(Left) Flatland Cavalry, (Top Right) Aaron Watson, (Bottom Right) Triston Marez

Independent country music in 2019 grew and shined more than ever with Cody Johnson taking his step into the national spotlight signing a groundbreaking record deal with Warner Music Nashville after many previous years being independent. Tyler Childers also had a breakout year with his album "Country Squire" (promoted by RCA records) and made numerous appearances on late-night television as well as his Opry debut. Big stuff for a kid from a small town in Kentucky. So many artists put out great music yet often it is still a struggle to be heard. Thank you 2019 for allowing the underdogs to win a bit.

In this article, we are going to round out the year's top independent albums (and EP's) picked by the Country Underdog Staff in no particular order. Albums that were released without help from a Nashville label (Sorry CoJo, and TC ).

Top Albums of The Year

Homeland Insecurity, Flatland Cavalry

Hail Mary, Shane Smith & The Saints

Cheap Silver and Solid Country Gold, Mike and the Moonpies

The Good One's Never Last, Kolby Cooper

DeAnn, Zach Bryan

Harold Saul High, Koe Wetzel

Red Bandana, Aaron Watson

Hellbent, Randy Rogers Band

Whiskey Myers, Whiskey Myers

Long Time Comin’, Micky & The Motorcars

After The Fire & The Wanting, Cody Jinks

Love & Panic: Heartstrings, Sam Riggs

Top EP's of the year

Until I Found You, Triston Marez

That Was All Me, Triston Marez

Medicine Man, Tanner Usrey

Nashville Sessions, Dustin Massey

Honorable Mentions:

Turning Point, Shea Abshier & The Nighthowlers

Onward, Stoney LaRue

Songs From The Exile, Dalton Domino

Bulletproof Live, Reckless Kelly

Watch This: Live From Dallas, Randy Rogers, Wade Bowen

The Oak Tree and the Weed, Zane Williams

Barstool Stories, Kevin Fowler

Loud & Clear, Grant Gilbert

Cashin’ Out EP, Bubba Westly

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