It was another great year for country music. There were some standout albums from the likes of Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, and Midland. But you've no doubt heard plenty about those already. I listen to all kinds of country music and have identified five great country albums from the year that you might not have listened to. You should.

Western Star - Bruce Springsteen - A country album from The Boss? It sure is! Bruce pays tribute to the 'cosmopolitan country' sound from the likes of Glen Campbell in this stellar release. It's filled with great storytelling and lush orchestrations and even some steel guitar.

Texas Piano Man - Robert Ellis - If you've never heard of Robert Ellis, he's another product of the Red Dirt country music scene in Texas. He combines folk with country production but on his latest album, he takes a left turn and wows us with his piano skills.

Red Bandanna - Aaron Watson - Another Texas native, Watson has been making music his way for over a decade. Red Bandanna might just be my favorite album of the year. It's full of heart and optimism. It's lyrics clearly mean something to Watson. I can feel how badly he wants to succeed in his own way.

Ain't Nothin' To It - Cody Johnson - What is it about Texas guys on this list? Johnson is another performer who has a huge following in the Lone Star state buy has only recently seen some success on country radio. On My Way to You was his first #1, but this album has plenty more for you to sink your teeth into!

Country Squire - Tyler Childers - Perhaps no other off the radar country star had a bigger year than Childers. Country Squire is the best album you've never heard of. He's nominated for a Grammy for All Your'n, and House Fire is the song I couldn't get enough of in 2019. And he's selling out arenas now. This Kentucky native is a star whether he likes it or not.

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