Country music fans have a wide variety of new music to look forward to in April! Here’s what we have on our radar! Use the links below to pre-order physical or digital releases for each title. Your purchases through our links help to keep BORN Country up and running!
From country radio mega stars like Martina McBride to outsiders like Hayes Carll and Sturgill Simpson, April is packed to the brim with new releases. 90’s country fans will be excited for the new Martina and Lonestar records while those who favor more tradition sounds will be looking forward to Michael Martin Murphey and Del McCoury’s latest outings. There is certainly something for everyone this month!
Hayes Carll – Lovers And Leavers (Thirty Tigers)
Though not receiving much mainstream attention outside of Texas, Hayes Carll’s roots country music has had a faithful following since his debut album release in 2002. I haven’t heard anything from this new coming album yet, but it’s guaranteed to fit in with those not interested in today’s pop-centric country music.
Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide To Earth (Atlantic)
If the lead off single from A Sailor’s Guide To Earth, a cover of Nirvana’s “In Bloom”, is any indicator, we are just as unlikely to hear anything from Sturgill on country radio any time soon, but you can bet that this is going to be on incredible record. Simpson’s first record for Atlantic after two independents will hopefully pave way for some recognition come award season next year.
Marie Osmond – Music Is Medicine (OliveMe)
Marie Osmond returns to the country music scene after a long absence with Music Is Medicine. Her first album of any kind since 2010, “Medicine” features appearances by Diamond Rio‘s Marty Roe, John Rich of Big & Rich, Olivia Newton-John and… Sisqo?
Del McCoury Band – Del And Woody (McCoy)
Del McCoury and his bluegrass band are scheduled to release their 15th studio album, Del And Woody on April 15th. This album features 12 tracks covering songs written by the legendary Woody Guthrie.
Don Williams – In Ireland: The Gentle Giant In Concert (Don Williams)
After canceling the remainder of his current tour due to a hip replacement surgery, Don Williams has official announced his retirement from the road. Luckily for us, there are albums out there like this live recording from Ireland that allows fans to relive a live show from one of country music’s best.
Josh Kelley – New Lane Road (Sugar Hill)
After finding success in the pop/rock genre, Josh Kelley entered the world of country music in 2010 with the Top20 hit, “Georgia Clay.” Despite a roughly five year absence from the scene, Kelley’s second country album hits shelves and digital on April 22. Josh Kelley is currently on tour with brother Charles Kelley, of Lady Antebellum in support of The Driver.
Sundy Best – It’s So Good LIVE (Entertainment One)
Mark my words, if you have yet to hear of Sundy Best, in the next year or so, they will be all over your radio. This collection of live tracks recorded in fall of 2015 provides 24 tracks that will prove just that. These guys are GOOD.
Michael Martin Murphey – High Stakes: Cowboy Songs VII (Murphey Kinship)
Didn’t I tell you we had all sorts of varieties in country music to look forward to in April? From today’s pop influenced country music to the bluegrass of Del McCoury, we can’t forget the cowboy music! Western legend Michael Martin Murphey will release his 34th (Wow!) studio album on the 22nd. Looking for some spring camp fire music? Look no more!
Martina McBride – Reckless (Nash Icon)
McBride released an album of soul/R&B covers in 2014 titled Everlasting, but Reckless will be a return to the Martina that we have all loved since the early 1990’s. If the lead-off single, by the same name is just an example of what we will be getting with this ten song album, we are in for one heck of a treat!
Lonestar – Never Enders (Shanachie)
Lonestar’s first single since the return of Richie McDonald as lead singer in 2012 struggled to gain much ground on the charts, but the boys are hopeful for a much stronger outing with their latest project, Never Enders.
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