Jason Aldean's Night Train to Georgia DVD leads the convoy of new music released Tuesday (Oct. 15). Pulling in behind him are the Avett Brothers, Will Hoge and Scotty McCreery.
Aldean's concert film captures the superstar throwing a massive bash at the University of Georgia's Sanford Stadium, the first-ever concert to be held at the football field. More than 66,000 fans showed up to welcome their hometown hero.
"That day in Athens will always be one of my proudest accomplishments," the Georgia native said. "I've been working my whole career to get to this point where I can go into a stadium like Sanford, which I've idolized my whole life, and leave a mark."
The 90-minute DVD covers Aldean's 18-song performance at the stadium, plus interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and appearances onstage by Kelly Clarkson, Luke Bryan and rapper Ludacris. A 30-minute special about his performance in his home state of Georgia will air Saturday (Oct. 19) at 2 p.m. ET/PT on CMT.
Folk-pop trailblazers the Avett Brothers' eighth album, Magpie and the Dandelion, promises to be a ballad-driven introspection recorded during the same Rick Rubin-produced sessions that led to last year's The Carpenter.
"If you think about a magpie, it's a bird from the crow family," said the band in a letter to fans. "You can see them everywhere, and they've got this strange grace. And we all know what a dandelion is. It reminds you of being a kid and watching a flower come apart on a summer day. There's a youthful wonder in that. Those kinds of feelings live and breathe inside this album."
Hoge, a longtime underdog in the songwriting and roots rock worlds, celebrates perseverance on Never Give In, his ninth studio album.
After toiling in obscurity for years and enduring a life-threatening traffic accident, Hoge tasted success in 2012 after the Eli Young Band took his song "Even if It Breaks Your Heart" to platinum status. "Strong," his current single, is featured in a prominent Chevy Silverado ad campaign.
"In both my career and personal life, I've had a million chances to walk away or quit," the native Nashvillian said. "But with this project, there is a sense of pride and ownership that we -- the band, our families and our fans -- have taken, and that mentality is about never giving in."
McCreery turned 20 recently, and for his second studio album, See You Tonight, the former American Idol is feeling all grown up.
"I'm definitely more mature on this album," he said. "My music is always going to grow with me. I'm not ever going to sing about me getting drunk in a bar, because that's not me, but the subject matter and sounds of the songs are more mature."
McCreery co-wrote five songs on the new project, including the title track, and Grammy-magnet Alison Krauss provides vocals on "Carolina Moon."
Joining the Avetts with new string band music are the Harmed Brothers' Better Days, the Howlin' Brothers' Sun Studio Sessions and Jonathan Warren & the Billy Goats' On This Very Evening.
Independent country albums include 22-year-old Logan Brill's Walking Wires and UK duo My Darling Clementine's The Reconciliation?, while Shonna Tucker & Eye Candy offer their version of Muscle Shoals swamp rock on A Tell All.
Bluegrass titles include Donna Ulisse's Showin' My Roots and the Yonder Mountain String Band's four-song EP YMSB EP '13.
Lastly, A Very Special Christmas: Icon features Sheryl Crow, Elvis Presley and Carrie Underwood among other pop and rock stars singing classics for the benefit of the Special Olympics.