Alan Jackson, Willie Nelson Albums Coming Soon

Flow of First-Quarter Product Thin but Strong

Alan Jackson, Willie Nelson, Chris Cagle, SHeDAISY and Blue Highway are among the artists set to have new albums out during the first quarter of this year. Planned but not yet scheduled are offerings from Brad Paisley and Terri Clark.

As usual, there is only a trickle of new product during the months immediately following the high-volume Christmas-buying season. But the flow normally increases through the summer and fall. (In 2007, 20 percent of the albums purchased were sold during the final six weeks of the year, according to Nielsen SoundScan.)

Already out from RCA is Chuck Wicks’ debut album, Starting Now, featuring the single “Stealing Cinderella.” Sugar Hill Records has released Andy Hall’s Sound of a Slide Guitar (available only digitally) and the Gibson Brothers’ Iron & Diamonds. Rounder Records has rolled out Rhonda Vincent’s Good Thing Going, the SteelDriver’s self-titled collection and IIIrd Tyme Out’s Footprints: A IIIrd Tyme Out Collection.

Coming soon are Nelson’s Moment of Forever (Jan. 29 on Lost Highway Records), the much-anticipated project co-produced by Kenny Chesney and Buddy Cannon, and the duo Dailey & Vincent’s self-titled CD (Jan. 29, Rounder).

Also slotted for release are The Best of SHeDAISY (Feb. 5, Lyric Street), various artists’ How Great Thou Art: Gospel Favorites Live From the Grand Ole Opry (Feb. 5, RCA), Blake Shelton’s Pure BS Live With “Home” (an added-on track to the original album, Feb. 5, Warner Bros.), Blue Highway’s Through the Window of a Train (Feb. 12, Rounder) and Cagle’s My Life Is a Country Song (Feb. 19, Capitol).

March offerings include Jackson’s Good Time (March 4, Arista), a 17-cut anthology he wrote single-handedly, and Josh Gracin’s yet-to-be titled, yet-to-be calendared project.

Looking into the second quarter and beyond, Capitol plans to debut a Lady Antebellum album April 1, Warner Bros. a James Otto package April 8 and Universal South Phil Vassar’s Prayer of a Common Man April 22. Show Dog is also mulling an April release for Carter’s Chord’s first album.

Slotted for sometime in 2008 are Paisley’s still-untitled instrumental album (Arista), Clark’s My Next Life (originally slated for last year, BNA), Keith Anderson’s C’mon! (Columbia) and Jypsi’s yet-to-be titled collection (Arista).

Edward Morris is a veteran of country music journalism. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a frequent contributor to