It’s always extra exciting for me when a country legend announces that new music is on the way! As a huge fan of traditional country music, which has of course influenced so many of the more contemporary country artists, I can’t wait to hear the upcoming Reba McEntire album ” Stronger Than The Truth” which sees its release via Big Machine Records on April 5th, nearly a year since she spoke of this new project during a red carpet interview at the 2018 ACM awards.
Recorded in Nashville, Reba took a very much hands on approach on this, her 29th studio album, co-producing the project alongside Buddy Cannon and co-writing two of the tracks, including the fun western – swing dancehall number ” No U In Oklahoma” which is available to download immediately on pre-order. Looks like she had a lot of fun in the studio recording this one if this video is anything to go by!
To further whet our appetite there’s been a new track made available on all streaming services each Friday since, my personal favourite to date being another heart wrenching ballad “Tammy Wynette Kind Of Pain” , a song co-written by Brandy Clark, Mark Narmore and Shelly Skidmore which cleverly incorporates many of Tammy’s best known song titles into the lyrics . I love how it starts with stripped back piano accompaniment, highlighting the vulnerability and hurt in Reba’s ever beautiful voice, and builds both instrumentally ( just listen to that steel!) and vocally as the track progresses.
A multi award winner herself, of course, Reba celebrate her album release two days later at the 2019 ACM awards in Las Vegas where she returns as host. She has announced a string of tour dates across the States including six in Vegas alongside Brooks and Dunn, all details and album pre-order bundles can be found at reba.com
I’m sure I’m not the only UK fan hoping this country icon makes a trip to visit us in the near future too|!
Stronger Than the Truth Track Listing:
1. Swing All Night Long With You | Written by Sidney Cox, Jon Randall
2. Stronger Than The Truth | Written by Hannah Louise Blaylock, Autumn McEntire
3. Storm In A Shot Glass | Written by Mary Browder, Will Robinson, Leslie Satcher
4. Tammy Wynette Kind Of Pain | Written by Brandy Clark, Mark Narmore, Shelley Skidmore
5. Cactus In A Coffee Can | Written by Steve Seskin, Allen Shamblin
6. Your Heart | Written by Kellys Collins
7. The Clown | Written by Dallas Davidson, Hillary Lindsey, James Slater
8. No U In Oklahoma | Written by Reba McEntire, Ronnie Dunn, Donna McSpadden
9. The Bar’s Getting Lower | Written by Kellys Collins, Erin Enderlin, Liz Hengber, Alex Kline
10. In His Mind | Written by Reba McEntire, Liz Hengber, Tommy Lee James
11. Freedom | Written by Jay Brunswick, Tommy Cecil, Jaida Dreyer, John Pierce
12. You Never Gave Up On Me | Written by Billy Aerts, Burton Collins
Article written by Lesley Hastings (twitter.com/lesleyhastings)