July 18, 2008
At the end of 2007, the only artists I could think of that had new albums coming out were Kathy Mattea, Alan Jackson and Dolly Parton. But new albums came along from some of my favorite artists that I wasn’t expecting, like a blues set from Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis and a new studio album from Emmylou Harris.
If you’d asked me a month ago, I wouldn’t have been able to name a new album I was looking forward to in the second half of the year. But then a wave of new sets were announced, with upcoming releases on the way from Todd Snider, Lee Ann Womack, Patty Loveless, and Rodney Crowell. There were rumors of a Tim McGraw set, but I’m questioning that, given that another single from his current album was sent to radio.
Anyway, the album I’m looking forward to most is a new studio set from Wynonna, her first in five years. Her last studio album What the World Needs Now is Love, was my favorite of hers, and the live album that followed it was a gem, too.
Apparently the set will include a cover of Merle Haggard’s “Are the Good Times Really Over.” You can watch her perform it here, but it’s not on YouTube yet. So I’ll close this with a different Wy clip, one that makes me smile every time I see it, and I’ll ask all of you:
What’s the upcoming album that you can’t wait to hear?