AllMusic 2015 Year In Review

Favorite Country Albums -

 Our favorite country albums of the year came in the form of Chris Stapleton's breakout, Traveller, Dwight Yoakam's excellent Second Hand Heart, and Juno-winner Corb Lund's Things That Can't Be Undone. Genre stalwarts like Alan Jackson and George Strait continued to carry the torch, as did Carrie Underwood and Kacey Musgraves.
Angels and Alcohol

Alan Jackson

Angels and Alcohol

A satisfyingly familiar collection of straight-ahead country from the old pro.

Down to Believing

Allison Moorer

Down to Believing

The songwriter reunites with producer Kenny Greenberg to deliver the most confessional, searing, and artful record of her career.

The Blade

Ashley Monroe

The Blade

On her sterling second album, Ashley Monroe broadens her view and sharpens her skills, resulting in an exquisite, alluring listen.

Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

Asleep at the Wheel

Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

An infectious, soulful party saluting the deep catalog of Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys.

Summer Forever

Billy Currington

Summer Forever

A bright but chilled-out summertime party record from the laid-back country singer.

Illinois

Brett Eldredge

Illinois

Contemporary country singer reinforces his sturdy mainstream classicism with flairs of disco, rock, and R&B.

Untamed

Cam

Untamed

A fresh, vibrant, and smart country-pop debut from Cam, who has penned songs for Maggie Rose and Miley Cyrus.

Storyteller

Carrie Underwood

Storyteller

A little tougher and more down-home than its predecessor, Storyteller is nevertheless big and bold, demanding attention.

Buy Me a Boat

Chris Janson

Buy Me a Boat

Nicely diverse and eager-to-please debut from this country songwriter turned performer.

Traveller

Chris Stapleton

Traveller

Casually virtuosic debut from the neo-outlaw songwriter who penned hits for Kenny Chesney and Darius Rucker.

Things That Can't Be Undone

Corb Lund

Things That Can't Be Undone

The Alberta songwriter and producer Dave Cobb team to deliver aa new chapter in the country music tradition

Truckin' Sessions, Vol. 3

Dale Watson

Truckin' Sessions, Vol. 3

Texas honky tonk man finds the third time's the charm as he hits the highway with more songs about Big Rigs and their drivers.

Cass County

Don Henley

Cass County

The Eagles founder returns to his country-rock roots on this star-studded record named after his Texas home.

Second Hand Heart

Dwight Yoakam

Second Hand Heart

Dwight's new millennial revival continues with the crisp, crackling Second Hand Heart.

Sundown Over Ghost Town

Eilen Jewell

Sundown Over Ghost Town

The queen of the minor key returns to her home state of Idaho and turns in one of the strongest albums of her career.

Mr. Misunderstood

Eric Church

Mr. Misunderstood

Shorn of excess, this surprise album from Eric Church is a muscular, moving record.

Cold Beer Conversation

George Strait

Cold Beer Conversation

It may have been released suddenly, but Cold Beer Conversation offers no surprises: it's another satisfying collection of straight-ahead country from the old cowboy.

Goldmine

John Anderson

Goldmine

Warm, reflective -- and sometimes funny -- comeback from the straight-ahead country singer.

Front Row Seat

Josh Abbott Band

Front Row Seat

Josh Abbott Band deliver an ambitious, exploratory concept album tracing the birth and death of a marriage.

Pageant Material

Kacey Musgraves

Pageant Material

Acclaimed country singer/songwriter digs deeper on her gorgeous second album.

The First Time

Kelsea Ballerini

The First Time

A big, bright debut from the country-pop singer that's pretty savvy underneath its innocence.

Kill the Lights

Luke Bryan

Kill the Lights

Luke Bryan accepts maturity without getting dull on his fifth solo album.

Start Here

Maddie & Tae

Start Here

Smart and sentimental, bright and lively, the debut from Maddie & Tae is a fresh, dynamic debut that captures the sound of modern country in 2015.

Django and Jimmie

Merle Haggard / Willie Nelson

Django and Jimmie

Warm, cozy duet album that finds the old friends slyly alternating between good times and sweet melancholy.

Meat and Candy

Old Dominion

Meat and Candy

Sterling collection of sharply written, mainstream country-pop with mild R&B influences that isn't afraid to be either romantic or corny.

Mono

The Mavericks

Mono

The band sidesteps country and revels in Latin music, ska, rock & roll, romantic moods, and much more to impressive effect.

Tangled Up

Thomas Rhett

Tangled Up

A thoroughly modern country record that embraces big pop hooks, beach swagger, and neo-disco.

35 MPH Town

Toby Keith

35 MPH Town

Despite a couple of ballads and beach songs, 35 MPH Town is another reliable record from Keith's wheelhouse.

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Turnpike Troubadours

The Turnpike Troubadours

The red dirt country combo sounds brawny, big, and soulful on its eponymous fourth album.

Hold My Beer, Vol. 1

Wade Bowen / Randy Rogers

Hold My Beer, Vol. 1

Terrific hardcore honky tonk record from these kindred spirits in Texas country.