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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Chris Stapleton
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Chris Stapleton

Album: From A Room: Volume 1
Release Date: May 5th
Following the breakout success of 2015's Traveller is no easy feat for Chris Stapleton, who topped the charts and won pretty well every award of note with his first solo LP. Not that that's liable to deter the Kentucky native: His next release is coming in two parts, with the first, From A Room: Volume 1 (the capital "A" notes the studio where it was recorded), dropping on May 5th, and the second installment due later in the year. Teaming up once more with producer David Cobb, Stapleton unleashed a fiery preview of the album during the Academy of Country Music Awards earlier this month with "Second One to Know," a real stomper that sees him leaning all the way into that burly, booming voice. The album's lead single "Broken Halos," which Stapleton wrote with former SteelDrivers bandmate Mike Henderson, smolders where its counterpart burns, as he sings, "Don't go asking Jesus why." In other words, no signs here of a sophomore slump. J.G.

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