Music Tracking 2021

These are 2021 releases that I've taken note of, listed alphabetically by artist, with VA comps at the bottom. My grades, where available, are in brackets at the end of the line (stars in B+ range). Lines in blue indicate that I have a physical copy (albeit sometimes just a promo CDR); in green are records that I graded based on a Rhapsody stream or other such source. Most records have release dates and a brief generic note.

Unheard records are prioritized 0-3 (graded records are 4-5). The priotization is based subjectively on personal interests, reviews I've noticed, reviewers I particularly respect, what I know about the artists, etc. Roughly speaking: 0 is something I have no reason to consider (default page omits 0); 1 has been noted as having some cred somewhere; 2 is something I have some specific reason to search out; 3 is something I'll listen to ASAP.

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New Releases

  • Lauren Alaina: Sitting Pretty on Top of the World (Mercury Nashville) [09-03] - country [B-]
  • Gary Allan: Ruthless (EMI Nashville) [06-25] - country [*]
  • American Aquarium: Slappers, Bangers, and Certified Twangers () - country
  • Asleep at the Wheel: Half a Hundred Years (Home) [10-01] - country [A-]
  • The Barlow: Horseshoe Lounge () - country
  • Blackberry Smoke: You Hear Georgia (3 Legged) [05-28] - country
  • Brandi Carlile: In These Silent Days (Low Country Sound/Elektra) [10-01] - Americana [B]
  • Hayes Carll: You Get It All (Dualtone) [10-30] - country [A-]
  • Melissa Carper: Daddy's Country Gold () - country
  • Cole Chaney: Mercy () - country
  • Eric Church: Heart (EMI Nashville) [04-16] - country [**]
  • Eric Church: & (EMI Nashville -EP) [04-20] - country
  • Eric Church: Soul (EMI Nashville) [04-23] - country [*]
  • Margo Cilker: Pohorylle (Loose) [11-05] - country
  • Charley Crockett: 10 for Slim: Charley Crockett Sings James Hand (Son of Davy) [02-26] - country [**]
  • Charley Crockett: Music City USA (Son of Davy) [09-17] - country [***]
  • Rodney Crowell: Triage (RC1) [07-23] - country [***]
  • Silas J Dirge: The Poor Devil () - country
  • The Divorcees: Drop of Blood () - country
  • Hope Dunbar: Sweetheartland () - country
  • Steve Earle & the Dukes: JT (New West) [01-04] - country [A-]
  • Erin Enderlin: Barroom Mirrors EP (Black Crow Productions -EP) [10-14] - country [**]
  • Conrad Fisher: Homemade () - country
  • The Flatlanders: Treasure of Love (Rack 'Em) [07-09] - country [***]
  • Mickey Guyton: Remember Her Name (Capitol Nashville) [09-24] - country [***]
  • Walker Hayes: Country Stuff (Monument -EP) [06-04] - country [**]
  • Natalie Hemby: Pins and Needles (Fantasy) [10-08] - country [*]
  • Jack Ingram/Miranda Lambert/Jon Randall: The Marfa Tapes (RCA Nashville) [05-07] - country [***]
  • Alan Jackson: Where Have You Gone (EMI Nashville) [05-14] - country [***]
  • Wanda Jackson: Encore (Big Machine -EP) [08-30] - rockabilly [*]
  • Sarah Jarosz: Blue Heron Suite (Rounder) [05-07] - country
  • Katie Jo: Pawn Shop Queen () - country
  • Jim Lauderdale: Hope (Yep Roc) [07-30] - country
  • Mac Leaphart: Music City Joke () - country
  • Rob Leines: Blood, Sweat, and Beers () - country
  • Vivian Leva and Riley Calcagno: Vivian Leva and Riley Calcagno () - country
  • Lucero: When You Found Me () - country
  • Loretta Lynn: Still Woman Enough (Legacy) [03-19] - country [A-]
  • Bill MacKay & Nathan Bowles: Keys (Drag City) [04-09] - bluegrass
  • Triston Marez: Triston Marez () - country
  • Charlie Marie: Ramble On (self-released) [05-07] - country [**]
  • Jimbo Mathus & Andrew Bird: These 13 (Wegawam Music/Southern Broadcast) [03-05] - country
  • James McMurtry: The Horses and the Hounds (New West) [08-20] - Americana [A-]
  • Shannon McNally: The Waylon Sessions (Compass) [05-28] - country
  • John R Miller: Depreciated (Rounder) [07-16] - alt-country [A-]
  • Parker Millsap: Be Here Instead () [04-09] - country
  • Ashley Monroe: Rosegold (Mountainrose Sparrow) [04-30] - country [B]
  • Kacey Musgraves: Star-Crossed (MCA Nashville) [09-10] - country [**]
  • Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real: A Few Stars Apart (Fantasy) [06-11] - country rock
  • Willie Nelson: That's Life (Legacy) [02-26] - country [B]
  • ERR: stream no grade: Willie Nelson: The Willie Nelson Family
  • Willie Nelson: The Willie Nelson Family (Legacy) [11-19] - country
  • Jennifer Nettles: Always Like New () [06-25] - country
  • Caroline Parke: Pause and Pine (self-released) [07-22] - country [*]
  • Carly Pearce: 29 (Big Machine -EP) [02-19] - country [***]
  • Carly Pearce: 29: Written in Stone (Big Machine) [09-17] - country [A-]
  • RaeLynn: Baytown (Round Here) [09-24] - country [***]
  • Jason Ringenberg: Rhinestoned (Courageous Chicken) [03-05] - country [**]
  • The Shootouts: Bullseye () - country
  • Kalie Shorr: I Got Here by Accident (Tmwrk -EP) [08-13] - country [A-]
  • Nick Shoulders: Home on the Rage () - country
  • Sturgill Simpson: The Ballad of Dood & Juanita (High Top Mountain -EP) [08-20] - country [**]
  • Canaan Smith: High Country Sound () - country
  • Amy Speace With the Orphan Brigade: There Used to Be Horses Here (Proper/Wind Bone) [04-30] - singer-sogwriter
  • The Steel Woods: All of Your Stones () - country
  • ERR: grade bad priority: Trees Speak: PostHuman
  • Uncle Ben's Remedy: Easy Ways to Here () - country
  • Morgan Wade: Reckless (Ladylike) [03-19] - country
  • Morgen Wallen: Dangerous: The Double Album (Big Loud/Republic) [01-08] - country
  • Tony Joe White: Smoke From the Chimney (Easy Eye Sound) [05-07] - country rock
  • Hailey Whitters: Living the Dream () - country
  • Lainey Wilson: Sayin' What I'm Thinkin' (Broken Bow) [02-19] - country [***]

Reissues, Etc.

  • Emmylou Harris and the Hot Band: Hot Night in Roslyn: 1976 Radio Broadcast Recording (Hobo) [03-11] - country [***]
  • Billy Joe Shaver & Kinky Friedman: Live Down Under (2002, Omnivore) [08-15] - country [**]
  • Now That's What I Call Music: Outlaw Country (NOW) [01-29] - country [***]

Priority Counts

  • Priority 1: 32
  • Priority 2: 3
  • Priority 3: 0
  • Priority 4: 38
  • Priority 5: 0

Total: 73