James Scott Bullard "Box of Letters" receives notable release designation on Twang Nation

By Baron Lane, Twang Nation 

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”