Summer may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean new country music has to. August saw new albums from legends like Dolly Parton and Dale Watson, and artists on the rise like The Stray Birds and Drake White. And, of course, chart-toppers Florida Georgia Line.
Not to be outdone, September sees new music from legends, newcomers and chart-toppers, too. Here are some of the most notable albums hitting the shelves this month.
Jason Aldean — They Don’t Know (Sept. 9)
Fans already have a pretty good taste of Aldean’s “They Don’t Know.” Five songs come with the iTunes preorder, including first single “Lights Come On” and “A Little More Summertime.” Expect the record to keep building where Old Boots, New Dirt left off. Also, be prepared to hear a lot of Aldean’s new song with Kelsea Ballerini, “First Time Again.”
The Time Jumpers — Kid Sister (Sept. 9)
The Time Jumpers have quietly become a country music institution since they started out in Nashville back in 1998. They return to Rounder Records after their 2013 album notched two Grammy nominations. It’s the first record after the untimely passing of vocalist Dawn Sears, who passed away from lung cancer in December 2014. “I Miss You” is dedicated to her.
Aaron Lewis — Sinner (Sept. 16)
The hard rock frontman has always had a special place for country music in his heart, and he showed it with his first solo album, The Road, in 2012. Now, Lewis has doubled down on his country roots — and taken a shot at a lot of mainstream country with his song “That Ain’t Country” in the process.
Dwight Yoakam — Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars… (Sept. 23)
Yoakam’s upcoming album is a new twist on the “greatest hits” concept. Basically, he hired top-of-the-line musicians to create bluegrass versions of some of his biggest tunes. Oh, and a cover of Prince’s “Purple Rain.” We can’t wait to hear it, either.
Luke Bryan — Farm Tour: Here’s To The Farmer (Sept. 23)
Bryan is releasing another EP just in time for his annual Farm Tour, in which he visits rural farming communities and puts on free shows. Though he’s no strangers to EPs, this is the first time Bryan will release music specifically for the Farm Tour. The tour kicks off Oct. 5, and a portion of proceeds go towards scholarships for students from farming families.
John Prine — For Better, Or Worse (Sept. 30)
Prine says his wife kinda sorta tricked him into doing this duets album, but he’s sure glad he did. It’s his first duets album in decades and features some amazing collaborators, including Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves and Lee Ann Womack.
Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris — The Complete Trio Collection (Sept. 9)
Back in 1987, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris released their now classic collaborative album, Trio. This month, fans can purchase a new box set that features remastered versions of Trio and 1999’s Trio II, as well as an extra disc that features alternate tracks of “I’ve Had Enough,” “Making Plans” and “My Dear Companion.”
William Michael Morgan — Vinyl (Sept. 30)
A lot of eyes are on this young gun after the success of his debut single “I Met A Girl.” Folks are looking to William Michael Morgan to bare the torch of more traditionally-inspired country music, along with acts like Mo Pitney and Easton Corbin.