Bruce Robison sets release of "His Greatest" in '09
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
– Since the release of his first album 12 years ago, Bruce Robison has also carved out a career as a songwriter with hits by George Strait, The Dixie Chicks, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
For "His Greatest," Robison re-recorded 10 songs from his catalogue with new arrangements to release digitally Nov. 11, and in stores on Jan. 20, 2009.
"Some of the songs have changed a bit along the way, a little slower, faster, or maybe reflecting a bit of the fine folks who have covered them," said Robison. Re-recording the songs also gives Robison ownership of the versions. The previously recorded versions are owned by his record company, Sony.
"His Greatest includes three number one hits; Travelin' Soldier (Dixie Chicks), Wrapped (George Strait), Angry All The Time (Tim McGraw and Faith Hill), and Strait's top 5 hit "Desperately." Robison also sings his songs that have been covered a bit closer to home with wife Kelly Willis' Not Forgotten You and brother Charlie's Poor Man's Son.
1. Travelin' Soldier
3. The Good Life
4. Angry All The Time
5. My Brother and Me
7. Poor Man's Son
8. Not Forgotten You
9. Red Letter Day
10. Rayne, Louisiana
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Fortunately, Bruce Robison doesn't use the word "hits" in naming this package of 10 songs. Some actually were hits, only not for him. Instead, Robison re-records songs he previously released, in effect, in order to get ownership back of the songs. Robision released several albums through Sony before striking out on his own. His greatest success came as a songwriter, and his enormous skills are on display here.
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