Thursday, December 10, 2015

A Look Ahead To What's Coming In 2018- New Album Release Dates

The landscape looks bright for numerous new releases that promise to engage listeners lyrically and musically. From legends like Loretta Lynn and Martina McBride to current stars like Jack Ingram and Dierks Bentley, there is lots of new music planned in the new year. Here is a just a partial list of projects that have firm release dates and a long list of projects that are rumored to be released in the coming year. What are you most looking forward to?

Updated September 15, 2018

January 12
Anderson East/Encore/Low Country Sound-Elektra Records
Walker McGuire/Walker McGuire/ EP
Sonia Leigh/ Mad Hatter/ Willing to Fly Records
Dixie Chicks / MMXVI Live

January 19
Devin Dawson/Dark Horse/Atlantic/Warner
LANco/Hallelujah Nights/Arista Nashville
Colter Wall/Imaginary Appalachia/Young Mary's
Lefty Frizzell/The Singles Collection 1950-62/Acrobat
Caitlyn Smith/Starfire/Monument Records
First Aid Kit/Ruins/Columbia
Moon Taxi/Let The Record Play/RCA Records
John Conlee/Classics 3/Rose Colored Records

January 26
Steep Canyon Rangers/Out In The Open/Ramseur
John Conlee/Classics 3/Rose Colored Records
Kalie Shorr/ Awake/Shorr Thing
Gord Bamford / Neon Smoke

January 31
Michael Peterson/Drink, Swear, Steal & Lie

February 2
Montgomery Gentry/ Here's To You/ Average Joes
Mike and the Moonpies/Steak Night at the Prairie Rose/Smith
Justin Timberlake/Man of the Woods/RCA

February 9
Wade Bowen/ Solid Ground/ Thirty Tigers
Dallas Smith/Side Effects/604 Music
Doc Watson/Live at Club 47/ Yep Roc Records
George Hamilton IV and V/Pictures From Life's Other Side/Scotdisc

February 16
I’m With Her (Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan)/See You Around/Rounder
Brandi Carlisle/By the Way, I Forgive You/Low Country Sound / Elektra
Courtney Patton/ What It's Like To Fly Alone/ Courtney Patton Records
Dugger Band/East Tennessee Son/Dugger Band Music

February 23
Jeff Hyde / Norman Rockwell World/ Jeff Hyde Records
Dylan Pratt / Limbo / Razor and Tie

March 9
Leslie Satcher/Two Days In Muscle Shoals/Notting Hill
Guthrie Trapp/Life After Dark

March 16
Scotty McCreery/ Season's Change/ Triple Tigers
Oak Ridge Boys/17th Avenue Revival

March 23
Jordan Davis/Home State/MCA Nashville
High Valley/Farmhouse Sessions
Avalon Kali/Avalon Kali
Maggie Rose/Smooth EP

March 30
Kim Richey/Edgeland/Yep Roc Records
Ashley McBryde/American Scandal/Warner Nashville
Lindi Ortega/Liberty
Mary Chapin Carpenter/Sometimes Just the Sky
Kacey Musgraves/Golden Hour/UMG
Buddy Brown/Justy Sayin'

April 6
Blackberry Smoke/Find a Light
VA Dancehall Dreaming'- A Tribute to Pat Green
David Lee Murphy/No Zip Code/Reviver
Red Marlow/Country as Cornbread
Various/Johnny Cash: Forever Words/Legacy Recordings
Don Gibson/The Best of the Hickory Records Years (1970-1978)/Omnivore Recordings
Restoration/Reinterpreting The Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin
Jerry Jeff Walker/It's About Time/Tried and True Records

April 13
Jason Aldean/Rearview Town/Broken Bow Records
John Prine/The Tree of Forgiveness/Oh Boy Records

April 20
Old Crow Medicine Show/Volunteer
Brothers Osborne/Port Saint Joe
Ashley Monroe/Sparrow/Warner Nashville
Donovan Woods/Both Ways/Meant Well
Joshua Hedley/Mr. Jukebox/Third Man Records
Parmalee/Party Pack/Stoney Creek
The Shires/Accidently On Purpose/Decca

