This has been a strange year to release a new record in, but that hasn’t stopped folks from releasing some great albums. Here is a list of my Top 20 Albums of 2020 So Far. I know I could have included more artists here, but I am working on a Top 50 list that will be published at the end of the year. I have included links to previous coverage of albums when we have it. Check these records out and support these bands while they cannot tour for their new records by buying merch or tipping during a livestream.
1. Kyle Nix – Lightning On The Mountain And Other Short Stories
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By Joshua Wallace
As uncertainty becomes more and more a part of the new normal, it’s good to know that we can still count on some great country music albums coming up in the near future. We’ve got some quality records coming out in 2020 and it’s shaping up to be a big release year. COVID-19 has changed up the release schedule a bit, however, I have included albums with as solid of a release date as I can on this list. Check out our 10 most anticipated country albums out this summer.
Mike & The Moonpies – Touch of You – The Lost Songs of Gary Stewart – May 28th
Mike and The Moonpies just announced this release last week. It’s a collection of unreleased songs written by Gary Stewart and as soon as I heard about this record, it jumped to the top of my list. The Moonpies are one of the best honky tonk bands around and I’m looking forward to what they can do with some lost Gary Stewart songs. It’s a good thing we only have to wait a couple of days for this one. It comes out Thursday May 28th. This album is only available digitally at first, with physical items to come in the future.
Jaime Wyatt – Neon Cross – May 29th
Shooter Jennings has been on a tear lately as a producer and this new Jaime Wyatt album is looking to be no different. This album features guest appearances by Shooter Jennings himself and his mother Jessi Colter. I was a big fan of her 2017 album Felony Blues and cannot wait to see what she has as a follow up. This one is out in a couple of days on May 29th.
John Baumann – Country Shade – June 5th
I first discovered John Baumann with his 2017 album Proving Grounds. I was a huge fan of tracks like “Lonely In Bars” and “The Trouble With Drinking”. Baumann was also a part of the Texas country super group The Panhandlers who released one of my favorite albums of 2020 so far. I’m really looking forward to this solo record and if songs like “Next Ride Around The Sun” and “The Country Doesn’t Sound The Same” are any indication, Baumann has another big record here. I’m looking forward to this one out in early June.
Hellbound Glory – Pure Scum – June 5th
I have been a fan of Hellbound Glory for a long time. Their last album Pinball was a big favorite here at Gary Hayes Country and it sounds like Pure Scum will be the same. Shooter Jennings is producing this record (his second on this list). If singles like “Dial 9-1-1” and “Ragged But Alright” are any indication, this record will be high on our year end Top 50 lists. This one is out in June.
Bryan James – Politics or Religion – June 11th
I first became a fan of Bryan James with his 2017 record “Between The Devil and The Angel”. This album featured a pure country sound and had many great songs across it’s 19 tracks. Fast forward to 2020 and we have his highly anticipated follow-up album Politics Or Religion coming up in June. Check out a preview of the album here.
Kyle Nix – Lightning on the Mountain & Other Short Stories – June 26th
When I heard Kyle Nix of the Turnpike Troubadours was going solo, I knew this would be a good one even before I heard the first single. If that’s not enough, when you hear that members of Turnpike Troubadours serve as his backing band, then you know this will be a good one. That was all confirmed when “Lightning On The Mountain” was released as the first single. Now I can’t wait for the end of June for this record to come out.
Kyle Keller – All It Does Is Rain – June 27th
I have been a fan of Kyle Keller for a while. His 2017 EP was a collection of raw and real acoustic tracks. You can expect more sparse instrumentation here on All It Does Is Rain as the sad songs and stories are at the forefront of Kyle Keller’s music. If you’re a fan of good songwriting and slow acoustic sad country and folk songs, this album is for you. Look for it everywhere you can stream music on June 27th. I have also heard we might be getting a single released from this one soon.
Joshua Ray Walker – Glad You Made It – July 10th
Joshua Ray Walker blew me away with his 2019 debut album Wish You Were Here. He’s got an amazing voice and great songwriting skills to match. Earlier this year he released a new song called “Voices” that allows him to stretch his vocal chords out even further. I can’t wait to hear this entire album and we will be able to in early July.
S.G. Goodman – Old Time Feeling – July 17th
I first came across the music of S.G. Goodman through Spotify’s Indigo playlist. I was immediately drawn in by her voice which is very raw and unique. Her music comes across like a mix of Kentucky influences and a blend of rocking Mississippi delta blues. I’m looking forward to hearing the rest of the album as her early release singles have been very solid. This one is out in July.
The Texas Gentlemen – Floor It!!! – July 17th
Finally, we have a new record from the Texas country funk outfit The Texas Gentlemen. You have most likely heard The Texas Gentlemen serving as Paul Cauthen’s backing band on his albums like his 2019 release Room 41. They also have a previous album out called TX Jelly from 2017 that you should check out. This band is recommended if you like heavy doses of funk in your country. Check out the single “Bare Maximum” and the album is out in July.
Be sure to check back here at Gary Hayes Country for coverage on all of these and more great albums coming out soon.
Tumbleweed has announced an amazing lineup for 2019! This year’s festival includes the previously announced bands like Alabama, Whiskey Myers and Blackberry Smoke. Now, we can confirm that Reckless Kelly has been added to the lineup along with some amazing acts like Randall King, Chelsea Nolan, Jackson Taylor & The Sinners, Ben Haggard and Town Mountain. There are some artists who are returning from previous renditions of the festival such as The Steel Woods, Chad Vaughn, Bryan James and Jamie Wyatt. Check out the full list of artists below.
