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Tracy Lawrence Drops New Album ‘Made In America’

Tracy Lawrence Drops Patriotic New Album ‘Made In America’

Tracy Lawrence is back with a whole collection of original music!

Country icon Tracy Lawrence has released a new original album, his first in six years. Made In America is a collection of songs that lean on Lawrence’s signature country, rock and blue production, and pays homage to the hardworking men and women that make up the fabric of this country.

It is noteworthy too that on this album, the country singer co-penned 8 of the 12 songs. “This is my most personal album I’ve ever made. It’s something I’m very proud of and celebrates the American worker and everything that’s good about our country,” says Lawrence. He continues,  “I co-wrote a number of the songs, pouring my heart and soul in each of them. I feel it will resonate with my fans and country music lovers across this nation.”

Over the last 25 years, the 51-year-old has firmly rooted himself as a staple in the genre, Made In America is further proof of that, with both traditional-leaning and contemporary country fans, on songs like the title track or the powerful “When The Cowboy’s Gone.”

Lawrence is currently on the road on his Made In America Tour through the US. Come January 2020, he will join fellow Arkansas native, Justin Moore, as a co-headliner on his Late Nights and Longnecks Tour.

Track Listing:
Made In America (Tracy Lawrence, Rick Huckaby, Paul Nelson)
Forgive Yourself (Tracy Lawrence, Rick Huckaby)
Running Out of People To Blame (Tracy Lawrence, Carson Chamberlain, Mark Nesler)
When The Cowboy’s Gone (Tracy Lawrence, Carson Chamerlain, Wyatt McCubbin)
Nothin’ Burns Like You (Tracy Lawrence, Carson Chamberlain, Mark Nesler)
First Step To Leaving (Tracy Lawrence, Rick Huckaby, Mark Nesler)
It Ain’t You (Tracy Lawrence, Rick Huckaby, Paul Nelson)
Givin’ Momma Reasons To Pray (Shawn Camp, Chris Stapleton)
Work On My Willie (Tracy Lawrence, Rick Huckaby, Flip Anderson)
Chicken Wire (Rick Huckaby, Monty Criswell)
Just The South Coming Out (Rick Huckaby, Wade Kirby)
Stay Back A Hundred Feet (Rick Huckaby, Money Criswell)

Vince Gill’s 2019 Album ‘Okie’ Lifetime 

Vince Gill The Cover Story

Vince Gill’s New Album Okie Was a Lifetime In The Making

In literal terms, the recording of Gill’s new album wasn’t a long protracted process, but in terms of emotional depth and poignancy, Gill admits this isn’t an album he could have delivered earlier in his career.

“Jody Williams, who runs BMI, is one of my oldest friends. I sent him the record after we got done,” Gill tells Sounds Like Nashville. “He said, ‘You couldn’t have made this record 20 years ago. This is a record of your life experience,’ and it’s true. It takes a while to figure things out and not be judgmental, and be vulnerable to tell the truth.”

Releasing Aug. 23rd, Gill’s new album is a powerful collection of songs about life, love, regret and faith that touches on topics as unsettling as abuse and as celebratory as his love for his mother and his appreciation for Merle Haggard. “All these songs have my life in them, and a lot of truth in them too,” he shares. “In talking about this album, I didn’t realize how emotional it would be, but it really is. It’s excruciating sometimes. It’s hard to be vulnerable, so it’s been interesting seeing me try to talk about it because it is a lifetime and not just a three-minute snippet of a cute song that’s trying to get you to tune in on the radio.”

The Oklahoma native has reached a point in his career where he has nothing to prove. Known for such beloved hits as “Go Rest High on that Mountain,” “When I Call Your Name” and “I Still Believe in You,” Gill has enjoyed a level of success few artists ever attain. He’s won 21 Grammy Awards and 18 CMA Awards, eight ACM Awards and numerous other accolades, including a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He’s a member of the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame and he’s touring with the Eagles, lending his distinctive voice and legendary guitar skills to the iconic rock band. (They are scheduled to play their landmark Hotel California album in its entirety at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sept. 27, Sept. 28 and Oct. 5. The shows will also include an additional set of their greatest hits.)

