Wanted! – Notable Americana and Roots Music Releases for 2016

Ghosts of Highway 20 - Lucinda Williams

2015 was another bumper crop year for Americana and roots music, and 2016 show vast signs that the great music will continue to come. As our Cream of the Crop favorites from 2015 makes plain we might be experiencing a new golden age of roots music as a growing influence on our contemporary culture and as a sustainable , and viable, business for young and old artists alike.

That last part is crucial as it provides seed corn for the future of this music we truly love.

The list below is a collection of 2016 notable Americana / roots releases. Some anticipated releases from artists like Sturgill Simpson, Elizabeth Cook, Robbie Fulks, Lydia Loveless, Al Scorch and Brandy Clark have no release dates yet, but when I’m aware of them and others I will be updating the list through the year and will send word through my twitter account

If you know of a release not listed leave it in the comments and I might add it.

Look for new things coming in the 2016 at Twang Nation. With your help it’s going to be a great year folks.

January 11th
Keegan McInroe – “Uncouth Pilgrims”

January 15th
Dylan LeBlanc – ‘Cautionary Tale’
Randy Rogers Band – “Nothing Shines Like Neon”
Hank Williams Jr. – “It’s About Time”
Dawn Landes And Piers Faccini – ‘Desert Songs’

January 22nd
The Cactus Blossoms – ‘You’re Dreaming’
Simon Linsteadt – Self-Titled
Aoife O’Donovan – “In the Magic Hour”

January 24th
Michael Chapman – ‘Fish”

January 26th
Brad Armstrong – “Empire”

January 29th
Buddy Miller and Friends – ‘Cayamo Sessions at Sea’
Sierra Hull – ‘Weighted Mind’
Aubrie Sellers – ‘City Blues’
Miranda Lee Richards – “First Light of Winter”

February 5th
Lucinda Williams – “The Ghosts of Highway 20”
Dori Freeman – ‘Dori Freeman’
Luther Dickinson – ‘Blues & Ballads (A Folksinger’s Songbook: Volumes I & II)’
The Infamous Stringdusters – ‘Ladies & Gentleman’
Freakwater – ‘Scheherazade’
The O’s – ‘Honeycomb’

February 12th
Vince Gill – “Down to My Last Bad Habit”
Wynonna Judd – “Wynonna & the Big Noise”
Lorrie Morgan – ‘Letting Go … Slow’
Joey + Rory – “Hymns That Are Important To Us”
Malcolm Holcombe – ‘Another Black Hole’
Wheeler Walker Jr. ‘Redneck Shit’
Alex Dezen – ‘Alex Dezen’
Matt Patershuk – ‘I Was So Fond of You”
Applewood Road (Emily Barker, Amber Rebirth and Amy Speace) – ‘Applewood Road’

February 19th
Lake Street Dive – ‘Side Pony’
Austin Lucas – ‘Between The Moon and the Midwest”
Mike June – ‘Poor Man’s Bible’

February 26th
Shooter Jennings – ‘Countach (For Giorgio)’
Waco Brothers – ‘Going Down in History’
Kathryn Legendre – ‘Don’t Give A Damn’
Michael Daves – ‘Orchids and Violence’
Jane Kramer – ‘Carnival of Hopes’
Paul Burch – ‘Meredian Rising’
Bonnie Raitt – ‎’Dig In Deep’‬
Caleb Caudle – ‘Carolina Ghost”
Jen Lane – ‘This Life of Mine’
Ashley Monroe – ‘Live At Third Man Records”

March 4th
Loretta Lynne – ‘Full Circle’
Chris King – ‘Animal’
Anielle Reid – ‘Love Song’
Dead Tongues – ‘Montana’

March 11th
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real – ‘Something Real’
Waylon Jennings – ‘Return of the Outlaw: The Abbott, Texas, Broadcast 1973’

March 18th
Various – Dave Cobb’s ‘Southern Family
Grant Lee Phillips – ‘The Narrows’
Sean Watkins – “What To Fear”
The Roosevelts – ”The Greatest Thing You’ll Ever Learn’

March 25th
Parker Millsap – ‘The Very Last Day’
Margo Price – ‘Midwest Farmer’s Daughter’

April 1st
Elephant Revival – ‘Petals’
Robbie Fulks – ‘Upland Stories’
Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones – ‘Little Windows’
Left Arm Tan – ‘Lorene’

April 8th
Hayes Carll – “Lovers and Leavers”
Tim McNary – ‘Above the Trees’ EP

April 15th
Hackensaw Boys – “Charismo”
Pauline Andres – “The Heart Breaks”
The Lowest Pair – ‘Fern Girl and Ice Man’ / ‘Uncertain As It Is Uneven’

April 19th
Crow Moses – “Nightshades”

April 22nd
Nate Leavitt – “Someone Send a Signal”
Derek Hoke – ‘Southern Moon’

April 29th
Larry Hooper – ‘No Turning Back’

May 3rd
Robert Ellis – ‘Robert Ellis’
Jeremy Nail – ‘My Mountain’

May 6th
Mary Chapin Carpenter – ‘The Things That We Are Made Of”
Jimbo Mathus – ‘Band of Storms’ EP
Vaudeville Etiquette – ‘Aura Vista Motel’

May 20th
Crystal Yates – ‘The Other Side’

May 27th
The Lowest Pair – ‘Fern Girl and Ice Man’ and ‘Uncertain As It Is Uneven’
Bonnie Bishop – ‘Ain’t Who I Was’

June 17
Sarah Jarosz – ‘Undercurrent’
Kris Kristofferson – ‘Cedar Creek Sessions’

