Briefs: Details on new albums from George Strait, Trace Adkins and Lady Antebellum
Plus, the Mavericks make a cameo in an upcoming ABC drama series
• George Strait will release his 40th studio album, “Love Is Everything,” on May 14. He teamed with longtime collaborator Tony Brown to co-produce the set, which features 13 new tracks including his current hit single “Give It All We Got Tonight.” If that song makes it to the top of the charts—as it is expected to do—it will be Strait’s 60th No. 1 single.
The new album includes four songs written or co-written by Strait, who once again worked with his two songwriting collaborators, son Bubba Strait and legendary songwriter Dean Dillon.
Strait is currently in the midst of his two-year final U.S. tour, The Cowboy Rides Away Tour, which has so far sold out all 16 of the venues played.
• Trace Adkins’ 11th studio album, “Love Will . . . ” is set for a May 14 release, and will feature some surprising collaborations for the singer and current “The Celebrity Apprentice” contestant. Adkins’ guests on the album are two-time Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter, Colbie Caillat, the Harlem Gospel Choir and veteran country band Exile.
“Regardless of genre, I’m a fan of strong songwriting and vocal ability,” says Adkins in a prepared statement. “I can’t say enough about what Colbie, the Harlem Gospel Choir and Exile brought to the table in their own way. It is an honor to have such talented performers, songwriters and producers join me on the most inspiring, satisfying album of my career.”
Each week through album release date, fans can hear a new song from the album at TraceAdkins.com. This week, fans can stream “Watch The World End,” which features Caillat.
The Harlem Gospel Choir backs Adkins on the album’s title track, and Exile joined the singer on a new version of their hit, “Kiss You All Over.”
• The Mavericks recently visited the set of the upcoming ABC drama “Killer Women” to shoot a scene for the pilot episode in which they’ll be shown performing their song “Dance In The Moonlight” in an Austin, Texas, bar. In the scene, the show’s star, actress Tricia Helfer, joins them on stage and plays trumpet with the band.
The new series, which is slated for late summer or fall, centers on Helfer’s character, the only female in the Texas Rangers. Sofia Vergara is an executive producer on the show.
Mavericks lead singer Raul Malo is pictured with Helfer.
• The members of Lady Antebellum say they’ve taken some musical chances on their upcoming fourth album, “Golden,” due out May 7.
“We embraced risk,” says the band’s Hillary Scott in a press release. “When you are pushing yourself to not go back to the same well, you’re gonna come up with something different, or you’ll find songs that are different. And that’s what happened on this album.”
“Every band I love that’s been here for a long time has reinvented itself in some way,” adds the group’s Charles Kelley. “There’s a balance to it. I get a little annoyed when people reinvent themselves too much because there’s a reason people fell in love with you in the first place, but I think it’s important not to regurgitate the same stuff over and over again.”
• The inaugural Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam country music festival has been set for Sept. 26-28 in Panama City Beach, Fla. The event will feature six stages, and is expected to draw about 15,000 people. Performers booked to appear are Toby Keith, Brantley Gilbert, Trace Adkins, Eli Young Band, The Charlie Daniels Band, Kip Moore, Darryl Worley, Blackberry Smoke and Tate Stevens. More info at GulfCoastJam.com.
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