“My hope is to continue to get better at playing, singing and writing and I think I have,” he says. “If you listen to my first record in 1974 and watch the years past and the records unfold, the songs get better. I sing better and I play better, and that’s what I’m trying to do. It’s not about reinventing the wheel, thinking you are going to be Michael Jackson and sell the most records in the whole wide world. It’s about just putting one song in front of the next. I love making music.”

Co-produced with Justin Niebank, Gill recorded this new MCA album barefoot in his home studio, and from the start, he knew how he wanted it to sound. “I like Willie Nelson’s ‘Red Headed Stranger’ album a lot,” he says. “I don’t think this record sounds anything like it. It’s not a concept record or anything like that, but what was so great about Willie’s record is the space, the simpleness of that record, and that’s what I was trying to do. I had this neat collection of songs and I didn’t want the music to get in the way. I didn’t want a bunch of big harmonies or solos to get in the way or electric guitar, so I didn’t even play electric guitar on this record. It’s a record of songs and I wanted to be willing to bare my soul. It’s just where I am today.”

One of the most personal songs is the tender “When My Amy Prays,” inspired by his wife Amy Grant’s faith. “That’s a song that tells the truth,” he says. “Everybody assumes that I’m married to Amy and I’m a church boy and I grew up that way. I’m not and I didn’t. I’m trying to be honest and vulnerable enough to say that she’s that and I’m not.”

Another poignant song Gill serves up on the new project is “A Letter to My Mama.” His friend Dawn Sears, acclaimed singer and member of the Time Jumpers who passed away from cancer in 2014, encouraged him to record it. “I wrote that with Dean Dillon about 18 or 19 years ago and I had never recorded it,” Gill says. “I always loved the song and Dawn heard me sing that song somewhere, soundcheck or at a gig and she said, ‘Why haven’t you recorded that song for your mom?’ And I go, ‘I don’t know. I haven’t found the right record.’ And she goes, ‘Well promise me you’ll record that song for your mom.’ I made her that promise, so I got to fulfill that promise to my old friend Dawn. My mom is 93. I’m glad my mom got to hear it before she’s gone. That means a lot to me now.”

Gill admits there’s a lot of songs he think people will easily relate to and some he thinks might make people uncomfortable. “I think probably the toughest song is ‘Forever Changed,’” he admits. “You are talking about abuse and that’s pretty rough.”

So which song on the new project is the most autobiographical? “‘The Price of Regret’ is me,” Gill says. “Everybody—if they told the truth— would tell you they live with some regret. I wouldn’t do anything over, but I still have regrets about things in my life. I learned some things from them, but it also would have been nice to not have made some mistakes. I don’t have any judgment on race. I don’t have any judgment on rich or poor, Democrat or Republican. If you haven’t made a mistake or two, you haven’t learned anything. Everyone knows the price of regret. I love the line in the last verse ‘Everyone’s broken. Everyone’s scarred. All the stuff we thought we needed winds up in the yard.’”

Vince Gill; Artwork courtesy of Universal Music Group Nashville

Gill admits writing songs helps him process emotions and says they can be great conversation starters. “It’s best to have the conversation about race, about abuse, about everything, even about something positive like how much you love somebody,” he shares. “You’ve got to let them know. Communication, I’m not great at it in my real life, but I can talk things out and find my way through songs to kind of grieve and talk and tell stories. I just like telling stories. What I like about most of these songs is they have a little bit of hope in them.”

Gill is planning to share new music when he tours this fall, and he’s hoping people will hear the new album and like it. When asked if it’s being promoted to country radio, he laughs and says, “You are asking the wrong guy. I’ve been thrown out the door by country radio years ago. I’m going to keep trying and [am] hopeful something will show up that they like, but no expectations. . . The label is doing these lyric videos with three or four of the songs so far. I’m not all that up on how things really work these days with the technology and the way people find stuff. I’m a little lost, just trying to find a home.”

