This is a busy week for me and there doesn’t seem to be a lot to discuss right now in country and Americana. Blake Shelton, Jake Owen, and Luke Bryan have all announced rather lack luster singles steeped in clichés and boring lyrics. And some of mainstream’s recent album releases have been just as shallow and boring. So given my time restraints, I’m just going to push out a quick and dirty list of some of our most anticipated albums expected to release this year.
I would like to write another historical snapshot soon for another country music legend. If there is someone you’d like for me cover sooner rather than later, please feel free to include in your comment, and I’ll take your vote into consideration!
- Southern Family – Due out next week, the album is a concept album about family life in the south. Cobb’s main inspiration for the album is White Mansions, a multi-artist album from the late 70s that featured Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, Steve Cash, and John Dillon. Why are we excited for this album? Just look at the line up: Brandy Clark, Zac Brown, Jamey Johnson, Miranda Lambert, Anderson East, Chris & Morganne Stapleton, Jason Isbell, and many more. Some of the early song previews have been great, including Zac Brown’s “Grandma’s Garden” and Miranda Lambert’s “Sweet By and By.”
- Margo Price’s Midwest Farmer’s Daughter – Margo Price has a great traditional sound and a commanding voice for country music. Price was the lead singer from Buffalo Clover for a number of years and now is poised to release her first solo project. The few preview tracks for the album have sounded promising, and an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert has drawn interest to her album.
- Parker Millsap’s The Very Last Day – This will be Millsap’s second album, and the Oklahoma roots rocker looks to continue making a big impression with The Very Last Day. Parker Millsap was nominated for Americana Emerging Artist of the Year in 2014 after the release of his self-titled debut album.
- Sturgill Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide to Earth – I won’t go into too much about why we’re excited for this album. Josh covered the announcement last week. However, I’ll give my opinion saying that I’m looking forward to hear Sturgill’s new music. Between “Sugar Daddy” for Vinyl and his new single “Brace For Impact (Live a Little)” I think he sounds great with more heavy rock added to his music. Including a cover of one of my favorite Nirvana songs, I must say that I’m excited for April 15 to get here!
Others potentially great albums to look forward to that have been announced are Brandy Clark’s Big Day In A Small Town, Hayes Carll’s Lovers & Leavers and Jon Pardi’s California Sunrise. And of course there will be many more announced in the coming months. Maybe Jamey Johnson will finally release a new album!
Upcoming/Recent Country Releases
- Chris King’s Animal will be released tomorrow.
- Luke Bryan has announced his next single will be “Huntin’, Fishin’, and Lovin’ Every Day.”
- Blake Shelton announced his new single “Came Here to Forget.” Shelton also announced the release date for his new album. If I’m Honest will be released on May 20.
- Americana songwriter Michaela Anne will release her new album, Bright Lights and the Fame on May 13. Her new single, “Won’t Go Down” is available now.
- Kenny Chesney has teased that he’s been working on a new album. No official details have been provided yet.
Throwback Thursday Song
Loretta Lynn “The Pill”. This 1975 song from Loretta Lynn stirred a lot of controversy upon its release. Blantantly dealing with the subject of birth control, this song challenged all the established and preconceived values of country music and gender stereotypes. Loretta Lynn, now 83, added one more album to her extensive collection with Full Circle.
Non-Country Suggestion of the Week
Nirvana Nevermind. 1991’s Nevermind is a masterful album. With songs like “In Bloom”, “Come As You Are” and the excellent “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, this album embodies grunge rock. If you have never sat down to listen to the whole album, I highly suggest you do so. Kurt Cobain was a musical genius lost too soon.
Tweet of the Week
If you have to “see the video” to get the song – you failed.
— notahitsongwriter (@notahitwriter) March 3, 2016
While I do appreciate ambiguity in lyrics and allowing a listener to craft their own interpretation to the song, I must say I agree. Songs are meant to be listened to, not watched.
A Spot On iTunes Review
Granger Smith’s new album Remington is terrible. It’s so bland that we’re not reviewing it now. But if we did review it, this review above covers what we would say in a nutshell.