Some of the best country albums of the year pushed the genre's boundaries, including releases from Kane Brown, Ashley McBryde, and Lindi Ortega. But there was still plenty of room for more traditionally-minded and equally outstanding work from Frank Foster, Shooter Jennings, and Joshua Hedley.
The loose, comfortable vibe provides an ideal showcase for the versatility of Adam Hood's songs.
A brawny and sharp debut from an exceptional country singer/songwriter.
The Dallas-based country singer merges country, blues, folk, and soul in unexpected ways.
The longtime independent Texan makes his label debut with another earthy, honest, and appealing record.
Frank Foster emphasizes his humor, heart, and connection to heartland rock on this strong album.
The gifted songwriter and singer blends modern and retro sounds on this engaging, beautifully crafted album.
An emotionally candid, blissfully soft blend of classic country composition and modern pop.
The outstanding country vocalist delivers a short but sweet set of tunes about the ups and downs of romance.
A love letter to the Caribbean created as a tribute to the islands in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
The Canadian singer/songwriter shifts gears with a cinematic concept record inspired by life events, Ennio Morricone, and Quentin Tarantino.
A rich, soulful move to Americana from the traditionalist country singer.
Mike & The Moonpies synthesize a bunch of classic country sounds on this lively, invigorating record.
Pistol Annies return from a hiatus with a fully realized, resonant record that's their best to date.
Jerry Lee's sister teams up with a gifted alt-country songwriter for a rollicking set of rockabilly, country, and boogie-woogie.
The outlaw scion digs deep into his country influences on this well-crafted set produced by Dave Cobb.
After a lengthy hiatus, Sugarland return with a mature, confident country-pop record.
An eclectic, heartfelt tribute to Roger Miller that illustrates the depth of his songbook.
A terrific modern country tribute to the songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin.
Willie Nelson faces mortality and decides the time is ripe to have a good time.