Top Anticipated Albums and Festivals this Summer

What are you looking forward to this summer?

Here are several A-list releases and events that made the cut:

Shania Twain's next album: Although it doesn't yet have a title or release date, fans can't wait for Twain's new material, which is rumored to be darker in tone than her hit songs from the '90s.

CMA Music Festival: Nashville's annual event is especially must-see this year thanks to Maren Morris' headlining set at Nissan Stadium, as well as sets from up-and-comers like Lillie Mae.

Watershed Festival: The scenery at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, Washington, can't be beat; neither can this year's lineup, featuring Luke Bryan and Chris Stapleton.

Lady Antebellum's Heart Break: Due June 9, this album promises to sound nothing like the country trio has ever done before.

Chris Stapleton's From a Room, Volume 1It'll be hard to top his hit 2015 album Traveller, but thanks to his fiery ACMs performance, Chris Stapleton shows no signs of a sophomore slump.

Zac Brown Band's Welcome HomeThe band returns to its storytelling roots on May 12 with songs that aim for the emotional core.

Stagecoach Music Festival: Country's answer to Coachella boasts everyone from mainstream superstars like Kenny Chesney to red-hot rebels like Margo Price.

John Mellencamp's Sad Clowns and Hillbillies: Will Mellencamp be the Don Henley of country in 2017?

Jason Isbell's The Nashville Sound: Due June 16, this album is set to mix Isbell's rock, folk and balladeer influences into a truly great album.

Bonnaroo: This Tennessee-based festival isn't known for booking country artists, but this year it boasts Cam, Margo Price, Tucker Beathard, and more of country's next big things.

Colter Wall's debut album: His first full-length album arrives after a year of opening gigs for Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle and others, reintroducing a folksinger who, at 21 years old, sings with the bruised, booming baritone of someone who's spent a lifetime loving, losing and leaving.

Midland's new album: Texas trio Midland quickly established themselves as something different, something unexpected, in the present country mainstream. It's no wonder then that "Drinkin Problem" sounds so fresh on radio and why their forthcoming full-length, due late summer/early fall, is one of country's most anticipated new releases. 

Watershed Festival: It's tough to beat the scenery at the Gorge Amphitheatre, overlooking the Columbia River in Washington State, where this festival is held every year. 

Willie Nelson's God's Problem Child: the country legend co-wrote seven out of 13 songs on the new album out April 28th, one of which is pithily titled "Still Not Dead," addressing the greatly exaggerated rumors of his own demise. 

Brad Paisley's Love and War: His 11th studio album out April 21st is a star-studded affair with guest spots from Mick Jagger, John Fogerty, Bill Anderson and even an old Johnny Cash poem that Paisley set to music, "Gold All Over the Ground."


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