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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Justin Townes Earle

Album: Kids in the Street
Release Date:
May 26th
Justin Townes Earle has been a major figure on the fringes of country since releasing his breakout debut album The Good Life in 2008. Nearly a decade later, Earle, the son of country and Americana great Steve Earle, is still writing the kind of honest, hardscrabble songs that made that debut a breath of fresh air upon its release. On May 26th he'll return with his seventh studio album Kids in the Street, a Mike Mogis-produced effort that marks the first time Earle has brought in an outside producer. It's also, notably, the first album that the Nashville-based artist recorded outside of his hometown, a move that lends sharper edges to songs like lead single "Champagne Corolla," one of several that explores gentrification and class. B.M. 

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