April 21
Record Store Day Offerings:
Live At The Atlanta Pop Festival, July 3 & 5, 1970 - The Allman Brothers Band Legacy - 4 x LP 'RSD First' - 3000 qty
Things Change - Bobby Bare - BFD LP RSD Exclusive - 1500
At Folsom Prison: 50th Anniversary Elegacy Edition - Johnny Cash - Legacy - 5 x LP - RSD Exclusive - 2500
I Love You Because / You're The Nearest Thing To Heaven - Johnny Cash - Charly - 7" Vinyl '- RSD First'
61 Days In Church - Covers - Eric Church - EMI Nashville - LP RSD Exclusive - 2500
Memories, Memoirs & Miles: Songs Of A Lifetime - Charlie Daniels - CDC Records - 2 x LP RSD Exclusive - 1500
Live at Twist & Shout - Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - New West Records - Vinyl 'RSD First' - 3000
Heart Break - Lady Antebellum - Capitol Nashville - 7" Vinyl RSD Limited Run / Regional Focus - 500
The King In the Ring - Elvis Presley - Legacy - 2 x LP RSD Exclusive - 3000
The Bottom Line Archive Series: In Their Own Words: With Vin Scelsa - Lou Reed and Kris
Kristofferson - The Bottom Line Records - 12" Picture Disc RSD Limited Run / Regional Focus - 1000
Starfire - Caitlyn Smith - Monument - LP 'RSD First' - 1000
Way Out West - Desert Suite (Trip One) - Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives- Superlatone Recordings - 12" Vinyl RSD Exclusive - 1200
Fearless Platinum Edition - Taylor Swift - Big Machine - 2 x LP 'RSD First' - 2500
1989 - Taylor Swift - Big Machine - LP 'RSD First' - 2500
Taylor Swift - Taylor Swift - Big Machine - LP 'RSD First' - 2500

April 27
Sideline/Front and Center/Mountain Home
Willie Nelson/Last Man Standing/Sony Legacy
Beth Nielsen Chapman/Hearts of Glass
Southern Halo/Just Like In The Movies
Keith Urban/Graffiti U/Capitol Records Nashville
Morgan Wallen/If I Know Me/Big Loud Records
Muscadine Bloodline/Muscadine Bloodline [EP]

April 29, 2018
Eric Church/61 Days In Church/EMI Nashville

May 4
Last Bandoleros/San Antonio
Drake White/Pieces [Digital EP]/BMLG Records
Jeff Plankehorn/Sleeping Dogs/Spike Steel Records
Erik Dylan/Baseball on the Moon

May 11
Brent Cobb/Providence Canyon/Elektra
Ashley Campbell/The Lonely One/Whistle Stop Records
Buck Owens and the Buckaroos/The Complete Capitol Singles: 1967–1970/Omnivore Recordings-Buck Owens Estate

May 15
Collin Raye/Collin Raye — 25 Years, 25 Hits

May 18
Trent Harmon/You Got ‘Em All/Big Machine Records
Kelly Willis/Back Being Blue/Premium Records-Thirty Tigers
Various/Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ’70s” exhibit in Nashville/CMHoF

May 25
Tyler Dial/Repaint/Neon Cross Music
Lindsay Ell/The Continuum Project [Digital]/BBR Music Group
Hillary Williams/My Lucky Scars

June 1
Michael Ray/Amos/Atlantic Records-Warner Music Nashville
Thompson Square/MASTERPIECE
Luke Combs/This One's For You Too (Deluxe Edition)
Neko Case – Hell-On
American Aquarium – Things Change
Tami Neilson – SASSAFRASS
Karen Jonas – Butter
Father John Misty – God’s Favorite Customer
Kyle Park – Don’t Forget Where You Come From

June 8
Dierks Bentley/The Mountain/Capitol
Erin Rae – Putting Out Airs
Jesse Dayton – The Outsider
Coco O’Connor – This Ol’ War
Craig Campbell/See You Try/Red Bow Records
The Sisterhood Band/Summer Setlist/Sony Music Nashville
Sylvia/Second Bloom: The Hits Re-Imagined/Red Pony Records

