New album features classic country standards, plus a highly anticipated trio with sisters Loretta Lynn, and Peggy Sue Wright
Pre-sale & first single "Ribbon of Darkness" available Aug. 9
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Grammy® award winning country music singer and Grand Ole Opry member Crystal Gayle is delighted to announce the release of her first new album in nearly 16 years, You Don’t Know Me. Available everywhere September 6, with a pre-sale beginning August 9.
Co-produced, recorded and mixed by Crystal's son Christos Gatzimos, You Don’t Know Me is a collection that finds the acclaimed stylist exploring the songs of such country legends as George Jones, Patsy Cline, Buck Owens and Eddy Arnold. The album might come as a surprise to those who associate Crystal with an uptown sound that made her a star on both country and adult-contemporary pop charts. But she has known this repertoire of hardcore country standards all her life.
“This wasn’t a stretch at all,” says Crystal. “This project is a labor of love that my son, Christos, and I produced together. It is filled with country classics that I grew up singing. They are very much a part of my history and I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time. I feel very lucky to have known and worked with many of the artists who had the original hits.”
Each of the selections was chosen because it played a role in her musical development. Two of them point to the importance that her family had in bringing her to fame.
The album’s opening track is “Ribbon Of Darkness,” a song originally written by Gordon Lightfoot. Originally released in 1965 as a single by Marty Robbins, it became his eleventh #1 hit. The song holds a special place in Crystal’s heart because it was the first song she performed at her Grand Ole Opry debut.
"This was the first song I ever sang on the Grand Ole Opry. I was 16," said Gayle. "Loretta was sick. Mooney [Lynn] did something; I don’t know what. But they let me sing in her place. In my early years in Nashville, when I was on Decca, I opened for Marty Robbins. So I’ve heard him sing this many times. Connie Smith also had a hit with it. So the night I was inducted into the Opry cast in 2017, I asked Connie if it was okay with her that I sing “Ribbon of Darkness."'
Another popular classic country hit on the album is “Crying Time,” a song originally written and recorded by Bakersfield sound pioneer Buck Owens. The song was also recorded by Ray Charles, who won two Grammy Awards in 1967 for his version.
"I do a medley of Buck Owens songs in my shows," says Crystal. "When I was a kid, he worked Buck Lake Ranch in Indiana. I would go whenever he was playing there, and he’d let me sing on his show. When I was 16, he wanted me to become a regular on his TV show. He asked me, but it didn’t work out."
The album's closing track is “Put It Off Until Tomorrow” which brings Crystal together with her sisters Peggy Sue Wright and legendary country music icon Loretta Lynn for a highly anticipated first-ever recorded trio of them together. The song also just happens to be co-written by another country music legend, Dolly Parton.
"Loretta and Peggy made this album very special by singing "Put It Off Until Tomorrow" with me. It is a song that we have performed together throughout the years. This is the one and only trio performance on record. We’ve done the Boston Pops together. We performed together in Lake Tahoe and Reno and a few things like that. But we’ve never actually made a record together. Peggy Sue still comes out on the road with me, singing backup harmonies. I recorded the track, then Patsy, Loretta’s daughter, asked her to sing on my album. Loretta is such an incredible singer. She got through the song right away and then went, “What’s next?” We should have recorded the whole album together! Loretta had her stroke not long after we recorded this."
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The Highwomen is an all-female fo(u)rtress of songstresses delivering classic-esque country sounds via their own special style (and as it so happens in their quirky character-filled just-premiered video for single "Redesigning Women" that hard-hitting unconventional style features the not-quite prima-donnas donning some mighty fine hard-hitting firefighting hats as they "design" and put out old flames). The cutting-up and carrying-on group is comprised of Amanda Shires, Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, and Natalie Hemby - and if this morning's YouTube video premiere (complete with countdown clock) is any indication no one can hold a torch to the fired-up foursome. Take a look at those live numbers in the screen capture above. As of this writing in the less than one hour since its debut those numbers have traveled to over 4,000. Oh, and speaking of numbers? It features a special guest or two. --Melissa Coker
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Feeling hot, sticky, sweet? Lewis Brice has partnered with Waffle House® Restaurants and TouchTunes to slather, smother and cover "Summertime Vibes" across the U.S. A little bit Alan Jackson, a little bit Uncle Kracker (but still a bit in between); the song is now available to play on TouchTunes jukeboxes in more than 1,900 Waffle House locations nationwide.
