2017 promises new releases from many Country Universe favorites, along with other new and veteran artists.
Here’s a look at what’s already slated for release in the first quarter, followed by a list of projects that are being prepped for release later in the year.
Written in Song
Jessi Colter, Marty Stuart, and Connie Smith are among the guests on the Grand Ole Opry legend’s first studio album in six years.
The Road Less Traveled
The American Idol veteran returns with a new studio album produced by busbee (Maren Morris, Keith Urban.)
The artist’s fourth studio album will coincide with a tour of the same name.
Stitch of the World
In a nice change of pace, a set of bonus tracks are available with purchase of the physical album, instead of the digital version.
Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau
Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau
Our generation’s Willie Nelson collaborates with Brad Mehldau on a double-length set of cover songs and original material.
Like the Rimes album below, this set is being released in the U.K. first, and will be available for import. Expect an official U.S. release in May.
Sing it Now: Songs of Faith & Hope
Trisha Yearwood and Kelly Clarkson are among the guests on this double album of gospel classics and original material. Side note: it’s also her first album in thirty years to include her last name on the cover.
Following its U.K. debut last year, this excellent album finally gets its stateside release, wreaking havoc with the internal logic of our year-end lists.
The new singer-songwriter releases his debut album, featuring “Sleep Without You.”
Fans of his alt-country should look elsewhere. This is an album inspired by eighties rock.
Her first solo album in seventeen years features covers of well-known standards and more obscure material, including the Willie Nelson composition, “I Never Cared For You.”
The hotly anticipated follow-up to her solo debut, Tomorrow is My Turn. The songs are based on slave narratives from the 1800s and will draw parallels with the Civil Rights struggles of the present day.
Little Big Town
The genre’s most dominant vocal group returns with a set led by the Taylor Swift-penned hit, “Better Man.”
Watson’s newest release is led by the single, “Outta Style.”
Love and War
“Today” is the current single from Paisley’s twelfth album of new material, which also includes “Without a Fight,” his duet with Demi Lovato.
Her first album in eleven years features twelve original songs based on Psalms from the Old Testament.
His new studio album is led by first single, “It Ain’t Over Yet,” which features Rosanne Cash and John Paul White.
Brand New Day
The band continues its renaissance with its first release on its own label, Mono Mundo Recordings.
Slated for 2017
Her first solo studio album in ten years is inspired by the seventies country rock that she grew up with. Tillis is also working with Lorrie Morgan on a follow-up to their previous collaboration, Dos Divas.
Once again, Twain is promising new music for the new year. It has been fifteen years since her last studio album, the 11x platinum Up!
We’ve gotten a decent amount of new material from her lately, thanks to the new tracks on her 2014 hits package, her contributions to The Passion soundtrack, and her collaborations with Garth Brooks in 2016. Yearwood is promising her first new studio album since 2007’s Heaven, Heartache, and the Power of Love in mid-2017.
What 2017 releases are you most looking forward to? Share your thoughts in the comments!