June 15
Gene Clark/Sings For You/Omnivore
Steve Moakler/Born Ready/CN Records
Sonia Leigh/Live in London - Studio 3 Sessions
The Lost Trailers/Old Friends/Independent

June 22
Paul Cauthen – Have Mercy (EP)
Dan + Shay – self-titled
Rhyan Sinclair – Barnstormer
LeAnn Rimes/Re-Imagined/Thirty Tigers

June 29
The Milk Carton Kids – All The Things That I Did And All The Things That I Didn’t Do
The Wild Feathers – Greetings From The Neon Frontier
Cody Canada and the Departed – 3
Tyler Childers – Live on Red Barn Radio I & II

July 6
Kinky Friedman/Circus of Life/Echo Hill
Jesse Allen/I’m Steppin In/JA Country

July 13
Rayland Baxter – Wide Awake
AHI – In Our Time
Rodney Crowell/Acoustic Classics/RC1
Chris Lane/Laps Around The Sun/Big Loud
Jason Isbell/ Sirens Of The Ditch (Deluxe)/New West Records
Krystal Keith/Boulder/Show Dog
Willie Nelson/Things To Remember: The Pamper Demos/Bear Family

July 20
Lori McKenna/The Tree/CN Records-Thirty Tigers
Sarah Ross/Nervous Breakdown/Average Joes
Mason Ramsey/Famous [EP]/Big Loud Records-Atlantic Records

July 27
Kenny Chesney/Songs for the Saints/Blue Chair-Warner Bros. Nashville
Catherine McGrath – This Town
Cody Jinks – Lifers - Rounder
Various/The Music Of Nashville, Season 6, Vol. 2/Big Machine Records-Lionsgate Television Inc.-ABC Studios

August 3
Amanda Shires/To the Sunset/Silver Knife-Thirty Tigers
Lucero – Among The Ghosts
Jim Lauderdale – Time Flies + Jim Lauderdale and Roland White
Jim Lauderdale/Jim Lauderdale And Roland White/Yep Roc Records
Riley Clemmons/Riley Clemmons/Capitol CMG
Phil Wickham/Living Hope/Fair Trade Services
Dustin Collins/It’s Been Awhile/Average Joes Entertainment-DCDL Entertainment

August 10
Jason Eady/I Travel On/Old Guitar Records
Rhett Walker Band/Rhett Walker Band [EP]/Essential Records-Sony Music
Shooter Jennings – Shooter
Rhett Walker Band/Rhett Walker Band [EP]/Essential Records-Sony Music
The War and Treaty/Healing Tide/Strong World-Thirty Tigers
Liz Cooper & The Stampede/Window Flowers/Sleepyhead Records-Thirty Tigers
William Shatner & Jeff Cook/Why Not Me/Heartland Records Nashville
Various/Elvis Presley – Where No One Stands Alone/RCA-Legacy Recordings
Ali Morgan/It Starts Here/Silverado

August 17
Dillon Carmichael/Hell On An Angel/Riser House
Cole Swindell/All Of It/Warner Bros. Records
Buck Owens/Country Singer’s Prayer/Omnivore Recordings-Buck Owens Estate
Lydia Luce/Azalea
Joe Ely/The Lubbock Tapes: Full Circle/Rack'Em Records

August 24
Lucie Silvas/E.G.O.
Aaron Watson/Aaron Watson Live at the World’s Biggest Rodeo Show/Big Label Records
Devil Makes Three/Chains Are Broken/New West
Cypress Spring/American White Trash/Average Joes Entertainment
Ben Cesare Band/Cesare’s Palace/Go Long Entertainment
Kenton Bryant/Kenton Bryant

August 31
Aaron Lee Tasjan/Karma for Cheap/New West
Various/King Of The Road: A Tribute To Roger Miller/BMG
Jack Ingram/From the Vault 2007-2009/Big Machine

