It was the summer of Luke Bryan crashing your party and Lee Brice hosting his in the middle of a blacktop, but these days fall has chilled both the temperature and the tunes. You can still cruise with Florida Georgia Line, but rolling the windows down to do it puts you at risk of catching a cold. Where old-timers like Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, Willie Nelson and Alan Jackson offered new releases (Willie teamed up with 18 different female performers for his; Alan devoted his entirely to bluegrass), young guns like Thomas Rhett attempted to keep the party alive. Cassadee Pope, meanwhile, brought teen pop and country back together, and Neko Case filled an album with one devastating track after another. Find all that and more in our roundup of country's best fall releases.
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