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Known as one of the nicest guys in Nashville (or any other city) Gill prefers communicating directly with people and readily admits technology isn’t his thing. “I’ve never sent a text. I’ve never posted a Facebook point of view or any of that stuff,” he says. “As a performer, it’s the most disheartening thing when you look out there and are singing your guts out and playing your heart out, and people paid to come see you and all they do is text on their phone and look at their phone. They are disengaged. It just kind of breaks your heart when you are out there trying to do something for folks.”

Though he always hopes his songs resonate with listeners, Gill’s reason for creating music is more personal. “I love making music, even if it’s just for me,” he says. “I’ve never done this for anyone other than for me first. That sounds selfish, but it’s the truth. I couldn’t imagine not being creative and the results have never made me waver in any way, shape or form, whether it’s been a struggle and nobody heard the records or everybody bought the records and they were the biggest hits in the world. That never moved the needle either way for me. I just kept trying.”

Kristin Chenoweth Enlists Dolly & Reba ‘For The Girls’

Kristin Chenoweth Enlists Dolly Parton, Reba For New Album

This one’s for the girls…‘For The Girls’

Kristin Chenoweth will pay homage to her biggest influences on her upcoming studio album, For the Girls. Announced Monday (8/8), the record will feature 12 reimagined versions of classics made famous by Barbra Streisand (“The Way We Were”), Dinah Washington (“What a Diff’rence A Day Made”), Doris Day (“When I Fall In Love”), Patsy Cline (“Crazy”), Judy Garland (“The Man That Got Away”), Carole King (“Will You Love Me Tomorrow”) and Linda Ronstadt (“Desperado”).

“I really wanted to pay homage to all the women singers who have influenced me over the years,” Chenoweth said in a press release about the record. “I wanted to make something that men could also enjoy, but this is by the girls and for the girls. These songs have all stood the test of time, and most of them are songs that I grew up listening to. It was a little intimidating, because people like Judy, Barbra and Dolly are the people who made me want to be a singer in the first place. I wanted to pay homage to these women and do them proud, but I also wanted to put my own stamp on it. And I think I was able to do that.”

Several collaborations will appear on the record, with Ariana Grande, Dolly Parton, Jennifer Hudson and Reba McEntire lending their voices to different songs. To give a taste of what to expect, Chenoweth debuted her collaboration of “I Will Always Love You,” featuring Parton.

“‘I Will Always Love You’ is a song I’ve loved since I was a child. I used to think, ‘One day I’m going to sing that song.’ Little did I know that I’d get to sing it with the queen herself,” she explained to ETonline.

Fans will be able to get their hands on the legendary album when it releases on September 27.

For the Girls track listing:
“The Way We Were”
“You Don’t Own Me” with Ariana Grande
“It Doesn’t Matter Anymore”
“I Will Always Love You” with Dolly Parton
“What a Diff’rence a Day Makes”
“When I Fall In Love”
“Crazy”
“The Man That Got Away”
“I’m A Woman” with Jennifer Hudson & Reba McEntire
“Will You Love Me Tomorrow”
“I Wanna Be Around”
“Desperado”

Dierks Bentley Adopts Puppy Live On Today Show

Dierks Bentley Adopts Puppy While Live On Today Show

Sometimes it’s best to let fate take control. That’s what Dierks Bentley did when he found himself with an adoptable puppy in his arms during an appearance on the TODAY Show. In support of Dogust, the universal birthday for shelter dogs, the show had several animals looking for homes on set. During the third hour of TODAY, Bentley was invited to hold one of the pops while letting viewers see the sweet faces available for adoption. But those at home didn’t have a second to pick Goose as the Bentley family was eagerly texting the country superstar to bring home the four-legged friend.

“I’ve been texting back-and-forth with my wife and kids,” he later told hosts Jenna Bush Hager and Willie Geist, while the dog’s adoption paperwork was being taken care of. “They really want a third dog. My wife for her birthday said, ‘All I want is a third dog.’” Initially resistant because they already have two adopted dogs, Bentley gave in. “I feel a connection,” he shared. “I feel it’s meant to be.” He also explained the deeper connection being that he calls his daughter Goose. Bentley’s three kids, as well as his wife Cassidy, are eager to meet their new family member. “They’re going crazy,” he said with a chuckle. “They’re going to fly to Jones Beach tomorrow. They’re all going to come to Jones Beach tomorrow — just to see the dog. They don’t care about Dad.” Goose will likely be Bentley’s new road buddy during the remaining dates of his wildly-successful Burning Man Tour. Dates for the trek run through September.

