Lady Antebellum and the Pistol Annies are just
two of the country acts releasing new music on Tuesday (May 7). Up-and-coming singer Craig
Campbell, bluegrass duo Dailey Vincent, Americana-influenced songwriter Patty Griffin and the Dixie Chicks’
Natalie Maines are offering new projects, as well.
Lady Antebellum’s Golden features their upbeat No. 1 single,
“Downtown.” Band member Charles Kelley says the album title reflects
the band’s professional perspective. “We definitely want to value this time in our careers because it’s such a treasure that
we can still sit in a room and write songs together. I personally feel so humbled to be still making records that people are
excited to hear.”
Annie Up, the Pistol Annies’ second album, follows their 2011 debut, Hell on Heels.
The trio’s Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and
Angaleena Presley wrote every song on the album. “The goal of
our music is to have people feel like they’re having a conversation with us,” Lambert says.
Meanwhile, Campbell’s Never
Regret includes his Top 40 single, “Outta My Head.” Dailey Vincent deliver Brothers of the Highway with their
traditional single, “Steel Drivin’ Man.” Griffin’s American Kid was written to honor her late father, which is especially
evident on songs like “Go Wherever You Want to Go.” Maines’ first solo album, Mother, draws on her rock influences,
with Ben Harper serving as producer.
Other new releases include Seattle roots-rock band Cody Beebe the Crooks’
Out Here, Canadian folk songwriter David Francey’s So Say We All, TNA Impact wrestler Mickie James’ Somebody’s
Gonna Pay, Nashville songwriter Courtney Jaye’s Love and Forgiveness, West Coast country singer Grant Langston’s
Working Until I Die and Canadian folk singer Ruth Moody’s These Wilder Things.
New compilations include
The Music of Nashville (Season 1, Volume 2) and Now That’s What I Call a Country Party.