Country

Whiskey Myers (CD)

With an album name like Whiskey Myers, expect to be submerged in some seriously sozzled Southern rock. Frontman Cody Cannon basks in blue collar honesty, fusing southern rock and outlaw country on these Dave Cobb-produced ballads and stompers. The band behind the album of the same name is cut from — no shocker here — the same cloth as the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd. The lyrics are brash, bold, and thoroughly unapologetic, the melodies rowdy-as-hell. The men of Whiskey Myers are the boys your mama warned you about.

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While I'm Livin' (CD)

While I'm Livin', Tanya Tucker's first new studio album since 2009's My Turn, was produced and cowritten by Brandi Carlile and Shooter Jennings – a team well-suited to the material. The album is more poignant than what the outlaw country artist is usually known for, featuring several ballads. “Bring My Flowers Now,” for example, is a sweet piano ballad about celebrating life now (“while I'm living”) instead of after someone passes. But the sprightly “I Don't Owe You Anything” reveals that Tucker can still bring the sass, kicking off with her mutter, “Oh, I got somethin' to say.” Other tracks like “Hard Luck” highlight the strength still present in her voice, contrasted nicely with the gospel-style backing vocals.

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The Owl (CD)

Zac Brown and co. have crafted a heartfelt album of country-rock anthems that, with the help of collaborators like Skrillex and Benny Blanco, break beyond the traditional ideas of the genre. Take "Need This" for example, with its heartland attitude, hip hop groove, and pop flourishes, the group creates a song that can't truly be categorized under any of those labels. Perhaps the most raw and personal of tracks is "Leaving Love Behind," a melancholy, yet rising, look at life after divorce.

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Honky Tonk Time Machine (CD)

At 30 albums into his career, George Strait isn't about to change up his game to fit to current standards. As the title suggests, this latest collection of songs is more of what fans would expect from the Texan troubadour, this time with a long overdue collaboration with the other famous Texan, Willie Nelson, serving as its coda. Strap yourself into this machine, grab a couple of beers, and get ready for more of that "contemporary-traditional" sound that still fills stadiums.

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Live Deluxe...Plus (CD)

Find yourself pining for the good ol' days of the honky tonk rather than modern day country? Look no further than old soul savior Dale Watson, who has been entertaining audiences with his tales of boozin' and losin' for well over two decades. Live Deluxe...Plus compiles two long out of print import-only live albums from the early-mid 2000s, adding a couple of rarities in the process (hence the ...Plus).

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The Complete Capitol Singles: 1971-1975 (CD)

This third and final collection of Buck’s Capitol singles includes the A- and B-sides of every release from 1971 to the end of his original Capitol era in 1975. These are the songs that made Buck Owens a legend and defined the Bakersfield Sound.

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Desperate Man (CD)

One of country music's new crop of favorite outlaws is back with another batch of southern rock and blues tinged foot stompers. Having admitted to being stuck in a creative stalemate after dealing with near death and devastation in the time since his last album in 2015, Church comes back stronger than before with hook-filled songs that will appeal to both country and classic rock fans alike. Highlights include "Sympathy For The Devil"-inspired first single "Desperate Man" and the gospel inflected "Heart Like A Wheel."

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Golden Hour (CD)

For Kacey Musgraves' new record, Golden Hour, she subverts her charmingly rebellious and cynical persona by revealing softer vulnerability and experimenting with arrangements that include vocoders and even disco beats. Emotional ballads like the title track and “Space Cowboy” are more frequent here than clever retorts like “High Horse,” alternating between blissful and melancholy, distrust of true love, and worried introspection. The songwriting and her disarming vocals hold strong throughout.

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Other Girls (CD)

Lillie Mae stands out from the current indie country/pop crowd for both her excellent fiddle skills and her distinctive, jaded-but-sweet vocals. The Nashville singer/songwriter grew up playing fiddle in her family's string band and her years of experience, virtuosic ability, and storytelling prowess are on full display on her sophomore album, Other Girls. The arrangements are lush and unique with plenty of nice details. “You've Got Other Girls For That” builds on a melancholy melody and layers of expressive guitars, and “A Golden Year” has lovely bursts of la-la's in its plaintive verses that call to mind The Shins in an otherwise haunting folk song. “Terlingua Girl” is swooping and sweet with a quirky outro that brings in distorted guitar for an unexpectedly darker ending.

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