2017 Spring/Summer Country Preview: 25 Anticipated Albums, Festivals

From new releases by Angaleena Presley and Jason Isbell to annual blowouts like Stagecoach and CMA Music Festival

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Angaleena Presley

Album: Wrangled
Release Date: April 21st
Halfway through her second solo album Wrangled, Angaleena Presley lays it all on the line: "I don't wanna be an outlaw," she sings on the subtle Motown swing of "Outlaw." "I don't wanna be a renegade." It's a song about wanting a seat at a table that you may never have, but you damn well deserve. In the wake of her excellent debut, American Middle Class, the Pistol Annie still didn't snag major label interest or even mild radio success, and much of Wrangled is her response to an industry that's done nothing but try to bring her down. "Everyone has always passed on me," she says. Wrangled, which features co-writes with Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe, Wanda Jackson and the late Guy Clark, will show them exactly what they're missing, and wondering, in the end, who exactly is wrangling who. M.M.

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