It’s hard to believe that we’re already a third of the way through the year.
With that, it is as good a time as any to stop and take a minute to reflect back on some of the music that country music has given us this year. With such a wide variety of influences and styles in country music, there’s always a little something for everybody, but regardless of your own personal style, you can’t deny that these 13 artists are shaking things up across the entire genre.
Will every one of these albums will make our year-end list? Maybe, maybe not. Sometimes, you just need more listens to appreciate an album, or on the other hand, come to the realization that maybe it’s not quite as good as you thought. We’ll see what happens.
So without further ado…
Maddie & Tae – One Heart to Another EP
Normally, we wouldn’t include an EP on a list like this, but Maddie & Tae’s new EP is just too damn good.
Here’s 12 of our favorites, in no particular order.
Randy Houser – Magnolia
Flatland Cavalry – Homeland Insecurity
Joshua Ray Walker – Wish You Were Here
Lauren Jenkins – No Saint
Randy Rogers Band – Hellbent
Maren Morris – GIRL
Jake Owen – Greetings From … Jake
George Strait – Honky Tonk Time Machine
Molly Tuttle – When You’re Ready
Brooks & Dunn – Reboot
Reba McEntire – Stronger Than the Truth
Cody Johnson – Ain’t Nothin’ to It
Whiskey Riff is the most entertaining country site…ever.