That is one hell of a lineup. I love the southern rock feature this year’s festival will have. I’m happy to see some legends like Alabama and The Marshall Tucker Band and some newer acts like Blackberry Smoke, The Steel Woods and Whiskey Myers. I for one am looking forward to next year’s Tumbleweed and I hope you already have or are planning on getting a ticket soon while they are still on sale. Check out the website for more information.
Located just just south of Kansas City and easily accessible from Highway 69, the Tumbleweed Music Festival site is a perfect combination of convenience and stunning aesthetics.
Nestled within a 2,600 acre nature preserve, Tumbleweed is a hot spot for fishing, canoeing, archery and hunting. Stunning lakefront views and mature trees flank the Tumbleweed Main Stage and camping areas. Acres of a manicured forest with natural spring-fed creeks accent the rolling terrain. Despite the area’s broad sweeping terrain, the Tumbleweed footprint is small – you’re always just steps from Main Stage, camping and amenities.
Festival attendees can expect an incredibly convenient and comfortable experience. Leave the rest to the music, drinks and dancing!
Tumbleweed is Closer than You Think!
Tumbleweed is located 45 minutes from downtown Kansas City – an easy drive from many Heartland cities!!
This map shows a 5-hour drive radius:
So this listing here is how you can purchase tickets for this event, and then after that I’m going to include some hotel information so you can leave and have a nice warm bed, and an air conditioned room. MANY local hotels offer free breakfasts and many other luxuries the field crowd won’t have. HOWVER THIS YEAR there WILL BE showers.
I will be adding many things in the next few months in many aspects of this festival, so you should check back on this one weekly for news, info and videos. I work VERY closely with directors.
Includes 2 Camping Passes & Parking
Earn Free Tickets + Upgrades
The best memories will be made in camping, but if camping isn’t your thing…
See on-site cabins available for groups up to 24 people. Cabins amenities vary by selection, but can offer private showers, toilets, washer/dryer, hot tub, full kitchen, Wi-Fi access and more.
Best Hotels for Tumbleweed:
Tumbleweed has again partnered with Stay22 to provide the lowest negotiated pricing at area hotel and accommodation partners. This pricing is equal or better than what you’ll find on any discount travel or hotel website. You can book directly from the map below!
Located 20 minutes from Tumbleweed. One of the highest-rated hotels in the area, Paola Inn & Suites offers amenities that include a complimentary continental breakfast, a fitness facility, an outdoor swimming pool, and a hot tub.
Located 27 minutes from Tumbleweed. The contemporary rooms have minifridges, microwaves, flat-screen TVs, in-room movies and free WiFi; kids 19 and under stay free with an adult. A daily hot breakfast buffet is free to guests. Amenities include an indoor pool with whirlpool, 24-hour fitness and business centers and meeting space. Parking is free.
Located 30 minutes from Tumbleweed. Straightforward extended-stay property with free WiFi & continental breakfast, plus full kitchens.
Rooms start at $97/night
Casual hotel with free breakfast & pool
Hyatt Place Kansas City/Overland Park/Metcalf
Modern hotel with free WiFi & breakfast
Paola Inn and Suites
Lodging with free breakfast & WiFi
Hotel·1118 6th St
Quality Inn Belton – Kansas City South
Relaxed hotel with an outdoor pool
Candlewood Suites Olathe
Informal all-suite hotel with a gym
Hampton Inn Belton/Kansas City area
Modern hotel with an indoor pool & a gym
Econo Lodge Belton – Kansas City South
Basic hotel with a pool & free breakfast
Quality Inn & Suites Olathe – Kansas City
Budget hotel with indoor pool & hot tub
Best Western Plus Olathe Hotel
Subdued rooms offering an indoor pool
DEAL 17% less than usual
Super 8 Gardner
Budget hotel with free breakfast & Wi-Fi
Days Inn Olathe Medical Center
Relaxed hotel with an indoor pool
Candlewood Suites Overland Park – W 135th St.
Simple extended-stay hotel with a gym
La Quinta Inn & Suites Olathe
Standard hotel with an indoor pool
Budget lodging with an indoor pool
Econo Lodge Olathe – Kansas City
Simple budget hotel with free breakfast
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Overland Park
Modern option with an indoor pool
DEAL 26% less than usual
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Kansas City-Grandview
Contemporary hotel with an indoor pool
DEALGet 6% off plus free Wi-Fi with free enrollment
Rodeway Inn & Suites
Low-key budget hotel with unfussy rooms
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Kansas City Overland Park
Extended-stay hotel with full kitchens
Comfort Inn & Suites
Basic hotel with free breakfast & WiFi
NO coolers inside Main Stage area (permitted only in camping)
NO Loitering, drinking or grilling in the parking lot (enforced by police)
NO sleeping in cars in the parking lot (enforced by police)
NO outside food or drink (permitted in camping)
NO weapons of any kind (includes pocket knives, pepper spray, fireworks, guns, tasers)
Contained fires are permitted until 2:30am and must be in a 36″ metal fire container with a screen on top (standard at all retailers). If you bring a fire pit, you must also have a 10lb fire extinguisher with it. We’re camping in a forest!
Grills are permitted.
MUSTS TO BRING
– Printed off tickets. We will not accept electronic versions off of your cell phone, receipts, etc. Your ticket must be a hard copy printed off on paper. If your ticket does not scan you will not be granted access.
– Credit Card/ATM Card/Cash- some vendors accept cash only, parking is cash only (see parking info below), liquor/beer sales will accept credit cards in some locations. Please CARPOOL! Parking is $30 per vehicle (except for RV’s) to encourage car-pooling and funds go to the city for the facility usage and cleanup.