With the holiday shopping season just weeks away, there is no shortage of new music from some of country music's biggest names, with new projects from Joe Nichols, Rascal Flatts, Josh Gracin and Steve Azar hitting stores and digital retailers today (Nov. 8).

With the album's lead single, 'Take It Off,' nearing the Top 20, Joe Nichols has released 'It's All Good,' his seventh studio album. On his latest project, Joe tells The Boot, "I want to bring a traditional sound into 2011 and 2012, to keep it faithful and make sure we're still connecting with today's listener ... On every album, we're looking for hit singles, but every time out I want to satisfy the artistic part of my soul, too."


Since their debut a decade ago, Rascal Flatts have become one of country music's premier touring acts, selling more than six million concert tickets. Fan can share in the trio's stage show experience with 'The Best of Rascal Flatts,' the band's first live album. Released by their former label home, Lyric Street Records/Hollywood Records, the 10-track collection features live performances of the No. 1 singles 'Bless the Broken Road,' 'Stand,' 'These Days' and 'What Hurts the Most,' as well as the the fan-favorite album cut, 'Here's to You.' Also included are the rock classics 'Foreplay'/'Long Time' and 'Free Ride,' standard encore songs at Rascal Flatts shows.


Steve Azar returns to blues roots, releasing 'Delta Soul Vol. 1,' a collection of tunes that highlight the Mississippi native's distinctive voice and guitar skills. The singer first gained mainstream fame in 2001 for his monster single, 'I Don't Have To Be Me ('Til Monday).'

"I grew up with such great influences, and I always felt very comfortable talking my home and living in the Mississippi Delta, and I have been inspired to write about it," Steve tells Suite 101. "At least half of my songs to this day have been about home, and people seem to really gravitate towards that. It's going to be my first real rock blues record."


'American Idol' alum Josh Gracin returns with 'Redemption,' the singer's first studio album in more than three years. Released under the Average Joe's Entertainment label, the lengthy 16-song album features the singles 'She's a Different Kind of Crazy,' 'Cover Girl,' and the collection's current radio single, 'Long Way to Go,' which recently became Josh's first Adult Contemporary hit, sitting at No. 16 this week.

"The album is 100 percent my interpretation, 100 percent my idea of what I wanted the record to be," Josh explains. "Just in that alone, it's going to sound different than anything else I've done."

Watch Joe Nichol's 'Take It Off' Video