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Fall Country Music Preview 2015: 25 Essential Albums and Events

From a presumed nail-biter at the CMA Music Awards to a rock icon’s big country move, here’s what we’re most looking forward to in the coming months

Carrie Underwood; Don HenleyCarrie Underwood; Don Henley

Don Henley and Carrie Underwood both have highly-anticipated albums coming out in Fall 2015.

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No matter if you listen to country music at dive bars, tailgate parties or spin class, there's a little something for everyone among the new albums being released this fall. For the mainstream lovers who like a little pep in their two-step, there's Carrie Underwood's surefire smash Storyteller album and Thomas Rhett's adventurous, R&B-infused Tangled Up. Trad-country fans (and nostalgia seekers) are counting down the days until the long-lost sequel to Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt's Trio album comes out — not to mention the triumphant, long-awaited return of Alabama. And the chic indie crowd will soon be analyzing the NSFW lyrics of the likes of Jason Boland and the Stragglers.

On the live side of country, the festival season may be slowing down but is certainly amping up the creativity. Tennessee's Pilgrimage Festival boasts an eclectic lineup including Willie Nelson, Weezer and Wilco. And North Carolina's American Roots Festival features the likes of Eric Church and Sheryl Crow alongside visual artists from all over the country. Plus, the no-Pro-Tools-needed voices of Randy Houser and Maddie and Tae will headline tours for the first time.

Here are the albums and events we typed in large, bold font on our Fall 2015 calendar.


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