Watch The Trailer For Lifetime Biopic ‘Patsy & Loretta’

Watch The First Trailer For The Lifetime Biopic, ‘Patsy & Loretta’

The true untold story of two of country music’s most iconic women will soon debut on Lifetime. The biopic, dubbed Patsy & Loretta, will follow the two country legends as they make their way into the music industry and become the well-known pioneers they’re known as today.

On Tuesday (7/24), the first trailer for the film debuted showcasing stars Megan Hilty as Cline and Jessie Mueller as Lynn. The two-and-a-half minute feature’s their first meeting as with the Lynn visits Clint in the hospital after an near-fatal car crash in 1961.

The two bond after Lynn asks if Cline was “angry” she had sang one of her songs on stage. “Not at all,” responds Cline. “I thought it was real sweet.” The two maintained a close friendship afterwards, never viewing one another as competition and championing the other on during their careers, and eventually touring together. But their close friendship came to a brisk end after Cline tragically died in a plane crash at the age of 30 in 1963.

Patsy & Loretta was shot in Nashville, TN and was directed by Nashville creator Callie Khouri. Cline’s daughter, Julie Fudge, and Lynn’s daughter, Patsy Lynn Russell, served as co-producers on the project. The film will debut in fall 2019.

Midland Frontman Mark & Ty Haney Expecting Baby

Midland Frontman Mark Wystrach & Ty Haney Expecting Baby

Recently engaged couple Mark Wystrach (Midland frontman) and Ty Haney (Outdoor Voices CEO and Founder) have announced that they are expecting their first child. And, their baby girl is set to arrive this November. Haney announced the news on Instagram this morning with the caption, “Baby on board or too many donuts? 🔮 Lil cowgirl on the way”

In an additional statement, Ty shared her excitement and said, “I am beyond thrilled to be welcoming a girl, particularly since there are more strong women breaking barriers today than ever before.” The parents-to-be announced their engagement in May with sweet posts to Instagram. Wystrach spontaneously dropped to one knee during a trip to Haney’s father’s farm. “It kind of was unplanned and just unfolded naturally when we were barefooted and on a walk with our little puppies,” he shared with PEOPLE at the time. “It was right after a big thunderstorm, and the sun just popped [up] out of nowhere, and I knew it was a sign.”

The two first met on Instagram after Haney “slid into the DMs” and asked the Midland frontman to hang out.

The fall is gearing up to be a busy time for the country crooner as he and his bandmates prepare to hit the road for their Let It Roll Tour, in support of their upcoming album of the same name, set for release on August 23.

Garth And Blake Serve Up this Summer’s Big Anthem

Garth And Blake Serve Up this Summer’s Big Anthem

Good times definitely on tap for this summer’s ‘Dive Bar’ Duet

Garth Brooks and Blake Shelton have released their much-anticipated duet, “Dive Bar,” to country radio, showcasing the party-animal lurking within each of the country icons. Co-written by Brooks with Mitch Rossell and Bryan Kennedy, the good-timing summer anthem is said to live within the same thematic universe as Brooks’ drinks-in-the-air classics “Friends in Low Places” and “Two Pina Coladas.” And in a preview posted to Brooks’ Instagram, fans can get a taste what “Dive Bar” is serving up.

“Gonna spend the weekend in the deep end / The water’s fine ya’ll so just come on in / To the deep end of the dive bar,” the superstar duo sing in the song’s chorus. Speaking in a wide-ranging interview with Billboard, Brooks explains that he chose Shelton for the duet after The Voice coach delivered his current single “God’s Country”on the 2019 ACM Awards, and that he was surprised with how “Dive Bar” turned out. Specifically, Brooks says fans might notice that Shelton’s voice sounds strangely familiar.

