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Thad Cockrell returns after six years

Wednesday, September 16, 2009 – Thad Cockrell is releasing his first solo album in six years. "To Be Loved" will be out Oct. 13.

"I just felt the conversation wasn't finished," said Cockrell. After spending years writing, road testing and recording the new material, he is ready to share the record he calls "more me than any previous release."

Cockrell worked with producer/engineer Jason Lehning (Alison Krauss, Guster, Lyle Lovett) to make a record that is a departure from his three previous recordings. From the opening song, Pride (Won't Get Us Where We're Going), to the closing track and title inspiration Oh to be Loved, the album has a full sound and lush production.

"I just got past the point of making my music, and I wanted to focus on making our music. Something that touches everyone," said Cockrell. Thad Cockrell emerged as a singer-songwriter with his debut album "Stack of Dreams" in 2001, followed up by Warmth and Beauty in 2003. He teamed up with Caitlin Cary (Whiskeytown) in 2005 for the duet album "Begonias."

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Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
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