10 long-awaited artists for new music, and when it happens


Quietly, many of country music’s most popular hitmakers have spent four years, eight years or even 11 years (!!!) between studio albums. Tanya Tucker ended a 10-year drought in 2019 and Shania Twain ended one at 15 in 2017. But neither can touch the No.1 artist on this list.

The best hit packages and re-recordings of old songs (or covers) do not count for the purposes of this list of the latest albums. Hank Williams Jr., for example, cross-cut some older songs for Nash Icon Records in 2016, but fans will have to rethink There Are Two Presidents to find his latest studio album of all new material.

In other cases, the drought is only long in relation to the rhythm imposed by the artist. Chris Young’s streak looks sure to end before he turns four, but he’s on the list because he’s released four albums in the past four years. Lose sleep in 2017.

Can you think of someone who is still active, but not actively making new music? Alan Jackson (six) and Travis Tritt (14) recently ended long streaks, with albums released in 2021. Many well-known country men are still trying to find the right mix for a studio project. Who’s on your new music wishlist?

10 artists who have long been waiting for new music

Fans of these 10 country artists are just hungry for new music. Which artist do you hope to end their drought soon?

The # 1 artist on this list is still relevant today, but she has waited over 15 years to release a new album. Find the full list ordered from shortest to longest, with a set of expectations for each.


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