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Top 10 Country Albums, August 2012
Top 10 Country Albums, August 2012

by Linda Ryan

The dog days of summer are slipping away at an alarming rate: the last gasp of the season has arrived, and the romances and friendships born under that hot sun are already fading away into fond memories. Sigh. It goes fast.

The bright side? There were plenty of fantastic country (and country-ish) albums released in the past month or so, from the Southern-rock/soul grit of Blackberry Smoke to the barn-burners of Old Crow Medicine Show to the radio-friendly Gloriana to the soulful JT Hodges. A handful of impressive new singles included in the playlist above provide another spoonful of sugar to help it all go down as you prepare to head back to school. There. I said it. School.

Once September hits, you can expect to hear new singles from the likes of Kenny Chesney, Kix Brooks, Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town and more. But for now, kick back and enjoy some new country tunes (including Andy Gibson's fitting "I Want That Summer Back") and relive those summer memories one more time.