Top Country Albums, December 2013
One lesson that the last two months have taught us: songs about living it up in the summer resonate just as much in the winter. While Joe Nichols' "Sunny and 75" continued its chart run, Jake Owen released Barefoot Blue Jean Night follow-up Days of Gold, featuring songs like "Beachin'" and "Tall Glass of Something" that made us long for warmer weather, too. A few weeks earlier, the debut album from The Voice champ Danielle Bradbery (#teamblake, obv) contained a song called "Endless Summer," yes, but it was highlighted by the equally seasonal "Dance Hall." And one week before that? Well, that's when warm-weather kings Florida Georgia Line released the deluxe edition of their debut, the appropriately titled Here's to the Good Times. Of course, new albums from artists like Julie Roberts and Kellie Pickler provided a nice counterpoint to these examples as well, and accordingly our last country roundup of 2013 contains all of the above and more.