September 7
Runaway June/Runaway June [EP]/Wheelhouse Records
Ruston Kelly/Dying Star/Rounder Records
Abby Anderson/I’m Good/Black River
Mike Farris/Silver & Stone/Compass Records
Lauren Daigle/Look Up Child/Centricity Music
Kathy Mattea/Pretty Bird/Captain Potato-Thirty Tigers
Ben Danaher/Still Feel Lucky
Sister Hazel/Wind [EP]/Croakin’ Poets Records-Average Joes Ent.
Larry Stewart/Shifting Gears/5 West Music
Willie Nelson/Live at The Boarding House: SF Broadcast 1975
David Ball/Come See Me/Indie

September 14
Asleep at the Wheel/New Routes/Thirty Tigers
The Jaydees/Dandelions/WM
Carrie Underwood/Cry Pretty/Universal Music Group Nashville
Willie Nelson/My Way/Legacy Recordings
Bill Anderson/Anderson/TWI-Sony Orchard
David Nail & The Well Ravens/Only This and Nothing More/One Five Sound
Terri Clark/Raising The Bar
Gary Morris/Sense of Pride/Indie

September 21
Amy Helm/This Too Shall Light/Yep Roc
Thomas Rhett/Life Changes Deluxe/Valory Music Co.
Bobbie Gentry/The Girl From Chickasaw County – The Complete Capitol Masters/Capitol-UMe
Maggie Rose/Change The Whole Thing/Starstruck
Tyler Rich/Tyler Rich [EP]/The Valory Music Co.

September 28
Mandy Barnett/Strange Conversation/
Loretta Lynn/Wouldn’t It Be Great/Legacy Recordings
All Them Witches/ATW/New West Records
The Louvin Brothers/Love And Wealth: The Lost Recordings/Modern Harmonic

October 5
Ward Thomas/Restless Minds/Sony
Eric Church/Desperate Man/EMI Nashville
Michael Martin Murphey/Austinology – Alleys Of Austin/Soundly Music-The Orchard
Will Hoge/My American Dream
For King & Country/Burn the Ships
Heather Morgan/Borrowed Heart
Waylon Jennings/Live 75/Laser Media
Highwaymen/On The Road Again: Aberdeen Broadcast 1992/Go Faster Records

October 12
Morgan Evans/Things That We Drink To/WMN-Warner Bros. Records
Colter Wall/Songs of the Plains/Young Mary’s Record Co.-Thirty Tigers
Adam Hood/Somewhere In Between
Tracy Lawrence/Frozen in Time/Lawrence Music Group
Various/Volunteer Jam- A Tribute To Charlie Daniels/Blackbird
Jimmie Allen/Mercury Lane/Stoney Creek

October 19
Martina McBride/It’s The Holiday Season/BMG
Lefty Frizzell/An Article From Life: The Complete Recordings [20 CD Box Set]/Bear Family Records

October 26
Rosanne Cash/She Remembers Everything/Blue Note
Dillon Carmichael/Hell On An Angel/Riser House
Blackberry Smoke/The Southern Ground Sessions [EP]
Josh Turner/I Serve a Savior
Jamie Lin Wilson/Jumping Over Rocks/JLW

November 2
Randy Houser/Magnolia/Stoney Creek Records

November 9
Kane Brown/Experiment/RCA Nashville

December 7
Brett Young/Ticket To L.A./BMLG Records

Albums with "to be announced" release dates but presumed to be 2018:
Marc Cohn - TBD
Pistol Annies - TBD
Ronnie Milsap Duets Project
Crystal Bowersox - "Promises" EP [Pledge Music]
Damn Davidsons- TBD (GoFundMe)
Sam Hunt - TBA (MCA Nashville)
Julie Roberts- I Think You Know
Jack Ingram - An Album & Two EPs- Thirty Tigers
Aaron Watson - A Watson Family Christmas
Justin Moore
Sarah Buxton
Maren Morris
Garth Brooks - Triple Live
Jake Owen
Deana Carter
Chely Wright - Santa Will Find You
Chely Wright - Revival
Tucker Beathard - November Release
Sarah Darling

