Last year ended with a trickle of new albums, but that stream will turn into a torrent as 2011 opens up.
Ahead lie new titles from such heavyweights as
There are plenty of reissues as well, including packages from
After wowing his fans in November with Hits Alive, a double album of radio singles and concert pieces, Paisley will return April 19 with This Is Country Music. The CD takes its title, of course, from the lyrical manifesto Paisley debuted on the 2010 CMA Awards show, shortly before he won the entertainer of the year prize.
Nichols will bow his Greatest Hits Jan. 25, an assemblage that ranges from his first attention-getter,
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Here, in chronological order, are other country, bluegrass and Americana titles of interest:
Jan. 4: Nathan Stanley, My Kind of Country, including country classics duetted with
Jan. 10: The Grascals, The Grascals & Friends, available only at Cracker Barrel Restaurants, a collection of country standards with guest performances by Brad Paisley,
Jan 11: Steel Magnolia, Steel Magnolia.
Jan. 18: The Jayhawks, Hollywood Town Hall (expanded reissue) and Tomorrow the Green Grass (two CD reissue).
Jan. 25: James Wesley, Real; Willie Nelson, Playlist: The Very Best Gospel of Willie Nelson; Pete Anderson, Even Things Up;
Feb. 1: Hot Club of Cowtown, What Makes Bob Holler.
Feb. 8: Thompson Square, Thompson Square
Feb. 15: Sarah Darling, Angels & Devils;
Feb. 22: Johnny Cash, From Memphis to Hollywood a double album, the first CD of which covers Cash's career in Memphis from late 1954 to late 1957, beginning with a Memphis radio broadcast hosted by Cash, as well as a dozen demos (11 previously unreleased) and seven outtakes from Sun Records. The second disc gathers Cash's non-album singles, outtakes and B-sides he recorded for Columbia from 1958 to 1969, following his move to Los Angeles to pursue TV and film work as a songwriter and actor.
March 1: Craig Campbell, Craig Campbell;