Track listing (including songwriters) below!
Country Music Hall of Fame legend Ronnie Milsap follows up his all-star Duets, featuring Kacey Musgraves, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Billy Gibbons, Luke Bryan and George Strait with A Better Word for Love - to be released 4/30.
Teaming with longtime co-producer Rob Galbraith, the pair sought to celebrate the genre-blurring kind of country that Milsap defines.
In fact, the title track has been recorded by other artists - even recorded on supergroup Alabama's album Cheap Seats - but Milsap's held on to the rich song for some time himself.
Mike Reid (“Stranger In My House,” “I Can’t Make You Love Me”), Gary Nicholson (“One More Last Chance,” “The Trouble With The Truth”), Al Anderson (“All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down,” “The Cowboy In Me”), Jim Weatherly (“Midnight Train To Georgia,” “Best Thing To Ever Happen To Me”), Brent Maher (“Why Not Me,” “Lesson In Leavin’”), Allen Shamblin (“Life’s A Dance”, "Don't Laugh at Me"), and David Ball are among the renowned writers featured.
“I have been blessed to work with some of the very best songwriters in the world,” Milsap reflects. “Over the years, they’ve kept bringing me unbelievable songs, and in some cases, they’ve let me hang onto them because I loved them so much. When Rob and I started this project a few years ago, we decided some of those songs were so special… We wanted to build this album around them, so they wouldn’t be treasures only Joycee and I could hear.
“We got to go back to Ronnie’s Place, the studio I built all those years ago, just dig in and cut them – and some songs that have the same kind of heart, the soul and that joy that I’ve always loved. You know, even a sad song when you do it sad enough’ll make you feel better.”
Along the way, Milsap received a special package from Carl Perkins’s widow. “Big Bertha” was the last song the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer had written. She’d sent it to Milsap thinking he’d do it right. Not only did the Academy of Country Music Pioneer Award winner bring his signature slow burning blues to the song, he enlisted Vince Gill for the quick-hitting, fiddle-punctuated country portion of the ode to more than a woman, but a driver. And they hit it out of the (golf) park.
“Singing a song about a golf club without Vince Gill just didn’t feel right,” Milsap laughs. “And he was able to bring that thing he does like nobody else to Carl’s song.”
To further honor these songs, Milsap enlisted some of Nashville’s finest to play: guitarists Brent Mason, Steve Gibson, Mark Casstevens, and Chris Leuzinger, bass player Michael Rhodes, drummer Lonnie Wilson, double steel players Mike Johnson and Paul Franklin, and Milsap’s longtime musical director Jamie Brantley.
As a further homage to his longtime musical compatriots, Milsap includes “Civil War,” recorded live at Atlanta’s Chastain Park in 1993. Capturing his longtime touring band in their prime, the Cindy Richardson/Carol Chase song weaves Southern gospel into a song of marital dissolution – and demonstrates the vocal dynamics, keyboard stylings and drama onstage.
"The state of our union is one of confusion" he sings in his trademark tremble.
A Better Word for Love Track Listing:
“Big Bertha” featuring Vince Gill -Randy Moore, Carl Perkins, DJ Perkins
“Wild Honey” – Jim Weatherly, Nigel Wright
“A Better Word for Love” – Al Anderson, Gary Nicholson
“Almost Mine” – David Ball, Randy Goodrum
“Fool” – Thomas Cain
“This Side of Heaven” – Brent Maher, Allen Shamblin, Mike Reid
“Civil War (Live),” recorded at Atlanta’s Chastain Park in 1993 – Cindy Richardson, Carol Chase
“Fireworks” – Steve Dean, Don Gatlin, Mike Ulvila
“Now” – Thomas Cain, Tim Nichols
“Too Bad for My Own Good” – Joe H. Hunter, Jim Whitehead, Jim Weatherly
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