After Wiz Khalifa (Khalifa) and Future (EVOL) kicked off February 2016 with a bang, things settle down a bit this week. Even so, a longtime country veteran (Vince Gill) leads the charge this week with an anticipated new album. Gill’s not the only country artist in the mix, as Wynonna Judd, Joey + Rory, and Wheeler Walker, Jr. join the party as well. It’s not all country though – there are some American Idols in the mix this week as well.
1) Vince Gill, Down To My Last Bad Habit (MCA Nashville)
Following 2013 collaborative country album Bakersfield (with Paul Franklin), Vince Gill returns with his first solo album since 2011’s Guitar Slinger, Down To My Last Bad Habit. Down To My Last Bad Habit runs 12 tracks deep, featuring guests Little Big Town and newcomer, Cam. Four songs, including “Take Me Down” featuring Little Big Town, were available prior to the album’s release.
2) Wynonna The Big Noise, Wynonna the Big Noise (Curb)
Wynonna Judd returns with her first new studio album in seven years (Sing: Chapter 1, 2009). Wynonna The Big Noise drops its self-titled album, which runs 12 tracks deep. Four songs, including “Ain’t No Thing” and “You Make My Heart Beat Too Fast,” arrived prior to the album’s release.
3) Daughtry, It’s Not Over…The Hits So Far (19 Recordings/ RCA)
After four albums, with its self-titled debut being the most popular, Daughtry issues its first greatest hits compilation, It’s not Over…The Hits So Far. After the band’s 2013 album Baptized performed just so-so, this is a perfect time for the band to remind listeners why they had a run going after Chris Daughtry’s shocking exit from American Idol. The compilation runs 13 tracks deep and includes two new songs “Torches” and “Go Down.”
4) Lee DeWyze, Oil Water (Shanachie)
Former American Idol victor Lee DeWyze returns after a two and half year hiatus with Oil Water, his third album of note (fifth overall). Oil Water finds DeWyze on independent label Shanachie marking a departure from Vanguard Records. Oil Water runs 10 tracks deep with “Stone” arriving prior to the album’s release.
5) Joey + Rory, Hymns (Farmhouse Recordings)
Country/bluegrass husband and wife duo Joey + Rory release Hymns, which is just as the title states – hymns. Most interesting about this release is that it arrives as Joey near death from cancer. Hymns runs 13 tracks deep, with “It Is Well with My Soul” arriving ahead of the album.
6) Wheeler Walker, Jr., Redneck S**t (Pepper Hill)
The explicit song titles on Lexington, Kentucky country singer’s Wheeler Walker Jr.’s debut album Redneck S**t will definitely make you take a double take. Shock value definitely seems to be the M.O. on this 11-track album. Five songs issued prior to the album: “Beer, Weed, C***hes,” “F**k You B*tch,” “Drop ‘Em Out,” “Better Off Beatin’ Off” and “Sit on My Face.” This certainly can’t be the country of old…
Also Released: Audrey Assad, Inheritance (Fortunate Fall); Deadpool (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Twentieth Century Fox/Milan Entertainment); Lacey Sturm, Life Screams (FOLLOWSPOT); Lissie, My Wild West (Lionboy); The Record Company, Give It Back to You (Concord); School of Seven Bells, SVIIB (Vagrant); Snarky Puppy Family Dinner, Vol. 2 (GroundUP Music) SWMRS, Drive North (uncool); Vinyl (Music from the HBO® Original Series, Vol. 1) (Atlantic/Warner Bros.)