have another new album in 2015. We’ll see what the unpredictable Brooks has up his sleeve this year.

Loretta Lynn – N/A – Release Date: Sometime in 2015

The legendary country singer signed a multi-album deal with Sony Legacy last year and announced a new album for 2015. It will be her first album of new material in 11 years. I have no idea what to expect, but I’m definitely intrigued.

Reba – N/A – Release Date: Sometime in 2015

The biggest singing of the NASH Icons project so far, Reba was said to be almost finished with the album in October. The first album in five years from the country legend will be heavily promoted by Scott Borchetta and his NASH Icons teams I can imagine. If this album does great in sales and on radio, it will be a great first step for the new venture. Reba fans I’m sure are anxious to hear new material from her.

Expected, But Not Officially Announced

Hayes Carll – N/A – Release Date: Early 2015

As Saving Country Music reported in May 2014, Carll signed with well-known independent label Thirty Tigers and Carll said he expects to release a new album in early 2015. An album name and release date have yet to be announced.

Jamey Johnson – N/A – Release Date: Sometime in 2015?

After several months of speculation and years of no new music, Jamey Johnson finally came out and announced some big news. As he told Rolling Stone in late November, he has formed his own label Big Gassed Records and will now be releasing all of this music through it. The first music that has been released through the label was his Christmas EP, The Christmas Song. As for future music plans, here’s what he had to say in the interview:

To answer the question that the fans have been asking: “When are we gonna put out new music?” Now. We’re gonna start putting it out now, starting with this Christmas EP. And then you can look for another release from me after the start of the year. And you can look for more releases from me as the year progresses. We don’t have to go through the same waiting process that other artists might have to, stand in line and wait to get their music out. We’ll just kind of fall in line where we fit for retail — and if we don’t fit there, we don’t fit there. It’s not a problem to me.

His possible first single from the album was released for free on his site this past week titled, “Alabama Pines,” which you can expect a review on soon. Nothing has been officially announced regarding an album, but expect this soon.

Sturgill Simpson – N/A – Release Date: N/A

Sturgill Simpson hasn’t announced anything regarding new music in 2015. However, his producer Dave Cobb seemed to hint that we can expect more from Simpson in 2015 in an interview with Rolling Stone back in July 2014. When talking about Sturgill, he concluded with this:

We’re already starting another one — I feel like we could make three records this year.  Maybe he doesn’t release all three, but we should make them. We’re already doing something totally different and it will probably make a lot of people mad.”

I’ll be shocked if we don’t get new music from Simpson once again in 2015, although I won’t be disappointed because he has delivered two great albums in the last two years. Based on that quote from Cobb I’m excited and nervous about his next album.

Kacey Musgraves – N/A – Release Date: Sometime in 2015

Musgraves made her splashing debut in 2013 with the album Same Trailer, Different Park. Unless you have been living under a rock, you’ve watched her rack up numerous awards from Grammys to CMA awards for this album. Nothing has been confirmed or announced in regards to the new album, but she has been dropping tons of hints on social media like this tweet. It’s just a matter of an official announcement.

 

Carrie Underwood – N/A – Release Date: Sometime in 2015?

Underwood has subtly hinted that she will be releasing a new album in 2015, but other than that she has been quiet about it. With a baby on the way, her main concerns are probably not on music. She just released a greatest hits album in November.

Luke Bryan – N/A – Release Date: N/A

Yeah I’m not looking forward to it either, but you knew he would probably be releasing new material. Think of this as a friendly warning. Bryan has already said he’s in the middle of recording the new album, which would be his first since Crash My Party in 2013. Let’s hope it’s not as terrible as that one. I’m not confident. Also according to Windmills Country and Hits Daily Double, he will come out with a new spring break album on March 10, 2015.

Gary Allan – N/A – Release Date: Sometime in 2015

Gary Allan

Allan hasn’t released a new album since 2013, the critically acclaimed Set You Free. In an interview with MLive.com, Allan said he already has a bunch of new tunes lined up. The always under-the-radar artist will probably knock our socks off again.

Montgomery Gentry – N/A – Release Date: March 24

The music from this veteran duo lately has been terrible, but I once enjoyed their music and as you know I give every artist a chance at redemption. They hinted in a Billboard interview last October that they may release a new album in 2015. According to Windmills Country and Hits Daily Double, the new album will come out on March 24, 2015.

Josh Turner – N/A – Release Date: March 31

After a lengthy hiatus, Turner returned in 2014 with the single “Lay Low,” a pretty solid song. Turner says it’s the first single from his new album, which according to Windmills Country and Hits Daily Double is set to come out on March 31.

