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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Rascal Flatts

Album: Back to Us
Release Date: May 19th
Getting back to basics is a common theme for a lot of country artists' new releases in 2017, and Rascal Flatts are no exception. Now 17 years removed from their self-titled debut album, Gary LeVox and company don't have much left to prove – which is why the Flatts had the luxury of recording with their touring band on Back to Us, a rarity for Nashville stars of their stature. That laid-back atmosphere gave them a chance to refocus on what they've always been best at: vocal harmonies, as evidenced by the bombastic single "Yours If You Want It." That's been rejuvenating, according to LeVox: "I think we got back the passion we had on the first [album]," he says of Back to Us. J.G.

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