Frame by Frame
While the third-season Voice champ is being marketed as a country artist—groomed as such by her coach Blake Shelton—she isn’t really Nashville. Despite some identity issues on her debut, she’s a solid, malleable performer and even shows songwriting skills. 
Scoring a country hit with the titular breakup ballad, Farr brings more down-home spirit to his debut album. Though he may not be the best singer, he takes you on a smooth truck ride with both honky-tonk stompers (“Dirty”) and good ol’ weepies (“Hello Goodbye”). 
Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song
After topping the Billboard pop chart with his last album, 2011’s Mission Bell, this singer-songwriter ventured to Nashville to record this country-flavored set, even getting Alison Krauss and Patty Griffin to sing on two rootsy beauties. 
Days Are Gone
On their debut, which opened at No. 1 in the U.K. (and No. 6 in the U.S.), L.A.’s three Haim sisters alternately evoke the 2013 answer to Wilson Phillips, Tegan & Sara as a trio and the female version of the Bee Gees. It all makes for some sweet California breeziness.