Lady Antebellum and the Pistol Annies are just two of the country acts releasing new music on Tuesday (May 7). Up-and-coming singer Craig Campbell, bluegrass duo Dailey & Vincent, Americana-influenced songwriter Patty Griffin and the Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines are offering new projects, as well.
Lady Antebellum's Golden features their upbeat No. 1 single, "Downtown." Band member Charles Kelley says the album title reflects the band's professional perspective. "We definitely want to value this time in our careers because it's such a treasure that we can still sit in a room and write songs together. I personally feel so humbled to be still making records that people are excited to hear."
Annie Up, the Pistol Annies' second album, follows their 2011 debut, Hell on Heels. The trio's Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley wrote every song on the album. "The goal of our music is to have people feel like they're having a conversation with us," Lambert says.
Meanwhile, Campbell's Never Regret includes his Top 40 single, "Outta My Head." Dailey & Vincent deliver Brothers of the Highway with their traditional single, "Steel Drivin' Man." Griffin's American Kid was written to honor her late father, which is especially evident on songs like "Go Wherever You Want to Go." Maines' first solo album, Mother, draws on her rock influences, with Ben Harper serving as producer.
Other new releases include Seattle roots-rock band Cody Beebe & the Crooks' Out Here, Canadian folk songwriter David Francey's So Say We All, TNA Impact wrestler Mickie James' Somebody's Gonna Pay, Nashville songwriter Courtney Jaye's Love and Forgiveness, West Coast country singer Grant Langston's Working Until I Die and Canadian folk singer Ruth Moody's These Wilder Things.
New compilations include The Music of Nashville (Season 1, Volume 2) and Now That's What I Call a Country Party.