New Releases: Martina McBride, Lauren Alaina and More

Johnny Cash, Joey & Rory, Taylor Swift Also Offer New Collections

Whether you’re interested in modern stars like Martina McBride, newcomers such as Lauren Alaina or country icons like Johnny Cash, this week’s new album releases offer something for everyone.

McBride’s eclectic Eleven is among the new projects released on Tuesday (Oct. 11). With a new producer, record label and management team, McBride is eagerly stretching her musical boundaries while still in command of her powerful vocals. The project, which happens to be her 11th studio album, includes her latest single, “I’m Gonna Love You Through It.”

Alaina, the American Idol runner-up, takes a bow with Wildflower, her first studio album. Earlier this year, the Rossville, Ga., native cracked country’s Top 40 with “Like My Mother Does,” and now she’s back on the airwaves with the spunky “Georgia Peaches.”

Many of Cash’s mesmerizing live performances are collected on Bootleg, Vol. 3 — Live Around the World. The wealth of material comes from concerts spanning 1956 to 1979, including one in a Swedish prison and another on a USO tour in Vietnam.

Hunter Hayes issued his “Storm Warning” to country radio earlier this summer, and now he’s making waves with his self-titled debut album. The Louisiana native played every instrument on the album, along with co-producing it with Dann Huff. Hayes also wrote or co-wrote all the songs. He previewed some of the material on tour with Taylor Swift earlier this year.

Speaking of Swift, her fans can step back in time with the DVD and Blu-ray release of Taylor Swift’s Journey to Fearless, initially available only at Best Buy. Produced by Hasbro Studios, the two and a-half-hour disc features 13 performances from her first headlining tour. Listen for “Love Story,” “You Belong With Me,” “Today Was a Fairytale” and “Our Song.”

If you’re already in the holiday spirit, it’s not too soon for Joey & Rory‘s A Farmhouse Christmas. The married duo give the gift of new material, including the clever “I Know What Santa’s Getting for Christmas,” co-written by Garth Brooks and Kent Blazy. Plus, Merle Haggard sings on the duo’s new version of his classic hit, “If We Make It Through December.”

And if you’re a fan of singer-songwriters, look for Ryan Adams‘ reflective Ashes and Fire, Mac McAnally‘s chatty Live in Muscle Shoals and Dale Watson & the Texas Two’s old-school The Sun Sessions.

Other notable new releases Big Kenny‘s The Quiet Times of a Rock and Roll Farm Boy: The Whole Experience Deluxe Edition, blues guitarist Paul Geremia’s Love My Stuff, Texas-based Adam Hood’s The Shape of Things, Old Crow Medicine Show member Gil Landry’s Piety & Desire and Ben Lee’s thoughtful Deeper in Dream.

And if your legs carry you all the way to the “Z” section of the record store, seek out ZZ Top — A Tribute From Friends. Country-related highlights include Jamey Johnson‘s take on “La Grange” and Grace Potter & the Nocturnals’ rendition of “Tush.”