While the mainstream country albums are finally starting to arrive in stores, I spent most of the late summer listening to a fresh stack of independent albums. So if you're an adventurous music fan that follows Americana, country and singer-songwriters, here are 20 new tunes that I enjoyed hearing. You might like discovering them, too.
"Thinking About You," John Mellencamp
"The Horse Nobody Could Ride," Joey & Rory
"Pure Blue Heartache," George Ducas
"Wreck Your Wheels," Kim Richey
"Big Sun Falling in the River," Richard Thompson
"Misty Valleys," JP, Chrissie & the Fairground Boys
"I Was Made for Sunny Days," The Weepies
"Rollin' On," Jason Sturgeon
"Teardrop Express," The Wrights
"Hide," Stacy Clark
"Good Old Boys Never Change," Watermelon Slim
"Equine," Brenn Hill
"Little Fox," Justin Jones
"More Than I Let On," James Hyland & the Joint Chiefs
"Hands Full of Flowers," Trevor Alguire
"Running Away," Rob Baird
"Don't Go to Chattanooga," Bobby Bare Jr.
"Peace of Mind," The John Henrys
"The Real Thing," Sahara Smith
"My Wild Heart," Mason Douglas
And in case you missed it, here are 10 indie albums you might like, too.