June 24
The Felice Brothers – “Life in the Dark,”

July 1
Sara Watkins – ‘Young In All The Wrong Ways’

July 4
James Scott Bullard – “Box of Letters”

July 8
Mark Chesnutt – ‘Tradition Lives On’
Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley – ‘The Country Blues’

July 15
The Earls Of Leicester – ‘Rattle & Roar,’

July 22
High Bar Gang – ‘Someday the Heart Will Trouble the Mind’

August 5
Chelle Rose – ‘Blue Ridge Blood’
Summer Dean – ‘Unladylike’

August 12
Kelsey Waldon – ‘I’ve Got a Way on’
Boo Ray – ‘Sea of Lights’

August 19
Lydia Loveless – ‘Real’
John Paul White – ‘Belah’

August 26
The Devil Makes Three – ‘Redemption & Ruin”
Dietrich Strause – “How Cruel That Hunger Binds”
Waiting for Henry – ‘Town Called Patience’

September 9
Blue Highway – ‘Original Traditional’

September 16
Amanda Shires – “My Piece Of Land”
Jesse Dayton – ‘The Revealer’
The Buffalo Ruckus – ‘Peace & Cornbread’

September 30
Drive-By Truckers – ‘American Band’
Jim Lauderdale – ‘This Changes Everything’

October 7
Shovels and Rope – ‘Little Seeds’
Hiss Golden Messenger – ‘Heart Like a Levee’
The Dexateens – ‘Teenage Hallelujah’

October 28
Aaron Lee Tasjan – “Silver Tears”
Various Artists – ‘Highway Prayer – Tribute to Adam Carroll”
Jasmine Rodgers – ‘Blood Red Sun’

November 4
Kent Eugene Goolsby – ‘Temper Of The Times’

November 18
Miranda Lambert – “The Weight of These Wings”

28 thoughts on “Wanted! – Notable Americana and Roots Music Releases for 2016

  1. Pcs22401
    January 10, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    Karen Jonas “Country Songs” March 12, 2016

  2. Jonathan Swanson
    January 19, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    I read today that Hayes Carll’s will be titled “Lover’s and Leaver’s”.

    Doesn’t Willie Nelson have one out in February?

  3. KL
    January 22, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Thank you!

  4. Valdez
    January 29, 2016 at 7:00 am

    Austin Lucas – Between the moon and the midwest (Feb 19)

  5. February 1, 2016 at 1:41 pm


    Y’all asked for some new music for 2016? Well, here is a link to one of my songs and also to where there’s more of it to listen to. Thank you for your time and kindly consideration 🙂

    Happy Trails,


  6. Ryan
    February 14, 2016 at 6:33 am

    Sean McConnell – Holy Days. There isn’t a release date I’ve seen yet, but it is supposed to be this year. He has a new record deal which may have somethong to do with the delay.

  7. Ashley
    February 20, 2016 at 11:39 pm
  8. Baron Lane
    February 22, 2016 at 8:51 am


  9. Fuzzy TwoShirts
    February 22, 2016 at 10:44 am

    I’m most excited for new music from Loretta…

  10. March 9, 2016 at 10:15 am

    May 3 – Jeremy Nail’s ‘My Mountain’ produced by Alejandro Escovedo

  11. Diz
    April 29, 2016 at 6:50 am

    Rumor has it Tyler Childers has a new record coming out this year.

  12. April 30, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Rocking version of ‘Streets of Laredo’ by an Arizona group One Minute Millionaires, controlled but wild.

  13. Wooderson
    May 29, 2016 at 3:18 am

    “The W Lovers” Self Titled!

  14. May 30, 2016 at 6:37 am

    London based Americana 6 piece “The Homing” Upcoming first single ” Friendly Fire” mixed by Stuart Epps of Led Zep, Elton John- from their 2nd studio album “In the Wood” released 23rd June..

  15. Isaac
    June 6, 2016 at 10:03 am

    “Down to my last bad habit” #VinceGill is so cool..I just love that song! Thanks for compiling this chart/list!

  16. Mike
    July 4, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    Bakersfield, CA’s Lonely Avenue releasing their long-awaited self-titled debut, July 5, 2016. Lots of mid tempo gems, and a couple great waltzy ballads.

  17. July 5, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Frankie Ranks – Game Changer

  18. July 7, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    Great list! Thanks for putting all of these albums in one place. We’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for those albums coming out later this year.

  19. July 27, 2016 at 8:14 am

    Grady Spencer and the Work — The Line betweem

    April 22

  20. Larry Looney
    August 5, 2016 at 12:36 am

    Libby Koch – Just move on
    (Berkalin Records, 6/24/16)

  21. August 10, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    Jess Wayne “Ride The River” released June 10, 2016. http://www.soundcloud.com/jesswayne

  22. Steve
    September 12, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    O’Connor Band w/ Mark O’Connor “Coming Home” released 8/5/16. A few weeks at #1 on Billboard Bluegrass Chart.

  23. Mike Johnson
    September 20, 2016 at 5:01 am

    Chicago Farmer-Midwest Side Stories. Out this month.

  24. September 25, 2016 at 6:42 am

    Courtney Marie Andrews released her remarkable self produced Honest Life on Portland label Mama Bird Recording Co. in early August of this year.


  25. October 13, 2016 at 7:37 am

    We like the Currys “West of Here” album:)

  26. Michael
    November 1, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    On November 19th, the band “Cottondale Swamp” is releasing there album. Here is a live video of the title track “Leave Me On The Suwannee”.


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