No question about it…with all of the new records hitting shelves and iPods in recent months, it’d be easy to overlook some high quality releases. Without a doubt, though, emerging from the rest of the field are two of the more anticipated albums of the year…from Gary Allan and Big & Rich.
For Allan, this will be his first release since 2010’s ‘Get Off On The Pain,’ and, after rumors of being nearly completed, he formally announced recently that the record’s lead single, “A Tough Goodbye,” is completed and will be impacting radio airwaves soon. According to Gary himself, this album is a direct reflection of where he is in his life right now, from the songwriting straight through to the production.
[box type=”shadow” ] “It covers everything from breaking up to healing,” Allan said. “It goes from anger to healing.” [/box]
So what can we expect from a musical standpoint?
[box type=”shadow” ] “It’s a really up album. It’s a more rocking album than I’ve ever done.” [/box]
Without a doubt, he’s been testing some of the new tunes out on live audiences during his run on the Country Throwdown Tour. But if this album is as “up” as he describes, this would once again serve as another alteration in the Gary Allan sound. And, given his process before, during and after record production…it’s no wonder his focus shifts from tempo to tempo.
[box type=”shadow” ] “I’ve never listened to an album once I’ve finished it. All I hear is what I should’ve done different. I beat myself up over it. Not going back and focusing on what I’m writing currently, and what my friends have, always gives it a new shape. I don’t have to try too hard to make it different.” [/box]
No confirmed release date has been slated for the new record…but again, the lead single is called “A Tough Goodbye.”
And while Gary Allan hasn’t offered a new collection of music in two years, it’s been over five years for the boys of Big & Rich. But that’s all about to change soon, as the duo of Big Kenny and John Rich are set to release their brand new album, ‘Hillbilly Jedis.’ While there’s been no confirmed release date for the record, the lead single, “That’s Why I Pray,” is climbing the charts now.
The more we learn about this album, the better it sounds. In fact, they have partnered with Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora on the new record, writing and playing songs, and even collaborating in the studio as well.
[box type=”shadow” ] “It came out in a writing session we were doing with Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi we were doing the other week. They are doing to record the song on our new album and a line in the song was “hillbilly jedis with attitude.” All of a sudden, Bon Jovi stops and says, “Hillbilly Jedis? That’s it. I’d buy that shirt.” We were like, “Hey, that’s about as descriptive as you can get of what we are.”” [/box]
That’s right…the boys of Bon Jovi came up with the title of the new album. We can’t wait to hear it. We’ll let you know as soon as a release date and other details are made available.