There is no question that 2017 was a heck of a year for music: Fans got their hands on two new albums from Chris StapletonColt Ford celebrated the release of his sixth studio album, Love Hope Faith, and we bid farewell to the one and only Glen Campbell with his beautiful final statement, Adios. And that's just a sampling of some of the amazing tunes fans were lucky enough to spin in '17.

But as exciting as 2017 was, 2018 is shaping up to be even more thrilling: The boys in American Aquarium are going to unveil their latest record, Things Change, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Oates is giving fans Arkansas, and word on the street is we'll get a new LP from Wade Bowen early in the year, too.

That's just the beginning, too! Flip through the photo gallery above to learn more about some of the most-anticipated new country, Americana, alt-country, bluegrass and folk albums of 2018; fans can also keep track of all the release dates below.

2018's New Country, Americana, Alt-Country, Bluegrass and Folk Albums


Jan. 12: Anderson East, Encore
Jan. 12: Walker McGuire, Walker McGuire EP
Jan. 19: First Aid Kid, Ruins
Jan. 19: Devin Dawson, Dark Horse
Jan. 19: Lanco, Hallelujah Nights
Jan. 19: Caitlyn Smith, Starfire
Jan. 26: Calexico, The Thread That Keeps Us
Jan. 26: Steep Canyon Rangers, Out in the Open
Jan. 26: Kalie Shorr, Awake EP
Jan. 26: Mary Gauthier, Rifles and Rosary Beads


Feb. 2: Mike and the Moonpies, Steak Night at the Prairie Rose
Feb. 2: John Oates, Arkansas
Feb. 2: Montgomery Gentry, Here's to You
Feb. 2: The Wood Brothers, One Drop of Truth
Feb. 9: Wade Bowen, Solid Ground
Feb. 9: Ruby Boots, Don't Talk About It
Feb. 16: Brandi Carlile, By the Way, I Forgive You
Feb. 16: Marlon Williams, Make Way for Love
Feb. 16: I'm With Her, See You Around
Feb. 16: Courtney Patton, What It's Like to Fly Alone
Feb. 23: Rockabye Baby: Lullaby Renditions of Johnny Cash
Feb. 23: Jeff Hyde, Norman Rockwell World
Feb. 23: Darlingside, Extralife
Feb. 23: The Weight Band, World Gone Mad


March 2: Whiskey Wolves of the West, Country Roots
March 16: Scotty McCreery, Seasons Change
March 16: The Oak Ridge Boys, 17th Avenue Revival
March 16: Shenandoah, Reloaded
March 23: Jordan Davis, Home State
March 23: High Valley, Farmhouse Sessions
March 30: Kacey Musgraves, Golden Hour
March 30: Ashley McBryde, Girl Going Nowhere
March 30: Lindi Ortega, Liberty
March 30: Kim Richey, Edgeland
March 30: Caitlin Canty, Motel Bouquet
March 30: Mary Chapin Carpenter, Sometimes Just the Sky
March 30: Leah James, While She Sleeps


April 5: Dancehall Dreamin': A Tribute to Pat Green
April 6: Blackberry Smoke, Find a Light
April 6: Johnny Cash: Forever Words
April 6: Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, Years
April 6: Western Centuries, Songs From the Deluge
April 6: David Lee Murphy, No Zip Code
April 6: Restoration: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin
April 13: Jason Aldean, Rearview Town
April 13: John Prine, The Tree of Forgiveness
April 13: Society of Broken Souls, Midnight and the Pale
April 20: Brothers Osborne, Port Saint Joe
April 20: Old Crow Medicine Show, Volunteer
April 20: Ashley Monroe, Sparrow
April 21: Eric Church, 61 Days in Church
April 27: Willie Nelson, Last Man Standing
April 27: Muscadine Bloodline, Movin' On EP
April 27: Beth Nielsen Chapman, Hearts of Glass


May 4: Parker Millsap, Other Arrangements
May 4: Granville Automatic, Radio Hymns
May 11: Ashley Campbell, The Lonely One
May 11: Brent Cobb, Providence Canyon


June 1: Trampled By Turtles, Life Is Good on the Open Road
June 1: American Aquarium, Things Change














Dierks Bentley, The Mountain
Steve Moakler, Born Ready
Keith Urban, Graffiti U