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Thursday, July 1, 2010 – Billy Ray Cyrus has done his country thing. He's watched and helped his daughter Miley be a superstar, and now he's becoming a rocker.

Cyrus formed Brother Clyde with Samantha Maloney (Motley Crue, Hole, Eagles of Death Metal) and guitarist Jamie Miller (theSTART, Snot). The band will release their self-titled debut album on Aug. 10 via Buena Vista Records/Fontana. The first single from Brother Clyde, Lately, is available now on iTunes.

"I always loved rock 'n' roll," Cyrus said. "That was a heavy part of what I was as a young juvenile delinquent. I tried from my first album to rock like any other Southern rock band."

Cyrus produced the album and co-wrote most of the songs, several with Morris Joseph Tancredi, a musician he met under unlikely of circumstances. Tancredi was his driver in Vancouver, B.C., during production of the 2009 film, "Christmas in Canaan." Recalls Cyrus, "This kid asks me what I'm doing now musically. I played him the first song I had written for Brother Clyde, "Crawl", and he said, 'I didn't know you did that. That's straight up alternative rock.' Then he said, 'I have some stuff of my own you gotta hear."

The first single was written by Tancredi. After a few acoustic grace notes, the song comes down hard with power chords and a lamentation about a faithless world.

The disc also includes The Right Time, an upbeat duet between Cyrus and a hard-rocking Dolly Parton. "Dolly she said she wanted to rock," said Cyrus, who had been working with Parton on a film. "She came to my studio, brought homemade corn, mashed potatoes and a spread of country cooking. We ate, played guitar for an hour then she just kicked ass. She became like Tina Turner. You could tell she really wanted this."

The album ends with Johnny Cash's "Walk the Line," recorded in 1998 with Cyrus and a line-up of all stars. "I was at a place in my life where I didn't fit in with all the hat acts Nashville had at the time," he said. "I just wanted to rock." He assembled drummer Owen Hale, keyboardist Johnny Neil, bassist Allen Woody, guitarists Mike Estes and Ed King, and harmonica player Michael Jo Sagraves in Johnny Neil's basement.

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