Monumental albums are on the way by Miranda Lambert, Drive-By Truckers, Kenny Chesney, Willie Nelson and more
From Conway Twitty's many musical pickup lines to Faith Hill's date with some satin sheets
From Steven Tyler's new Nashville obsession to Tina Turner's 1973 curveball
From Maren to Loretta, Dierks to Vince, the best LPs of the year's first half
From a British singer-songwriter to an Internet-born firebrand
From an unapologetic cowboy singer to a dazzling chanteuse-wordsmith
From her signature "Coal Miner's Daughter" to her duet with Jack White "Portland, Oregon"
From the defiance of "The Fightin' Side of Me" to the melancholy of "If We Make It Through December"
From a country Ed Sheeran to a protégée of Willie Nelson
From a singer-songwriter with a panoramic approach to country, to a Loretta Lynn for the Instagram generation
Little Jimmy Dickens and Lynn Anderson were just two of the country music personalities who died this past year
From the rowdy son of a celebrated songwriter to a mesmerizing Texas spitfire