29 Albums From 2018 That Are Worth Checking Out

(5K-50K Monthly Listeners on Spotify)


Randall King – Randall King

We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again…Randall King is damn good country! This album was one that blew us all away and it’s been so fun to see fans (and even Garth Brooks!) have the same reaction. King’s collection of tracks has everything you could want in a Country record including amazing sound, captivating lyrics, and classic beats for some good ol’ honky-tonk two-stepping. Big things are in store for King!

Pick of the album: Mirror Mirror


Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/track/2HH3IOe7C8XHMlk8kcJigk?si=Cuo-6upTT76TN2YqbvGtGg



Kolby Cooper – Vo1.-EP 

Kolby Cooper’s Vol 1. – EP is easily one of our favorite surprises this year.  The 5 track EP packs a punch of relatability, solid sonics, and catchy melodies.  This kid certainly has “it”, and we’ve got some big expectations for his future! Hop on the bandwagon now!

Pick of the album:   It Ain’t Me


Spotify Link:  https://open.spotify.com/album/5syk2daTo1YtSBRRjuyCjS?si=g-m5BawQTMqx8ZmPRFHaEQ



Chris Colston – Gone

Chris Colston came in to 2018 as young kid with a lot of potential, but after dropping his “Gone – EP,” he’s turned in to an artist who’s quickly rising through the ranks.  With his wildly successful title track leading the charge and amassing over 300K streams on Spotify, the 4 track EP is full of heavy guitars, powerful vocals, and smokey production, creating a edgy sound and exciting vibe.  There’s no doubt this Lindale, Texas native has found his sound! Word is, he’s already gearing up for new tunes and we can’t wait to hear them! We think this is just the beginning of an exciting career.

Pick of the album: Gone


Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/album/3smyRiDpRLbKW639ulxwG9



Corey Hunt Band – North of Low Water 21042

After listening to “North of Low Water”, I immediately looked up show dates to hear these tunes live! I’m digging the lyrics of the tunes along with the acoustic sounds featured.  The band’s alternative/rock & roll attitude also make for a fun record to tap your foot and sing along to! This an album I find myself coming back to again and again.

Pick of the Album: I’m Doing Fine


Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/track/0mcUmYCtElwOzg7GQIIra0?si=IlZ0fLojTpeb8if0qoZnjA



Cameran Nelson – First Gear – EP

Cameron Nelson’s “First Gear – EP” is chalked full of edgy production and cranked up guitars.  The rock vibe and infectious energy make this one you roll down the windows and crank up the volume to.  It’s without a doubt a summer album! We’re excited to hear the rest of the new comes said to be shortly on their way!

Pick of the album:  “Home Wasn’t Built in a Day”


Spotify Link:  https://open.spotify.com/album/4keFxsblY9OEW97afPwUME?si=M300oirqRw-3_A7U9dZKow

– Chris


Shea Abshier & The Nighthowlers – Potluck 

Perfectly named, “Potluck” is a dinner table of airy, heartfelt and unique tracks. It’s a mixture of Indie-Alternative and the Austin Country scene. This is the kind of album you play at an outdoor barbecue, but can have a moment to yourself to reflect on life. Between the genuine lyrics, soft harmonies, and variation of instrumentals, “Potluck” is easily one of the most diverse and fun albums of the year.

Pick of the Album: As You Weep


Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/album/2FPf1rnJZyw0jayndoemhk?si=bJbneiguQR6ehj56iDPnaw



Huser Brother Band – Find My Way 

This EP had an excellent showcase of this band’s talent and sound. The stories are a collection of the life experiences of the bands’ and was a fun way to get to know them. After first hearing “Dance Floor”, I couldn’t wait to check out more from the group. These songs are fun jams and make me excited for this band’s future. I am totally rooting for them!

Pick of the album: Highway


Spotify Link:  https://open.spotify.com/album/73KM4DMTlfXyYSKkoyY6t2?si=VfzhEiM0QeargiWcGtbBtA



Django Walker – That’s Just Me 

Django Walker offers a 13 track album full of smart songwriting and sing along choruses.  There are some songs that really grab a hold of you and make you listen. This is probably my favorite album from him so far.

Our pick of the album:  Bloodlines


Spotify link:  https://open.spotify.com/album/0gzXnR5aNxMdxAAWCZaRvE?si=kOwhUh7KRK6M5MImEIomRg



Jody Booth – The Rosewood Tapes Volume One

Jody Booth’s “The Rosewood Tapes Volume One” is just good ole country music.  With a variety of honky-tonk, heartbreak, and wisdom, there’s so much to like about this EP. Rich songwriting on top of neo-traditional instrumentation that perfectly compliments a great country voice…is a winner in my book every time.

Pick of the album:  Carolina


Spotify Link:  https://open.spotify.com/album/2LKgvR9kFF0fn7TtWiIu5i?si=MUl19ZGkRVG4Dz4dIml7bA   


Darrin Morris Band – Preacher Man

Darrin Morris Band’s “Preacher Man” has a whole and rich sound of modern country music.  Full of personal stories, faith, love and heartbreak the 8 track project gives you plenty to dive in to.  With easy to embrace messages and smooth vocals, this is one you can sit down, sit back and just listen to. 

Pick of the album:  Never Knew Texas


Spotify Link:  https://open.spotify.com/album/4MueZ1jK8SgY0BkJYJ53HW?si=1zPtRN9WT1yyP6f-QEDt4A


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Author: Chris Fox

Music addict, a sucker for heartbreak songs, and avid Houston sports fan! I'am also the Editor-in-Chief of Texas Music Pickers.

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