Martina McBride – N/A – Release date: Sometime in 2015

Two days before Christmas Martina McBride officially announced on her Twitter page that she was the newest signing to NASH Icons, another big coup for the new Big Machine imprint. She promised new music and more details to come. Last year she released an R&B covers album because she realized that country radio isn’t going to pay attention to her so why not do music she wants to do. This 2015 will most likely be a country album I’m thinking.

Easton Corbin – N/A – Release Date: March 31

Corbin already released the first single from the album, “Baby Be My Love Song.” It wasn’t very good. Hopefully the rest of the album is much better. According to Windmills Country and Hits Daily Double, the album will be released on March 31.

That’s all I could round-up! If you’ve heard any other new country music coming out this year or if you’re excited about a certain album, be sure to sound off in the comments below. 

16 thoughts on “Country Albums Set To Be Released & Expected in 2015

  1. Zack January 5, 2015 / 11:01 am

    Thanks for this Josh! I had no clue that Loretta Lynn was planning on a new album, that just made my day! Also, while not technically a country album, Steve Earle will release his blues record “Terraplane” on February 17th. The good news on Love and Theft is that they said they wanted their new album to show their mature side so thats a plus (hopefully). I wouldn’t expect much of Luke. He said recently that this album would be more of the same…ugh. Oh well. I don’t know what to expect on Montgomery Gentry, “Headlights” is definently a desperate cry for relevancy but the fact that they’re on a smaller label like Blaster gives me some hope. I’ve heard many great things on Blackberry Smoke so i’ll have to check that out. Josh Turner’s should be great, and Maddie and Tae’s should at least be interesting. Also excited for some new Alan Jackson as well. I heard that he has been playing a new song called “Angels and Alcohol” on his tour and that its been garnering a great response.

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    • Zack January 5, 2015 / 12:29 pm

      Forgot to mention, Easton Corbin’s new album is rumored to be called “It’s About To Get Real”

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      • Travis J February 15, 2015 / 1:05 am

        Baby Be My Love Song wasn’t very good? Wasn’t very good? What country DO you like? Perfect twist of modern and classic country. The guy has an amazing voice and can make any filler song sound like a hit. The song is growing in popularity and is one of his catchiest songs yet! The way you put your opinion in there like that just felt wrong. It’s YOUR opinion and you are entitled to it, but the way it was worded seemed like everyone feels that way about the song, which if I may steal from google, Taste of Country, said the song was “the sort of timeless tune Corbin began his career with.”

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    • Josh Schott January 5, 2015 / 1:07 pm

      No problem. Thanks for reading. I didn’t know about Steve Earle’s new album, so I’ll keep this in mind.

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      • Zack January 5, 2015 / 9:37 pm

        Hey i just heard from a buddy of mine, Zac Brown Band are releasing a new song called “Homegrown” with an adds date of Janurary(this part could be wrong) but it looks like we may be getting that album sooner than later

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        • Josh Schott January 5, 2015 / 9:56 pm

          Thanks for the heads up. I wouldn’t be shocked if we get the first single from it soon. “Homegrown” may be it.

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  2. Cobra January 6, 2015 / 7:38 am

    Every time Gary Allan announces a new album, I keep hoping he’ll record a song I’ve heard him perform live called “I’d Rather Be Lonely Without You,” or another one called “Long Year.” His albums never let me down, but I always keep hoping for those songs.

    Dwight Yoakam should also have a new one coming out this year. When he released “Who’ll Stop the Rain” last year, it was said to be the first single from “his new album due out later this year.” Since we didn’t get an album in 2014, 2015 should likely be the year.

    Definitely looking forward to the new Hayes Carll album as well.

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  3. Acca Dacca January 6, 2015 / 12:29 pm

    Justin Townes Earle is releasing a new album by the name of Absent Fathers on January 13, 2015. It was recorded at the same time as his September 2014 release Single Mothers, so it’s technically a double album, but he elected to release the two halves separately.

    Glad you mentioned Montgomery Gentry, Josh, particularly with the respectful designation as a “veteran duo.” I never expected them to be ones to roll with the tide, given how different their southern rock/honky tonk sound was when they came onto the scene in 1999. They even maintained this sound for the most part through their 2011 release Rebels on the Run. My, how times change. Two terrible songs later and I suddenly have lost quite a bit of respect for them, and they even blocked me from commenting on their Facebook page because I made three (THREE) constructively critical comments. No expletives, no “hate”, just a concerned fan with a voice. I’m not sure if it was them directly or just their moderators but that obviously hurt me a bit. On a bit of a creepy note, when they premiered “Headlights” I also left the same comments on Soundcloud and their new record label Blaster Records started following my profile (I’m like only 1 of 5 profiles they’re following).

