Discussion: Desperately Seeking New Music

It’s been more than five years since a new studio album from Wynonna.   We were supposed to get one this fall, but according to this interview, it’s been pushed back until next spring:

She’s been hard at work on her latest album — she said she’s been working on it for more than a year and a half and hopes to have it ready for release by next spring — and is looking forward to sharing more of her musical “her story,” as she calls it, with her fans.

“The album is a collection of stories from my musical upbringing,” she said.

“It took a really long time to make this record because I gave every bit of passion I have ever given on a record in my life.”

She said at this point in her career, she’s eager and grateful for being able to share her musical experience.

“You know, at this age, you get to a point where you’re just grateful to be anywhere. You really do, because you realize ‘You know what? I have the history to prove I can do it.’ It’s not an arrogance, it’s a confidence.”

Her love of Stevie Ray Vaughn, Delbert McClinton and Bonnie Raitt will likely show up on the album.

“You know what it is? It’s not respect, but it’s an homage to those who came before me,” she said. “I feel like in this day and age, we’ve gotten to a point where we’re losing our legends. And it’s really important for me at this time to take a snapshot and say ‘This is where I am, this is where I’ve been and came from.’ It’s really important to honor that.”

So I’m definitely looking forward to her new work, especially since I loved What the World Needs Now is Love and the live album Her Story.   The long gap between sets builds up anticipation, and not every artist can live up to that, which leads to this evening’s question:

What artists kept you waiting a long time for their next project? Were they worth the wait?


  1. Okay, sorry for being so dang predictable, but I have to mention Vince’s These Days box set. It was at least three years between The Next Big Thing album and the box set. He kept saying that he was working on something big, but I don’t think any of his fans understood just how big his project was really going to be. I can emphatically say that it was worth the wait!

  2. Well mine was Rebecca Lynn Howard and though it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting it was awesome anyway.

    I’m still waiting for, well Wynonna I’ve been waiting and I’m hoping it’ll be as good as she’s claiming.
    Aslo on my waiting list
    Chely Wright
    Shania Twain
    Grethcen Peters
    Matraca Berg
    Alison Krauss (with Union Station)

    and I don’t think this will ever happen but Chalee Tennison

  3. I’m not old enough for it to have bothered me much, but I imagine the 20+ year gap between albums for Bobby Bare and Cowboy Jack Clement must have been quite an endurance test for their biggest fans.

  4. Faith Hill comes to mind, yesterday I fell in love with her Fireflies album, and now I want a regular studio album from her.

    Jamie O’Neal, I’m excited for her new album next year.

    I’m still hoping that Nickel Creek will make more music together, but it doesn’t seem to be happening any time soon, so I’m still waiting.

    Sara Evans is another, I hate the period of greatest hits because if I like an artist, I’ll have all their CDs any way, so it ends up being a two year period with only about 2/3 new songs.

    I also would like to mention SHeDAISY (new album in March) and Shania Twain.

  5. As of late, Linda Ronstadt has kept fans like myself waiting on pins and needles for most of this decade. After releasing her 2000 Christmas album A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS, she didn’t release another one of her own for four long years. When she did, in November 2004, it was with an album of jazz standards, HUMMIN’ TO MYSELF, done with a small jazz combo instead of a big orchestra like she had with Nelson Riddle twenty years earlier.

    Us fans only went a little more than a year and a half between albums before her collaboration with Ann Savoy, ADIEU FALSE HEART (a very traditional Americana piece), came out in July 2006. Almost two and a half years later, we still don’t have any definitive word on what Linda’s next album will be (probably another one with Ann).

    Linda’s one singer who doesn’t disappoint, even though the wait between albums is very grinding for her fans. But at this time and place, after more than forty years in this often insane business and 60 million albums sold, she really hasn’t much to prove ton anybody anymore.

  6. James Intveld! It been 8 years since “Somewhere Down The Road” to his new release “Have Faith”. He’s done some side projects of course, like his work on the “Dressed in Black” Cash tribute CD, and several others. For those of you who don’t know, Intveld did the vocals for Johnny Depp in the John Waters cult clasic “Cry Baby” in 1990. However, with James’ new CD “Have Faith” his Roots are once again firmly planted in traditional country, and other Americana Music. Was it worth the wait? Most definately! If you get a chance. check it out.

