Last year was a big one for country music fans, and this year is going to be even bigger. And what does a new album release typically lead to? Your favorite country musicians, on tour. Here are the 11 Most Anticipated Country Albums of 2019, most of which are headed your way, this Summer.
Luke Combs, The Prequel EP
Album Release Date: June 7, 2019
The latest single from Luke Combs, “Beer Never Broke My Heart”, is going to be purposed into a five-song EP titled The Prequel—which leads us to believe this may not be Luke COmbs’ last release of 2019. This will be the North Carolina native’s first project since last Summer’s This One’s for You Too. Luke Combs co-wrote every song on the forthcoming The Prequel, collaborating with songwriters Ray Fulcher and James McNair. Though none of these songs besides “Beer Never Broke My Heart” have been released, some may feel familiar to fans, as he’s dipped into The Prequel for a few live performances.
Tracklist: “Beer Never Broke My Heart”, “Even Though I’m Leaving”, “Lovin’ On You”, “Refrigerator Door”, “Moon Over Mexico”
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Turn Off the News (Build a Garden)
Album Release Date: June 14, 2019
Are you more of a rock and roll leaning country music fan? Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real are coming at you this Summer with a new LP. Turn Off The News (Build a Garden) was recorded in two famous studios across the country (Shangri-La and Village Studios), the lead single being the raucous “Bad Case”. Guests who contributed to the record include Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Sheryl Crow, Margo Price, Micah Nelson, Kesha, Shooter Jennings, Randy Houser, Lucius, Madison Ryann Ward and Hunter Elizabeth. “We wanted these songs to be fun and upbeat, but we also wanted to have something to say,” Lukas Nelson said in a statement.
Willie Nelson, Ride Me Back Home
Album Release Date: June 21, 2019
Just three days shy of his 86th birthday, Willie Nelson announced his new album, Ride Me Back Home. Full of darkly humorous originals and witty, wonderfully realized covers, Ride Me Back Home marks Nelson as one of America’s most prolific living musicians. The album is Nelson’s 13th, with producer and co-writer Buddy Cannon. Music journalist Mikal Gilmore calls Ride Me Back Home a continuation of a trilogy that began in 2017 with God’s Problem Child and was followed in 2018 with Last Man Standing.
Runaway June, Blue Roses
Album Release Date: June 28, 2019
Right now, country trio Runaway June are on the ride of their lives as they continue to support Carrie Underwood on the “Cry Pretty” Tour. During this stint with one of country music’s greatest stars, Runaway June will release their second project Blue Roses. The 10-song album will follow their 2018, self-titled debut, an EP that swiftly put them on the map. Blue Roses will contain their current single, “Buy My Own Drinks”. Fans can expect a huge growth spurt between the members of Runaway June after this female-forward tour, one which is destined to be incredibly successful.
“It was never promoted as an all-female tour. It was never this kind of novelty thing. Because it shouldn’t be a novelty,” bandmate Hannah Mulholland noted. “Hopefully that is going to start to pave the way so that other people feel comfortable doing it. Hopefully that just continues to spread, where we get to be on the tours that make the most sense, with the people that we want to be on tour with.”
Runaway June Tickets (“Cry Pretty 360” Tour with Carrie Underwood and Maddie and Tae)
Sheryl Crow, Threads
Album Release Date: August 30, 2019
Following 2017’s Be Myself, Sheryl Crow is slated to release an album of collaborations this Summer. The album, titled Threads, features many exciting arrangements: a recording of “Redemption Day” featuring vocals from Johnny Cash. A recording of “Live Wire” with vocalists Mavis Staples and Bonnie Raitt. And much, much more. Threads will total to 17 songs and feature a range of artists, from rock and roll legends Keith Richards and Stevie Nicks, to modern country trailblazers such as Chris Stapleton, Maren Morris and Jason Isbell.
Jon Pardi, Heartache Meditation
Album Release Date: September 27, 2019
Who knew that honky tonk could be so groovy? Well, Jon Pardi is here to address any confusion with his lead single “Heartache Medication”, fresh off an album of the same title. With a joyous, fiddle intro, followed by a thumping backbeat which takes the most loyal listener straight into the dive bars of their past, “Heartache Medication” certainly bodes well for Pardi’s upcoming album release. Will this California country singer prove that his material can hang with his southern counterparts? We think so. See for yourself this Summer, when Pardi tours with Dierks Bentley and Tenille Townes.
Tyler Childers, Country Squire
Album Release Date: August 2, 2019
Kentucky native Tyler Childers’ rise since the release of 2017’s Purgatory has been meteoric. From logging millions of Spotify streams, to consistently selling-out tour dates across the country, to winning last year’s Emerging Artist of the Year Award at the Americana Music Association Honors & Awards, Tyler Childers has more than the momentum he needs for a new album release. Country Squire, due out in August, will feature a number of songs Childers has perfected on the road. And fans should get ready for even more live country music perfection, as Country Squire is slated to be supported with a headlining tour.
1. “Country Squire”
2. “Bus Route”
5. “House Fire”
6. “Everloving Hand”
7. “Peace of Mind”
8. “All Yourn”
Likely inspired by her latest adventure of becoming a mother, Miranda Lambert will be releasing a number of her songs in the form of lullabies this Summer. Lullaby Renditions of Miranda Lambert will feature some of her biggest hits, such as “Gundpowder & Lead,” “Kerosene,” “Little Red Wagon,” and more.
At this point, it’s difficult to argue that Jason Aldean isn’t one of the more prolific country musicians of his time. Just last year, Aldean came out with Rearview Town, which quickly became Aldean’s fourth consecutive number one album in the United States. And now, according to the man himself, a new, full-length LP is on the way.
“The album’s great,” Aldean noted to The Boot and other outlets during a recent party for his newest No. 1 single, “Girl Like You,” He added that the vocals are laid down, and it’s just about ready to go: “It should be done completely probably within the next month.”
Kip Moore has been all but silent since the 2017 release of his most recent full-length, Slowheart. This past November, Moore took the opportunity to release new music, followed by his collection of brand-new acoustic tracks Room to Spare. Will Moore experience the same level of success he did with his past three full-lengths, all of which reached the Top 5 on the Billboard country albums chart? We think so. But the facts are on the ground, and as he said on Twitter: “That’s a wrap. Record #4 is done.”
The first taste of his forthcoming seventh album has arrived. “Knockin Boots”—helmed by Luke’s longtime producers Jeff Stevens and Jody Stevens and co-written by Hillary Lindsey, Gordie Sampson and Jon Nite—finds Bryan in traditional, rowdy form. Though there aren’t any further details on the upcoming Luke Bryan album release, we are confident the LP details will arrive soon, and possibly on this Summer’s touring circuit.