A Country Guide to Record Store Day 2017

Brad Paisley, Angaleena Presley and Charlie Worsham Lead New Album Releases

Record Store Day turns 10 on Saturday (April 22), and there’s no shortage of country music to invest in this weekend.

Brad Paisley, Angaleena Presley and Charlie Worsham each have new albums coming out Friday (April 21), while a limited number of commemorative RSD releases from Eric Church, the Cadillac Three, Dolly Parton, David Bowie, Prince, Leon Russell and more will be available at select independent record stores worldwide beginning Saturday.

Paisley hopes fans view his new album, Love and War, as an honest reflection of today’s world. Former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty guests on the title track, an anthem for veterans and their unflagging dedication to serving America. The collection also offers collaborations with Bill Anderson, Mick Jagger, Timbaland and a live recording of the late Johnny Cash.

“I think an album should reflect the times we live in,” Paisley told CMT Hot 20 Countdown. “When you go back and listen to ‘Born in the U.S.A.’ by Bruce Springsteen, for some reason, that feels like that time period.

“Nobody represented the Vietnam era like Creedeence and Fogerty,” he added. “One of the things noticed while I was looking around [in the country] is the VA scandal and the way we’re treating our veterans.

“I don’t like to make political statements out of music. I have no business saying, ‘Here’s what I think.’ If I can write a song and make it rhyme and say something important within that context, then I maybe have a right to do it. But I really have a right to do it when I get a guy like John Fogerty and say, ‘Do you want to say this statement with me?'”

Presley’s new album Wrangled is already garnering critical acclaim. The 12-song collection kicks off with a reunion with her Pistol Annies bandmates Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe on “Dreams Don’t Come True,” a song that sheds light on getting warped by the expectations fed to youngsters in the music business.

Presley gets right to the point within the first minute, singing, “I thought there’d be a man in a suit/A 10-gallon hat/He’d give me a deal and a red Cadillac/I’d make hit records and get hooked on drugs/But I wound up pregnant and strung out on love.”

Wanda Jackson co-wrote the collection’s “Good Girl Down” and a recitation by Guy Clark opens “Cheer Up Little Darling,” a song he co-wrote with Presley in one of his final songwriting sessions before his passing in May 2016.

Worsham describes his sophomore album Beginning of Things as a culmination of the musical geography that shaped him as an artist. The 13-song album features his current single “Cut Your Groove.”

“It definitely recalls all the styles that make up the foundation of who I am in music,” Worsham tells CMT.com. “I grew up 100 miles south of Memphis, and ‘Call You Up,’ I call that Stax [Records] on acid because it’s got horns and strings, and it sort of feels like a Stax nostalgia. And then ‘The Beginning of Things’ feels like Muscle Shoals, and it’s not that far down the road. And some of it is not as much about geography as it is about my influences like Roger Miller and John Mayer. It’s more nostalgic than throwback. I think there’s a slight difference but an important one.”

Paisley will co-host an all-new CMT Hot 20 Countdown on Saturday and Sunday (April 22-23) at 9 a.m. ET/PT with an exclusive world premiere of Worsham’s new video for “Cut Your Groove,” as well as a preview of his 2017 co-headlining tour with Brandy Clark. On Record Store Day, Worsham and Brandy Clark will perform live at Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis, Maryland.

Below is a list of limited edition Record Store Day country and Americana titles arriving on Saturday. A full list of RSD releases and how many copies will be available can be found at the holiday’s official website.

Live at Abbey Road, the Cadillac Three (10” LP)
Children’s Album, Johnny Cash (LP)
Live From Los Angeles, Brandy Clark (LP)
Caught in the Act (Live), Eric Church (double LP)
Electric Lady Sessions, Drive-by Truckers (LP)
The Devil Don’t Sleep, Brantley Gilbert (LP)
Welcome to 1979, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (12-inch EP)
“Riot In the Streets”/”Better Man Than,” Pokey LaFarge (10-inch single)
High Noon — A 50-Year Retrospective, NRBQ (double LP)
“Terlingua”/”Off My Mynd,” Old 97’s (12-inch single)
“Puppy Love,” Dolly Parton (7-inch single)
Guitar Blues, Leon Russell (CD)
Like Nashville in Naija: Nigeria’s Romance With Country Music, Yesterday and Today, Various Artists (2 x LP)

Lauren Tingle is a Tennessean and storyteller who eats music for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When she’s not writing or rocking out, she enjoys yoga and getting lost in the great outdoors.