As we approach the summer months, we’ve been thinking about our favourite Country albums of 2019 so far.
EF Country’s Pip and Laura have been sifting through all of the year’s releases so far and have picked their Top 5. There’s a mix of artists in there ranging from established to emerging that cross the whole spectrum of the Country genre.
Keep reading to find out who made the cut…
5. The Lowdown Drifters – Last Call For Dreamers
Every so often you hear a debut album by a band you’re not all that familiar with and it knocks your socks off. That happened to us with The Lowdown Drifters’ full-length record Last Call For Dreamers. Fully embracing traditional Country with a strong sense of storytelling, the album is the breath of fresh air the genre desperately needs right now.
4. Brooks & Dunn – Reboot
Brooks & Dunn are legends. There’s no debating that. When they announced they were teaming up with some of the stars of today’s Country charts to reimagine their hits, we were pretty excited. Thankfully the finished product lived up to our expectations with highlights including Neon Moon with Kacey Musgraves, Brand New Man with Luke Combs and My Next Broken Heart with Jon Pardi.
3. Sean McConnell – Secondhand Smoke
Sean McConnell has been on our radar for quite some time but with Secondhand Smoke he’s jumped onto our must-listen list. The album is profoundly moving, highly emotional and McConnell’s vocals are out of this world. Shaky Bridges, Here We Go and Greetings From Niagara Falls are just some of the highlights.
2. George Strait – Honky Tonk Time Machine
Another legend makes our Top 5. George Strait has been releasing hits for decades but we weren’t prepared for just how good Honky Tonk Time Machine was going to be. The album is a party from start to finish, staying true to Strait’s distinctive sound and delivering plenty of highlights such as Every Little Honky Tonk Bar, Codigo and God and Country Music.
1. Maren Morris – GIRL
Maren Morris knocked it out of the park with Hero so we weren’t confident she’d be able to top it with the long-awaited GIRL. One listen through and all our worries were put to one side. GIRL is Morris’ Golden Hour. It showcases her versatility, her ability as a songwriter and seriously impressive vocals. From the stirring title track through to the raucous All My Favourite People featuring Brothers Osborne and the bluesy Good Woman, there’s something for everyone.