Evan Paul is the host of Taste of Country Nights, a syndicated radio show heard on more than 100 country radio stations nationwide. Producer Amber co-hosts the show with him every night from 7PM to midnight. Together they play the best new country music and interview today's top stars, like Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Brantley Gilbert, Lady A, Maren Morris, Miranda Lambert + more! 

Summer is in full swing, and man, has the new country music come out to play this year! I think with the whole pandemic and being on lockdown last year, in talking to a lot of country stars, they have all told me that they wrote and recorded so many songs last year, it's just a matter of when they are going to be able to release them all to us.

One of the new country albums that I'm looking forward to is  Dan + Shay's Good Things. This album drops on Aug. 13, and it features their smash song with Justin Bieber, "10,000 Hours," as well as "Glad You Exist" and "I Should Probably Go to Bed." These two are so dang talented, I can't wait to hear the rest of their new album when it comes out.

On Aug. 6, Chris Young's Famous Friends comes out. We have heard all but a few of these songs, and they're all great. Leading the charge is his No. 1 hit with Kane Brown, "Famous Friends."

On Aug. 27, Trace Adkins' The Way I Wanna Go hits the proverbial "shelves." He has paired with Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan and Pitbull, Melissa Etheridge, Keb’ Mo’ and Stevie Wonder, plus rapper Snoop Dogg.

Take a look at the entire list of country albums coming out in August 2021, and let us know what country album you are most excited for in August 2021!

Aug. 6: Chris Young, Famous Friends
Aug. 13: Dan + Shay, Good Things
Aug. 13: Tracy Lawrence, Hindsight 2020 Vol. 2: Price of Fame
Aug. 20:
Anderson East, Maybe We Never Die
Aug. 20
: Maggie Rose, Have a Seat
Aug. 27: King Calaway, Midnight EP
Aug. 27: Michael Ray, Higher Education EP
Aug. 27: Trace Adkins, The Way I Wanna Go

Best Country Albums of 2021 - Critic's Pick

There have been many creative country albums in 2021, but not all have hit the mark. Artists are more than ever toying with distribution methods and packaging as much as they are new sounds, so you get double and triple albums, Part 1 and Part 2, and digital EPs in lieu of a traditional 10 or 11-song release.

The bar for an EP on this list of the best country albums of 2021 is higher than an LP, but one project did crack the Top 10. Too much music proved to dampen other artist's efforts, although Alan Jackson's first album in years was filled with country music we couldn't turn away from. Where Have You Gone has 21 songs, but somehow no filler.

More than ever, this relied on staff opinion and artistic merit to allow for some parity among major label artists and independents. The 10 albums listed below are not ranked, although the year-end list published in the fall will crown a true best album of 2021.