April is all about country music with new music videos from Florida Georgia Line (“Sippin’ on Fire”), Keith Urban (“Raise ‘Em Up”) and Luke Bryan (“Spring Breakdown”), not to mention fresh country albums from young guns like Tyler Farr and legends Reba McEntire, Dwight Yoakam and the Zac Brown Band. (What? They’re legends in Margaritaville!)
Later this month, all of the heartland’s finest, including Brad Paisley, Little Big Town, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Rascal Flatts, Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert and a specially reunited Brooks & Dunn, will perform at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 19, on CBS.
That’s a whole lot of heart-breakin’ and boot-shakin’, so to pump you up, here are the biggest country albums to add to your music playlists. First, let’s check in with barefoot, Spring Break party-boy Luke …
March Country Albums
Luke Bryan, Spring Break … Checkin’ Out, 3/10 — Bryan’s last Spring Break album?! Say it ain’t so. It includes 5 new songs along with remixes of Spring Break 6. Get a taste of “Spring Breakdown” in the video above.
Allison Moorer, Down to Believing, 3/17.
Canaan Smith, Canaan Smith EP, 3/24.
Striking Matches, Nothing But the Silence, 3/24 — From the songwriting duo behind the hit show “Nashville.”
Darius Rucker, Southern Style, 3/31.
Now That’s What I Call ACM Awards: 50 Years, 3/31 — Satisfy all your country yearnings with 34 hit songs from 1969 to 2012, featuring Blake Shelton, Brooks & Dunn, Clint Black, Kenny Chesney, Glen Campbell, The Judds, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift, whew, and tons more.
April Country Albums
Kristian Bush, Southern Gravity, 4/7 — The new solo album from the Sugarland guitarist includes hits like “Trailer Hitch.”
Will Hoge, Small Town Dreams, 4/7.
Dwight Yoakam, Second Hand Heart, 4/14. — Inspired by his 2012 songs produced by Beck, Dwight unveils more “cow punk” songs, kinda like country meets The Ramones.
Reba McEntire, Love Somebody, 4/14 — Featuring the power anthem “Going Out Like That” and a duet with Jennifer Nettles called “Enough.”
Ricky Gunn, King of This Town, 4/21.
Tyler Farr, Suffer in Peace, 4/28. — More moody breakup songs from the singer of “A Guy Walks Into a Bar.”
Zac Brown Band, Jekyll + Hyde, 4/28. — Like the title suggests, the band is experimenting with different styles, including songs with Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell and Sara Bareilles.
Watch the new music video by Keith Urban and Eric Church for “Raise Em Up,” which Keith said was inspired by watching his daughters jump on their trampoline.