“My biggest shock in all of this is I think I know my voice and I think I know his,” the Country Music Hall of Famer says. “But there were several times I looked over at Matt, the engineer, when we were mixing it going, ‘Is that him or me?’ The track is playing now on radio stations across the country, and will be available for streaming and purchase exclusively through Amazon Music as part of Amazon Prime Day.

Chesney and Sheeran Co-Write ‘Tip Of My Tongue’

Kenny Chesney Teases Ed Sheeran Co-Write ‘Tip Of My Tongue’

Country icon Kenny Chesney is promising fans a change of pace with his next single

“Tip of My Tongue,” a track co-written with pop superstar Ed Sheeran and set for release on July 12

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Described as his “first real” single from his “first real” album on his new label home — a partnership his Blue Chair Records and Warner Bros. Nashville — “Tip of My Tongue” is said to be a kind of counterpoint to Chesney’s last project, the deep thinking Songs for the Saints. While he hasn’t unveiled any of the new music just yet, Chesney has offered up his thoughts on the track, which features a sweeping groove and an “almost-humid” melody, all about romantic desire so strong you can almost taste it.

“It’s funny how a figure of speech can lead you to all kinds of places,” Chesney says in an official statement. “You start talking, and words fall out, and anything can happen. When you go in and write on any given day, the chemistry is what it is. When the idea fell out, we all just laughed and went, ‘Well, what can we do with that?’”

It was Chesney’s first writing session with Sheeran (“Shape of You,” “Galway Girl”), who joined in alongside Nashville hit maker Ross Copperman, and Chesney says that unfamiliar dynamic helped make this song particularly special. After it was written, Chesney co-produced the track with longtime collaborator Buddy Cannon, giving that unmistakable Chesney sound an update. “I’ve written so much with Ross, that’s always easy,” Chesney explains. “He brought Ed in, and he is such a great writer. … The way creativity works in creative people is so different, but it’s always exciting. As a co-write with a new writer, it’s one of the most fun sessions I’ve done in a long time. I get why people love working with him.

“With all the great songs that have been written in this town, I think you always want to do something a little different,” Chesney goes on. “I think there’s this moment when you look at someone and you know they contain everything. You want to know everything, consume everything about them. It’s why we say ‘It’s a long way down,’ because you want to know it all. And the best part: We got a melody that feels like what’s going on lyrically. The music matches the words, and you can just drift in it.”

“Tip of My Tongue” comes out July 12 at 5 a.m. CDT. Chesney finished up his 2019 Songs for the Saints Tour in May.

Willie Nelson’s New Cd ‘Ride Me Back Home’

Willie Nelson’s New Cd Ride Me Back Home

It’s hard to believe this is Nelson’s 69th studio album

Willie Nelson; Cover art courtesy of Legacy RecordingsThough Willie Nelson is a country icon – one who’s career has spanned more than 60 years and has inspired countless artists – he’s long been anchored by a gentle spirit that makes him a powerful leader in the genre, a rare combination that emanates throughout his 69th studio album Ride Me Back Home. He sets this tone with the title track, an empathetic tribute to his beloved horses. Songwriters Sonny Throckmorton, Debby Throckmorton, Joe Manual and Lucinda Hinton channel Nelson’s pure heart that saved 70 horses from slaughter into the thoughtful ode. Nelson exudes a sense of selflessness as he sings of his desire to create a place of solitude for these animals. “Ride me back home to a much better place, blue skies and sunshine and plenty of space, somewhere where they would just leave you alone, somewhere that you could call home, and you would just ride me back home,” he sings over a soothing, classic country-meets-western melody of piano, steel guitar and harmonica.

Alongside his worthy originals, Ride Me Back Home finds the country legend delivering a series of engaging covers, such as the compelling “My Favorite Picture of You” by the late Guy Clark. The waning piano ballad is one of many that demonstrates Clark’s masterful songwriting, transporting the listener directly into the words that find a man recalling the memories of his ex as he explores old photographs, Clark’s writing so descriptive and poetic that it makes the listener feel like they’re the photographer capturing these moments. “A thousand words in the blink of an eye, the camera loves you and so do I,” Nelson sings, honoring Clark’s words and the emotion behind them.

