Songwriter, producer Laird releases his own CD
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
– Luke Laird, who has 24 number 1 country singles and multiple Grammy, ACM and CMA awards - has never put out a record of his own until now.
Laird will release "Music Row" on Sept. 18. He self-produced the 10-song collection chronicling his journey from being a kid in rural Hartstown, Pa. to becoming a key songwriter and producer in Nashville.
The title track was released today. Partly a story of how Laird ended up in Nashville and partly a love letter to the two streets on which most of the country music business is conducted, "Music Row" is about "little houses full of people drinking coffee, wearing jeans and chasing dreams. Trying to strike a little country gold."
The CD contains songs Laird penned for himself. "I wanted to root this project in the feeling I got when I first came to Nashville - the allure of driving on Music Row and knowing there were songwriters working in those houses," Laird said. "It was so cool to me. I can still romanticize it, and I still like coming into Music Row to write in one of those little houses. There's something magical about it to me."
"Music Row" runs from the lo-fi drum loop driven album-opener title track to "Country Music Will Never Die," the finger-picked tribute to the music that made him.
The track list is:
That"s Why I Don't Drink Anymore
Why I Am Who I Am
Leaves on the Ground
Jake and Mack
One More Divorce
Branch On The Tree
Country Music Will Never Die
All songs were written by Laird except "Branch On The Tree," which was co-written by Laird, Lori McKenna and Barry Dean.