Buddy, Julie Miller schedule first CD in eight years
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
– Buddy and Julie Miller have been writing and making music together since they first met and married more than 20 years ago, but it's been rare that the have recorded together. In fact, their second disc, "Written in Chalk," drops March 3, 2009 on New West., 8 years after their debut together.
Guests on the 12-song record include Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Regina and Ann McCrary and Larry Campbell. The record was recorded at the couple's home studio in Nashville.
Julie Miller has released six solo albums and Buddy five. While Buddy was out on tour recently with Robert Plant and Alison Krauss as well as The Three Girls and Their Buddy tour he does with Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin and Patty Griffin, Julie wrote 9 songs for the record.
The disc includes ballads, such as Don't Say Goodbye with Griffin on backing vocals. Buddy contributes to the country rock duet Gasoline and Matches and Dee Ervin's more bluesy, One Part, Two Part, which Buddy sings with Regina and Ann McCrary. Plant adds vocals on What You Gonna Do, Leroy, a swampy stomp written by Mel Tillis and originally performed by Lefty Frizzell.
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