While country music album releases didn’t exactly go into full blown hibernation during the Winter of 2011, the airwaves did seem to suffer a cold weather slow down when it came to introducing new songs. Many people who keep up with country music news, though, are celebrating a change of season with spring’s inclusion of numerous country album releases. Radio deejays and scores of fans alike are excited about current and upcoming releases from shining stars Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Faith Hill and Josh Turner, along with getting-there Lee Brice and newcomer Kip Moore.
The ladies on that list have generated a lot of anticipation, garnered partly from their pre-album singles that warmed up the winter months, and the fact that it had been awhile since fans were graced with the golden vocal chords of these country queens. It had been since 2009 that Underwood last gifted fans with an album, and 2005 since Hill had blessed the country music world with her talent by way of an album.
Other excitement is from former Commodores and pop soloist Lionel Richie, whose aim to pay honor to his southern roots and upbringing is found in “Tuskegee,” an album that features him performing some of his best loved songs with a bevy of country’s favorite performers. Duets on “Tuskegee” include “Dancing On The Ceiling” with Rascal Flatts, “Sail On” with Tim McGraw, “Hello” with Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, “My Love” with Kenny Chesney, “Easy” with Willie Nelson, “Lady” with Kenny Rogers, “Just For You” with Billy Currington and “Endless Love” with Shania Twain.