He again fulfills the poignancy in Clark’s songwriting on “Immigrant Eyes” which offers compassion to the millions of people who sought refuge as they entered Ellis Island, their stories reflected in an elderly man who lived through such a harrowing experience that Nelson brings to life as he sings, “sometimes when I look in my grandfather’s immigrant eyes, I saw that day reflected and couldn’t hold my feelings inside, I saw started with nothing and working hard all of his life, so don’t take it for granted, said grandfather’s immigrant eyes.”

Nelson beautifully balances sympathy with humor, like when he follows the loving “Ride Me Back Home” with “Come on Time,” the 86-year-old playfully exploring his relationship with Father Time, but still finding peace in the passing years. “Time, you’re not fooling me, you’re something I can’t kill…you sure have put me in my place…come on time, it looks like you’re winning the race,” he sings over a quick-paced traditional country melody. He’s a natural at conveying his sense of humor on a cover of Mac Davis’ “It’s Hard to be Humble,” featuring his sons Lukas and Micah Nelson, about a man who’s obsessed with himself, and when he shares he “had a seven year itch, scratched it out in three” on the bluesy “Seven Year Itch,” alongside a warm rendition of Billy Joel’s acceptance-themed hit, “Just the Way You Are.”

What makes the album particularly special is that it trades filler tracks for lyrical gems, each line dripping with imagery. One of the most striking examples of this is in “Stay Away From Lonely Places,” a re-imagination of the deep cut on Nelson’s 1972 album The Words Don’t Fit the Picture. He turns the song from a classic country song with crying steel guitar into a piano number fit for a jazz bar, Nelson’s calming voice still exuding the pain and heartache of a man who must keep isolation at bay in order to keep his heart from breaking any further. It’s here that Nelson exemplifies his lyrical genius, particularly in the words “remember, sorrow prospers in a heart that never smiles” while creating the visual of someone’s outstretched arms waiting to comfort this lonely soul.

If there’s one element Nelson has embraced consistently in his enduring career is the role of a wise storyteller, which he demonstrates on the Skip Denenberg and Dan “Bee” Spears-penned “Nobody’s Listening.” He builds a narrative around society’s lack of awareness, whether it’s a man in need after losing his job and home, or people neglecting the warnings of a devastating storm. It’s in this message that Nelson embodies the truthful soothsayer as he recognizes, “in these days of change and mass communication, seems like no one’s plugged into the sounds of desperation,” and makes a truly personal statement with, “and the singer sings his song, and he tries to impart all the troubles going on weighing heavy on his heart, what good is a song that he has to sing when nobody’s listening, but I know why he has to try to sing, cause he believes that somebody’s listening.” It’s in this last line where Nelson demonstrates his own awareness, as he’s long served as a beacon of trust and guidance to the fans who’ve been heeding his words for decades, along with his insightfulness and unwavering integrity. This is all reflected in Ride Me Back Home, which continues his legacy as an institution not only in music, but the world he so vastly contributes to.

10 Songs You Should Be Listening To Now

10 Songs You Should Be Listening To Right Now June 2019

At Sounds Like Nashville, we pride ourselves on bringing our readers updates about the latest and greatest songs coming out of Music City. Whether it’s a new single from the biggest superstar or the debut track from a new artist, we hope to bring fans a wide range of what’s hot in country music. At the top of each month, our staff selects their personal favorite new songs and updates SLN’s ongoing 10 Songs You Should Be Listening To playlist. This month, Sounds Like Nashville has a variety of songs from a few of country’s most iconic voices and several from the genre’s brightest rising stars. On the traditional side, Vince Gill and Randy Travis land on the list with their latest, while stepping outside of genre lines is Diplo, who enlisted Cam for his techy-track “So Long.”

Lady Antebellum – “What If I Never Get Over You”

Walker Hayes – “Don’t Let Her”

Keith Urban – “We Were”

Hayley Orrantia – “If I Don’t”

Vince Gill – “A Letter To My Mama”

Old Dominion – “Some People Do”

Baylee Littrell – “Boxes”

Luke Combs – “Beer Never Broke My Heart”

Diplo – “So Long” feat. Cam

Randy Travis – “One In A Row”

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