By Steve Weinstein
By Bryan Bierman
By Lindsey Rhoades
By Chaz Kangas
By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek
By Jena Ardell
By Jesse Sendejas Jr.
By Katherine Turman
This is turning out to be one of the best years for country albums ever: A few weeks ago, six of Billboard's top seven were hard-to-resist sets by Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson, Kenny Chesney, Montgomery Gentry, Loretta Lynn, and Toby Keith. So if more than the genre's share wind up at the top of my pile, blame the music.
(Outlaw import hard rock album)
DJ ENUFF FEATURING THIRST
Are You Thirsty?
(Cornerstone Mixtape/Sprite promo hip hop mix CD)
(Sovereign Artists hard-rock album)
The Sound of Konk: Tales of the New York Underground 198188
(Soul Jazz import punk-funk reissue)
The People's Choice
(AntAcidAudio '80s-'90s art-punk reissue)
(Mercury country album)
Sweet Right Here
(Lyric Street country album)
(Gomer powerpop album)
GENE WATSON . . . Sings
(Intersound country album)