By Pepper

2017 is already looking to be an exciting year for country music, with albums expected from established stars like Shania Twain and Brad Paisley, as well as some of its most promising newcomers, like Kelsea Ballerini and Old Dominion.

In no particular order, here are the albums we are most looking forward to getting in 2017!

Shania Twain – It’s been fifteen years since Shania’s had a new album out, but following her residency in Las Vegas, and a headlining gig at Stagecoach this year, it’s time for the “Man! I Feel Like a Woman” singer to come out with new music, hopefully in the spring.

The Band Perry – 2016 was a tumultuous year for the trio of siblings, losing a record deal, switching to a new label (triggering rumors of a defect to pop), but coming out with a feisty new single called “Comeback Kid,” detailing their attitude toward the future.

Old Dominion – This group of songwriters got together as a band for the sole purpose of being able to showcase their songs. After penning hits for artists like Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley, Chris Young, The Band Perry, and Craig Morgan (to name a few), they became chart-topping artists themselves with three singles from their debut album Meat and Candy. A new single from the follow-up album is expected in early 2017.

Little Big Town – LBT was already established as a mainstay in country prior to their Pain Killer album, but the controversy surrounding their single “Girl Crush” introduced them to a whole new audience. Their new single, “Better Man,” written by Taylor Swift, is poised to propel them even higher. The Breaker is set for release on February 24th.

Brad Paisley – We’ve already heard the first two singles from Brad’s forthcoming Love and War album: his current single “Today,” and previous single, a duet with Demi Lovato called “Without a Fight” (a line from which provided the album’s title).

Lauren Alaina – Five years after releasing her debut album Wild Flower, the American Idol Season 10 runner-up is ready to introduce the world to the next chapter of her musical career, with Road Less Traveled, coming out January 27th. The title track is a deeply personal story of her own battle with an eating disorder, and the album showcases Lauren’s improved vocal abilities, following vocal cord surgery. Lauren will also star in a movie called “Road Less Traveled,” which will come out in early 2017.

Kelsea Ballerini – The 2016 Academy of Country Music New Female Vocalist of the Year, and current Grammy nominee for Best New Artist in the all-genres category, finished writing her sophomore album months ago. No details or release date for the follow-up to The First Time have been announced yet, but it is expected to come out sometime in 2017.

Trent Harmon – The final winner of American Idol is set to release his debut album early in the year. It’s quite likely that he’ll be previewing some of the songs from the project when he plays K-Frog’s 27th Birthday Bash on Friday, February 17th!

Brantley Gilbert – Being married has undoubtedly given Brantley a new, positive outlook on life, but he’s also wary that The Devil Don’t Sleep. Such themes inform his new album, coming out on January 27th.

Brett Young – This Orange County native will release his full-length, debut album on February 10th. That’s where you can find his first two (very romantic) singles: “Sleep Without You” and “In Case You Didn’t Know.”

Chase Bryant – His full-length debut will hopefully come out in the spring. It’ll include his current single “Room to Breathe,” but due to the amount of material he has available, probably not his previous singles, which can be found on his earlier EPs.

Luke Combs – This Stagecoach artist’s mainstream debut has hit us, well, like a “Hurricane.” A new album is expected in early 2017.

Josh Turner – At his recent, sold-out performance at the Fox Theatre in Riverside, the “Hometown Girl” singer promised us a new album in the first quarter of 2017.

RaeLynn – Wild Horse was originally slated for release at the end of 2016, but has been pushed back to June 2017. Hopefully, she’ll perform some material from the album when she opens for Blake Shelton at the Forum on Friday, February 17th, including her poignant new song, “Love Triangle.”

Reba – The Queen of Country Music, Ms. McEntire, has a gospel-inspired double-album called Sing It Now: Songs of Faith and Hope on the way for February 3rd. It includes both classic hymns and original faith-inspired songs.


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