The best country and Americana albums released in 2019 represent a nice cross-section of respected veterans, fresh mainstream faces and artists who'd rather be cool than popular.

Established stars Reba McEntire, Miranda Lambert and Tanya Tucker were in rare form as their careers enter a new decade. Meanwhile, artists behind the best breakthrough albums in recent years -- Midland, Maren Morris, Jon Pardi and Luke Combs -- proved their early career success wasn't a fluke. And just as importantly, artists such as Tyler Childers and Kalie Shorr kept pace with the pack while playing by their own rules.

Fortunately for fans, 2019 brought way more than 10 fantastic new albums. Beyond this list, Sturgill Simpson went full-on rock star and Randy Houser released one of the most underrated albums of the year, just to name two. In short, we missed a few, but that doesn't demean the quality of these 10 year-defining albums.

Read on to discover The Boot's Top 10 country and Americana albums of 2019, then let us know you're favorite albums of the year in the comments.