    I always thought that Montgomery Gentry had more integrity than they’ve displayed in the last few years. Apparently, lack of a big hit on their last album changed their minds. They freaking cried when they were inducted into the Opry a few years ago. Grown men, crying because one of their dreams came true. They even cover classic country songs frequently when they play the Opry, and unlike many so-called “members” (Blake Shelton, etc.) they actually honor the requirements for membership (such as a certain number of appearances in each year). On the flip side, they release “Titty’s Beer” and “Headlights.” Beforehand, they’d collaborated with Colt Ford on “Ain’t Out of the Woods Yet” and even allowed him to remix two of their songs, “Roll With Me” and “Where I Come From.” I cut them slack for that because while the new versions didn’t really work, they weren’t released as singles and I have a modicum of respect for Colt Ford’s cultish subgenre brand. I have no problem with country rap, just don’t call it country music or play it on country stations. Make a country rap station, call it what it is, acknowledge it as a subgenre and let it have its own identity instead of trying to force it into another. End rant, but I just don’t know what to make of MG anymore. They seem like good guys that love classic country music: they even played “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes” at the Opry in tribute to George Jones the day he died and included a cover of Waylon Jennings’ “Good Old Boys” song on the same extended play as two songs with Colt Ford. I just don’t get it.

    In slightly better news, “Headlights” seems to be stalling a bit at radio despite the obvious attempt to ape bro-country trends. Apparently it was so obvious no one’s buying it. Of course, they’re working with Jason Aldean producer Michael Knox on this new album, so why I was surprised to hear such a song from them is a mystery. I suppose that we can hold out hope that the actual album will have some redeeming qualities, but such thinking hasn’t bear much fruit this year (see Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, etc.)

    On a slightly different note, I’m becoming more and more confused by how song rankings are considered on the airplay charts. I’ve heard “Headlights” three or four times, but it’s apparently holding steady at number 40, just inside the chart. On the other hand, Big & Rich’s single “Look at You” apparently got all the way into the top 10 at number 7, but I only heard it on the radio about ten times. Granted, I don’t live on the radio anymore but I hear the countless other songs that are by prominent artists that were ranked ten spaces behind more times than B&R’s song. That’s frankly an injustice, but also just bewildering. If songs that are ranked behind others seem to get more plays, what’s up with the charts?

    Thoughts on these issues, Josh? I’d appreciate it.

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    • Josh Schott January 6, 2015 / 4:54 pm

      Yeah I realized after this article was published that I had forgotten Justin Townes Earle’s new album. I even knew about it and I just forgot to put it on. I’m well aware of it.

      Montgomery Gentry is in a similar position as Ronnie Dunn. Older artists trying to stay true to their roots, while also trying to appeal to radio. Trying to play both sides never works out for an artist and always blows back in their face. I have a feeling Montgomery Gentry’s new album will be similar to Dunn’s from last year. Some good songs and some really bad songs. I imagine the duo is pretty conflicted on what kind of music to make.

      You probably got blocked from their page because you spoke the truth and the truth can hurt people. When artists make an “artistic shift,” they don’t want to hear about how they’re wrong because they don’t want to admit they’re wrong. Jerrod Niemann is a perfect example of this. He went from praising traditional country to talking about how progressive auto-tune and rap country is. Artists who sell out are delusional.

      Well according to my research the Country Airplay chart “measures airplay audience impression on 128 country music stations.” So that maybe explains why you hear some songs more than others, yet they’re lower on the chart. Only some radio stations are taken into consideration. I’m probably the wrong person to ask about how charts work because I don’t think I could give you the best answer, as I’m not exactly familiar with the rules of the chart. The person who could give you the best answer is Deb Bose, aka Windmills Country. She could definitely help you with this question and give you the most clear answer.

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      • Acca Dacca January 6, 2015 / 6:02 pm

        Well, as I said over on Trigger’s similar page on Saving Country Music, Justin Townes Earle is mostly acoustic Motown/Americana at this point, not really country. I don’t consider it a great loss to your list, I was just seeing if you were aware since he’s a prominent part of the independent scene. You are, so no further need for debate I suppose. Zack informed you of Steve Earle’s new record Terraplane, so all’s known on that front at the moment (interesting though that the two records are merely a single month apart, though).