Other Projects Rumored To Be In The Works:
Ashley Gearing - TBD
Blue Sky Riders - TBD
Breaking Grass - TBD (Mountain Fever)
Brooke Eden - TBD (Red Bow Records)
Candi Carpenter - TBD
Carolina Chocolate Drops - TBD
Catherine Britt - TBD (Universal/Lost Highway)
Chase Bryant - TBD (Red Bow Records)
Clare Dunn - TBA (MCA Nashville)
Clay Walker - TBA
Craig Campbell - TBA (Red Bow Records)
David Fanning - TBA
Del McCoury - Woody Guthrie tribute album
Drew Baldridge - TBA (Cold River Records)
Ego Brothers (Corb Lund, Hayes Carll, and John Evans) - TBA
Eric Paslay - TBA (EMI Nashville)
Florida Georgia Line - Feb 2019 Release
Gary Allan - TBA (MCA Nashville)
Haley Georgia - TBA (EMI Nashville)
Hayes Carll - TBA
Holly Williams - TBA
Jackie Lee - TBA (Broken Bow Records)
Jake Owen - TBA
James Otto - TBA
John King - TBA (Black River Entertainment)
Jordan Rager - TBA (Broken Bow Records)
Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice - TBA
Kellie Pickler - TBA
Love and Theft - TBA (Curb)
Lucas Hoge - TBA
Maren Morris - TBA
Mark Collie - TBA (101 Ranch Records)
Mickey Guyton - TBA (Capitol Nashville)
Morgane Stapleton - TBA
Noel McKay - TBA
Oak Ridge Boys - Dave Cobb Produced Album
Pam Tillis- TBA
Randy Houser - TBA (Stoney Creek Records)
Rick Trevino - TBA
Rita Wilson - TBA
Robbie Fulks - TBA
Rodney Atkins - TBA (Curb Records)
Roland White - TBA
Ryan Kinder - TBA (Warner Bros. Records/Warner Music Nashville)
 Secret Sisters - TBA
Steve Wariner - TBA (project with Duane Eddy)
Tanya Tucker - TBA
The Railers - TBA (Warner Bros. Records/Warner Music Nashville)
Thompson Square - TBA
Trace Adkins - TBA (Wheelhouse Records)
Travis Tritt and Marty Stuart - TBA
Trick Pony - TBA
Wesley Dennis - TBA
Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and Merle Haggard - TBA


  1. Thanks. It's nice to know what's coming out and when if known. Looking forward to Nettles, Bogguss, Nail, Eli Young, Yearwood and ZBB.

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  2. Wow. Quite a list. I'm looking forward to Blue Sky Riders, Wade Hayes, Shenandoah and two not listed, Striking Matches and the Australian husband & wife duo O'Shea.

  3. This is great. Thanks. I'm looking forward to the new album from Brandi Clark. 12 Stories was so great.

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  6. I love some of the names I am seeing on here. Clay Walker and Gary Allan's leadoff singles are addictive and I can't wait to see what they have coming, especially with Clay, as it's been nearly 6 years since his last album. I had a feeling the Court Yard Hounds would be on their way to releasing something new right about now. Both of their voices are so soothing. I remember Chely Wright began a Kickstarter campaign about 2 years ago to get this new album going. Another long overdue release. Ditto for Rick Trevino.

    What intrigues me the most is Lila McCann's EP and what will be officially released on it. Over the years, she has had numerous non-album cuts to enjoy on sites like Myspace, from "Ain't It Great To Be a Woman" to "Go Easy On Me." Given especially that Myspace's music service is no longer reliable, I'd love to see these get an official release, but I also can't wait to see what else she has in store...I just wish Jessica Andrews was on this list.

  7. Brandy Clark ‘Big Day In A Small Town’ – Although technically outside of Q1, the news of a much-anticipated follow-up to the celebrated ’12 Stories’ is just too much to bear (April 1) (from FTCR)

  8. Can't Wait for Marie Osmonds new CD "Music is Medicine! Love ya Marie.

  9. Marie's CD Marie's CD will be coming out in march. Check out you tube. I think there is one song she sings. her nephew is a very good singer as well his name is David Osmond. The CD will be country contemporary country and a duet with Marty Roe Of Diamond Rio. Go Marie you are so beautiful as always.

  10. Josh Turner's fans have been waiting it seems like forever for his next album. Hopefully it will be released soon!

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  12. Would be nice if you could update the list!

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