The year 2017 is already shaping up to be a great one for country music. Throughout the first six months of the year, plenty of reliable stars have released great records; there have also been a number of newcomers who have added their voices into the mix.

It's a tough task to pick just five new country albums to spotlight in a mid-year report, but The Boot's staff took on the task. Flip through the photo gallery above to learn about The Boot's picks for 2017's Top 5 country music albums ... so far.