With many schools back in session across the country, the summer is nearing its official end. In the music industry, the end of the season means tours are winding down and artists begin their “hibernation” in the comfort of recording studios. Lady Antebellum and Loretta Lynn have had their creative juices flowing, though, and have recently made announcements in regards to new music being in the works.
Lady Antebellum has achieved quite a bit for only having a total of three albums in their catalogue. The trio has won seven Grammy Awards and sold more than 17 million albums and digital sales, while their latest record, ‘Own the Night,’ was certified platinum and was named Album of the Year at the 2011 ACM Awards, spawning two chart-topping singles, “Just a Kiss” and “We Owned the Night.”
Even as the days of their worldwide tour were winding down, the members of Lady A were dishing on plans for their next record; in fact, the band was hinting at details since February about how they were going to approach the next album. Hillary Scott recently got fans across the country and beyond even more excited by tweeting an update from the studio a week ago (Aug 20):[box type=”shadow” ] “GUESS WHAT?!?!? Album 4 is in the works! Day 1 in the studio for pre-production! Here we go!!!!” [/box]
To say that the next Lady Antebellum record is highly anticipated is a huge understatement. We’ve seen this trio become gigantic stars, both here in the United States and most recently on an international level. The group has expressed their preference to take their time with their new music, admitting that, despite its monumental success, ‘Own the Night’ was rushed. We haven’t heard confirmed details about whether the new music will be from other songwriters or from the members of the band. The material, though, should be of interesting content; after all, there have been quite a few happenings in the lives of Lady A, including Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood each getting married in the past year.
We’ll keep you in the loop of any further developments from the studio…but until then, be elated by the fact that Lady A is working on new music!
And while Lady Antebellum is hard at work in the studio, it seems that country music icon Loretta Lynn already has music completed and ready for release…quite a lot of it actually.[box type=”shadow” ] “I’ve got 60-something things cut already,” she said. “I’ve got a Christmas album, two religious albums. I’m gonna put’em out and get’em on the radio.” [/box]
The Kentucky native and legendary artist has revealed that she also has an album with Merle Haggard in the works, including a song that the two wrote together called “Today I Started Loving You Again.”
Loretta is 80 years old, but still continues to tour and perform, as well as record, despite being hobbled by knee surgery and illness in recent years. To date, she has recorded more than 50 albums since her debut single, “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl,” first impacted radio in 1960. Since that time, she has released 90 singles, including her signature hit, “Coal Minor’s Daughter.” She is one of the most respected and well renowned artists in country music history, and will be portrayed in an upcoming Broadway musical, “Coal Minor’s Daughter,” played by actress Zooey Deschanel.
And while there’s no denying that Loretta is as country as they come, she admits that she knows the sound of country music has changed over the years, but that it’s not necessarily a negative revolution.[box type=”shadow” ] “Country today is like pop music was 40 years ago, that’s the way I see it,” Lynn explains. “But I don’t think it’s a bad thing. I like the polished sound of country, even though I’m as country as cornbread.” [/box]
She’s as country as cornbread? Well who can argue with that? While some may argue that Loretta is being politically correct and polite in regards to country music’s direction, anyone that knows the history of country legend understands that she doesn’t hold back her opinions…and why should she? No, these comments seem to be genuine, and that’s one of the many reasons why we love Loretta Lynn as an artist. She tells it like is.
Loretta Lynn has shows scattered across the U.S. and Canada, and hopefully new music releases will follow soon.[signoff]