The 26 Albums of 2014 You Probably Didn't But Really Should Hear

From Dolly Parton's 'Blue Smoke' to Frankie Ballard's 'Sunshine & Whiskey,' the stellar albums you may have missed in 2014

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Sundy Best, 'Bring Up the Sun'
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Sundy Best, 'Bring Up the Sun'

We've talked up this two-dude duo from Kentucky before, naming them one of our 10 New Artists You Need to Know earlier this summer. And for good reason: their LP Bring Up the Sun. An instantly timeless album with a genuine sense of heart — there's no quickly dated computer beats or country boy posturing here — Sun radiates with sincerity. Whether singer-guitarist Nick Jamerson is brushing aside the unconscionable idea of regret in the introspective "Smoking Gun" or percussionist Kris Bentley is banging away a bar-band rhythm in the love-struck "Until I Met You," the record's 15 tracks serve as an example of what today's country music can be, if artists would just let their guard down.

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