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by Linda Ryan

April 18, 2012

Top 10 Country Albums, April 2012

by Linda Ryan  |  April 18, 2012

April showers are slowly but surely giving way to summer breezes, marking the passing of time. Once again, it's time to introduce you to -- or remind you about -- some killer new country releases. As usual, it's a wildly diverse bunch.

Leading the way is Lionel Richie's chart-topping Tuskegee, which features duets from some of country's biggest hit-makers, including Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean and Rascal Flatts. According to Billboard, only Mr. Richie and the über-cool Ray Charles have managed to top both the R&B and country charts during their careers. Impressive, no? And since we've mentioned Rascal Flatts, let's point out that their new album, Changed, is also in the mix here, as is the dark and fabulously creepy soundtrack to The Hunger Games.

Beyond that, we have bluegrass, alt country, singer-songwriters and Americana artists vying for your attention -- something here is bound to catch your fancy.

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