30 Great Country Albums of 2015 You Probably Didn't Hear

From the bright country-pop of Kristian Bush's 'Southern Gravity' to the defiant reinvention of Allison Moorer's 'Down to Believing'

Josh Moore, 'Parted Ways'
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14. Josh Moore, 'Parted Ways'

Josh Moore first gained notice as the teenaged frontman of Beloved, an abrasive Christian hardcore band that had some success on the church-rock circuit before splitting up around the time Moore became old enough to legally drink. That was 10 years ago and Moore has been biding his time since then, moving to Carrboro, North Carolina, and eventually emerging as one of the area's best country-leaning artists alongside Mount Moriah, Hiss Golden Messenger and other local luminaries. Along the way, he wrote this quietly stunning collection of country-soul ruminations about going through changes — nine songs about what you have to give up to get on to the next thing. The combination of Moore's earnest, stoic quaver and the album's warmly airy arrangements recalls the Band at its earthiest. D.M.

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