In fact, as further proof it's hip to be square - fans can post a picture of themselves playing "Summertime Vibes" on a Waffle House jukebox to Instagram with #WHvibes or #LewisWH to enter for a chance to win an exclusive Waffle House prize. Now THAT's keeping things on the sunny side (up). The contest will run through August. Lewis's previous singles "Blessed" and "Messing With My Mind" have also been added to TouchTunes jukeboxes in all Waffle House locations.
Lewis will be hitting the road this summer with a full tour schedule including select dates with his brother, Lee Brice where he will be playing his new single as well as fan-favorite hits that have amassed the singer with more than 7 million streams across all streaming platforms.
"This song was co-written with my buddies Nick Norman and Ben Simonetti. I got the idea from when I was a kid and was always told 'When it’s cold outside, think warm thoughts.' This song was written in the winter and we were thinking about summer," said Lewis.
The new music video for “Summertime Vibes” will debut in mid-July. For more information and the latest news on Lewis, follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and go to LewisBrice.com.
LEWIS BRICE ON TOUR
July 12 Five Star Dive Bar - Elkhart, In.
July 13 Blarney Island - Antioch, Ill.
July 20 South Shore Music Circus - Cohasset, Mass. *
July 21 Bold Point Pavilion - East Providence, R.I.*
Aug. 23-24 Pigeon Forge, TN
Nov. 15-21 Carolina Country Music Cruise - Charleston, S.C.
*Tour date with Lee Brice
ABOUT LEWIS BRICE:
Lewis’s debut self-titled EP, produced by himself and his brother Lee Brice, was released on July 14th, 2017, landing at No. 11 on the US iTunes Country chart. Since, Lewis has been named one of Rolling Stone Country’s “New Country Artists You Need to Know” and Billboard’s “Country Artists to Watch in 2018”. Tracks from the EP were featured on SiriusXM The Highway, CMT Music, and Spotify’s New Boots & Wild Country playlists, and its lead single 'Best Ex Ever' reached the Top 40 of MusicRow’s Country Breakout radio chart. The next chapter of Lewis’s music was unveiled in November 2018 as the first single from his forthcoming second collection of songs, titled ‘Blessed’, was introduced to the world by a special Thanksgiving acoustic performance with his brother Lee. Rumor is 2019 will be his best year yet.
Brett Eldredge Helps Freedom Sing - CMT to Broadcast Brett's Entire Downtown Nashville Performance (AND Will Re-Air It)
CMT's “Red, White and Blue Week” continues with the exclusive 90-minute special, CMT Let Freedom Sing! on Thursday, July 4 at 10 pm ET/9 pm CT. Fans are treated to a front row seat to one of the biggest Independence Day celebrations in the country, and a concert by hit-maker Brett Eldredge. Eldredge, who recently celebrated his seventh #1 single, kicks off the live event with a one-hour musical set, which is followed by a half-hour, commercial free presentation of the NCVC’s Fourth of July fireworks presentation. The entire 90-minute program will encore immediately following the premiere telecast.
“Let Freedom Sing!”is produced by the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp for the city of Nashville. This is the 15th annual celebration produced by the NCVC and the 35th in the city. For more information on this fireworks spectacular, visit https://www.visitmusiccity.com/media/press-release/2019/july4th-funfacts.
****With plenty of clips as well as the all-out full celebratory special available (subject to certain TV provider terms) to watch on CMT.com and on TV re-air dates throughout the weekend; CLICK HERE FOR SPECIFICS.
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