  7. It would be extremely cool for me if Collin Raye did a completely traditional record, it could even be a covers record like Patty Loveless has done. I just think he’d knock that one out of the park.

    Is it wrong to want a true, real Garth album and not another amalgam of hits with one or two tracks?

  8. Two years was a very long wait for Carrie Underwood’s second album. Also, I’ve been waiting and waiting for Lee Ann Womack’s newest cd…I’m excited that it’s coming out soon!

    Also, I’ve been waitin for new music from SheDaisy, Shania Twain, and Dierks Bentley.

  9. Not counting Greatest Hits II, Diamond Rio went for a little over five years between Completely and The Star Still Shines. The Star Still Shiens was worth the wait, but if an act wantas to keep its fans, it shouldn’t do that too often.

  10. I’m still waiting for Eric Church’s second album. Also, I would love to see Garth release a full new studio album, but that won’t happen anytime soon.

  11. The Dixie Chicks. They released an album in ’99, ’02 and then ’06. There’s no word on their next project yet. You definitely have to be a patient fan. But it’s always worth the wait!

  12. An artist notorious for her long spells of recording inactivity is Lucinda Williams. Six years passed between 1992’s Sweet Old World and her most famous (and best) album, 1998’s Car Wheels on a Gravel Road. Thankfully, we don’t have to wait too much longer for new music from her.

    Agreed with Guns n’ Roses. And Metallica hasn’t been nearly as prolific as I’d like in the last 10-15 years. :)

  13. Guns ‘N’ Roses has a release date of end of November. Scary eh?

    My “need something new” … Chely Wright.

    Other hopefuls agree..
    Nickel Creek, SHeDAISY,

  14. Oh… Chalee Tennison would be another good one… Lila McCann.. Suzy Bogguss… Julie Roberts..

    and without a doubt.. Jessica Andrews

  15. Dixie Chicks for sure. My guess is we won’t see anything from them until next Fall as I haven’t even heard that they are recording yet.

    Also would love to hear something new from Tanya Tucker. Nothing since 2001 I believe.

  16. Once I got so deeply into Hedley, the approx. six months until their second album seemed so far away, and they passed as if I was watching paint dry the whole time. But the album was well worth the wait, and was eased by the release of the first two amazing singles. It’s one one my fav. albums period.

    Josh Gracin’s album, We Weren’t Crazy was torture. Josh used to be my fav. artist, and so when Favorite State of Mind came out and I fell in love with it, I began to anticipate the new album… that didn’t come. Another single came and went, and still, no album. By the time it finally did come out, I had completely moved on, even to a different genre of music, and I although I still love country music and Josh Gracin, it just wasn’t as exciting as it could have been. But there are still some great songs on it.

    My most recent album is McFly’s Radio:ACTIVE, which I had to wait for the Deluxe edition to come out after a shortened release a few moths earlier through a newspaper in Britain. I just got it, and it seems quite worth it.

  17. I think I speak for many when I say Shania Twain. Her last regular studio album was in 2002, and eversince I have been wanting her to come back with some more great songs. Hopefully we get one :)

    I also agree with the Dixie Chicks, their past album was a great artistic comeback, not to mention I think country music needs a revival for the Chicks.


  18. Wynonna is at the top of my list–and I hadn’t heard that it was pushed back which makes it harder.

    Chely Wright’s was also pushed back (but I had heard just later in the fall, which is a bit better).

    Of the other favorites I want new music from: MCC, the Chicks, Reba, and I wouldn’t have come up with her on my own, but I’d love to hear some new Julie Roberts. I can’t figure out why (with her looks and voice) she’s not a major star.

  19. I’m shocked at how many people have been saying SheDaisy. They are good, But I just didn’t know so many liked them.

    I’m anxious for Sara Evans next studio album, Her last studio album was in 2005 (Real Fine Place), So its been 3 years since then. She’s given us little “tastes” of whats to come with “As If”, “Some Things Never Change”, “Pray For You”, “Loved You With All My Heart” (Greatest Hits Album) & “Low” since then. Although she claims her next album will be sometime around this Spring, Its so hard waiting though!

  20. -SHeDAISY
    -Faith Hill (the christmas album was great)
    (and so were The Hits)
    -Shania Twain
    -after Reba’s Room To Breathe album I was waiting anxiously for her next studio album, and i was pleased with her Duets ablum :D
    -also I’m still waiting for the newest Dixie Chicks “gold” xD

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