5. "J. T. Hodges" - J. T. Hodges: The self-titled album by this newcomer is story-telling at its best. Songs like "Sleepy Little Town" and "Hunt You Down" are full of catchy lyrics and sing-a-long choruses. It's one album I played over and over again. Read my review here.
4. "Night Train" - Jason Aldean: It's a supercharged album from one of my favorite country artists. His songs about life in a small town always resonate with me, but he has two ballads on this album, "Talk" and "Drink One For Me," that are among his best. I predicted a standout track on my review, "The Only Way I Know," and it is currently tearing up the airwaves. This is a great country album that has pleased many fans.
3. "Love and Theft" - Love and Theft: The best songs are told in a simple way, and that is basically this whole album. Great lyrics with pop production makes this album one of the best. "Angel Eyes" is one of my favorite songs and a top hit of the year.
2. "Uncaged" - Zac Brown Band: The third release from this incredible band continues to push the limits. There is a reggae track and an R&B song that don't pretend to be country. And then there are few all-out bluegrass jams. I really enjoy their ballads. "Good-Bye In Her Eyes" is by far my favorite song they've ever recorded. It's a fun-filled album from some of the best musicians in the country.
1. "Up All Night" - Kip Moore: My favorite album of the year is one I missed reviewing on my blog since it was released in April. However, I did see him in concert with Eric Church and also at the CMA Music Fest in Nashville. After I heard him live, I was hooked! His song "Somethin' 'Bout A Truck" was overplayed on the airwaves, but I didn't mind one bit. It's so catchy and honest and soooo country. There are many other true to life songs on this album that are just as good as his platinum-selling single.