Conditions in 2020 and 2021 saw wholesale disruption and delay to music label release schedules. As an attitude emerges that things can’t be put on hold indefinitely, there’s a feeling that we’ll see an increase in the number of albums released in 2022 as artists become more stoic to the idea of touring to promote them.
So we’re expecting this year to start a little slowly (first quarter is usually quiet anyway) but pick up momentum into the Spring. If that’s the case, we could see a lot of new music heading our way. So, here’s our list of the albums to look out for in 2022, with their release dates (of course). Plus a few rumours to whet the appetite.
Add this page to your bookmarks, and we’ll keep it updated as new or revised releases are announced.
Connor Smith – Didn’t Got Too Far EP
Jacob Bryant – Bar Stool Preacher
Brothers Osborne – Skeletons (Deluxe Edition)
Walker Hayes – Country Stuff The Album
Kiefer Sutherland – Bloor Street
Texas Hill – Heaven Down Here
Brent Cobb – And Now, Let’s Turn To Page…
Rod + Rose – Rod + Rose
Maddie & Tae – Through The Madness Vol.1 EP
Tracy Lawrence – Hindsight 2020, Volume 3: Angelina
Muscadine Bloodline – Dispatch To 16th Ave.
Joe Nichols – Good Day For Living
The Cactus Blossoms – One Day
Sarah Shook & The Disarmers – Nightroamer
Shovels & Rope – Manticore
Band of Heathens – Remote Transmissions Vol.1
Elles Bailey – Shining in the Half Light
The Dead South – Easy Listening for Jerks, Parts I & II
Matt Castillo – How The River Flows
Dolly Parton – Run, Rose, Run
Ned LeDoux – Buckskin
Jeremy Ivey – Invisible Pictures
The Shires – 10 Year Plan
Randall King – Shot Glass
Hailey Whitters – Raised
Ray Wylie Hubbard – Co-Starring Too
Maren Morris – Humble Quest
William Clark Green – Baker Hotel
Thomas Rhett – Where We Started
Paul Cauthen – Country Coming Down
Caitlyn Smith – High
Old Crow Medicine Show – Paint This Town
Jason Aldean – Georgia
Miranda Lambert – Palomino
Eli Young Band – Love Talking
Thomas Rhett has already confirmed his next album Where We Started will arrive on April 1st, but we’re also expecting Country Again: Side B from him in 2022. No date yet suggested, but we’re guessing it’ll appear around October/November time.
Sunny Sweeney has hinted through her social media accounts at an upcoming new studio album. We wouldn’t be surprised to see this in advance of her appearance at The Long Road festival in August this year.
Aaron Watson‘s next album will be titled “Unwanted Man”, and a summer release is expected though unconfirmed.
Taylor Swift seems set to continue her journey to re-record her previous albums. We’ve no idea of any sequence she might choose, but at some point she’ll return to her self-titled debut – won’t she?
Cody Canada & The Departed have re-recorded Soul Gravy, the second album from Canada’s earlier band Cross Canadian Ragweed. No date confirmed so far, but a Spring release seems a good bet.
American Aquarium have completed recording their latest album Chicamacomico, but we’re still waiting for a release date.