        On Montgomery Gentry, interesting analogy with Ronnie Dunn. I hadn’t thought about it from that perspective, probably because he lacks to association with Colt Ford. Again, I don’t harbor the hate towards CF that many like-minded country music fans do, but it’s hard not to think of him as the gateway to where MG is now. First, they allowed him to remix their 2008 hit “Roll With Me” in that same year (or in early 2009, can’t remember). Next, they sign to his label in 2010 and release a new album in 2011. Surprisingly, Colt Ford didn’t appear on that one. However, MG guested on the track “Ain’t Out of the Woods Yet” on Colt’s 2012 album Declaration of Independence. Not a horrible song (it’s actually a guilty pleasure of mine), but still undeniably hick hop, which again I don’t have a problem with when it doesn’t infringe on country music or try to posit itself as a part of the latter. Later in 2012, MG released the extended play I mentioned briefly above by the name of Friends and Family. I forgot to mention, but that record’s only single was a good little tune by the name of “I’ll Keep the Kids” which peaked at number 38 on the charts in 2013. This EP also contained that remix of “Where I Come From” along with “Ain’t Out of the Woods Yet” and that Waylon cover of “Good Old Boys.” I guess they are in a bit of a Ronnie Dunn situation, aren’t they? Same mix of traditional and new age. Then, they released “Titty’s Beer” for the Mud Digger, Vol. 4 compilation from Average Joe’s (Colt Ford’s record label). It’s also worth noting that this song is a Colt Ford cover as well. Finally, they ended up signing with Blaster Records in February 2014 and issued “Headlights” in September.

        “Roll With Me (Remix)” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UB2_AiKZmIA
        “Ain’t Out of the Woods Yet” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3v_EGJwvIB0
        “I’ll Keep the Kids” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=demZChChyEI
        “Where I Come From (Remix)” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8VwKIz6sFA

        (The Waylon cover is the only one that hasn’t been uploaded, unsurprisingly. However, they DID share the stage with the man himself at his last ever concert in 2000. Waylon heard that they played his song “Ramblin’ Man” live and invited them).
        “Ramblin’ Man” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePqEtayCWgA

        Somewhat regrettably, I’ve made my peace with “Titty’s Beer.” It was horrible, yes, but it was also the kind of joke that might cause a smile with no one around. I was mostly appalled that it was MONTGOMERY GENTRY performing the song than the actual content itself. They’ve always put on an air of conviction, integrity and family friendliness, so to hear such a low brow piece of garbage from them with a not-so-subtle joke about breasts was absolutely horrendous. “Headlights” was another one that was more offensive to my ears because of the source than the content. It’s a blood-curdling scream for relevancy and radio attention, yes, but it’s not overly sexist or outright awful. The melody is decent and the chorus is catchy enough if you shut your brain off. What bothered me was that it was Montgomery Gentry imitating much younger artists, and doing it in the most transparent way possible. Hip hop beat? Check. Mock rapping? Check. “Chilling” reference? Check. Partying? Check. Hanging out by a body of water? Check. Trucks? Check. Name-dropping of country legend, but ambiguously so we don’t know which Hank they’re referring to? Check. The only thing the least bit unique about the song is that it takes place at night. Good grief. I probably spent more time dissecting it than the writers did crafting it.

        As for me being blocked, I don’t think they’re so much delusional or convicted by my statements being “true” as they were just offended by my phrasing. As I said, I didn’t cuss or berate them, but I DID tell them that their older material was better, that the new song was chasing trends, wasn’t country, and also that they should leave that crap to FGL and Luke Bryan. I’m sure it came off as trolling more than a voice that had their number. Thanks for the info on the charts, that makes a lot more sense.

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  4. Cobra January 6, 2015 / 10:43 pm

    Also, I know this technically doesn’t qualify as country, but there’s a possibility of a new Josh Ritter album this year, and he’s a great artist. Looking forward to a follow up to “The Beast In Its Tracks.”

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  5. bob February 15, 2015 / 5:38 pm

    Striking Matches debut album “Nothing But The Silence” is available for pre-order today, in stores March 24, 2015. I pre-ordered the album a few weeks ago and I have their 4 song EP from 2012. Striking Matches is Sarah Zimmerman and Justin Davis. The duo has already appeared on the Grand Ole Opry over 30 times. I saw them 4 times at the Bluebird Cafe. Some of the songs they’ve written have been on the Nashville tv show (which i don’t watch.)

    Amy Black has “The Muscle Shoals Sessions” album coming out this summer. I saw her a few days ago at the Bluebird and was so impressed I bought her first two albums, “One Time” and “This Is Home”, after the show. All new songs are solely written by Amy. She does 1 or 2 cover songs on each cd.

    Australian husband and wife country duo O’Shea has a new album “The Famine and the Feast” available for pre-order. I have their first two albums, “Mr. and Mrs.” and “One + One”, which I also bought after a Bluebird show, one that featured Jamie O’Neal.

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  6. Mike Richard (@MLR_88) April 27, 2015 / 3:10 pm

    Whitey Morgan & The 78’s are releasing Sonic Ranch on May 19th.

    And Cody Jinks had a solid release with Adobe Sessions back in January.

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    • Josh Schott April 27, 2015 / 3:49 pm

      Yep, I’m aware of both. I reviewed Jinks’ album and gave it a 9/10. Very good album that I enjoyed from beginning to end. I’ve received Whitey’s album in advance and definitely look forward to writing a review for it. It’s a can’t miss.

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