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Connie Smith announces new CD

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 – Connie Smith is coming out with her first disc in 13 years in late August. "Long Line of Heartaches" is set for release on Aug. 23 on Sugar Hill.

This will be the country singer's second release since 1978. The sound is similar to Smith's recordings during the 1960's and '70s.

"And that," said Smith, 69. "is exactly what I wanted to accomplish. I've had people ask me what this album was going to be like, since it's been a long time since they've heard me on record, but my musical tastes have remained the same. I wanted this to be traditional country, and it is."

"One of the reasons that I wanted to do this recording, and it's a personal reason, is that I have such a deep love for traditional country music. We can talk about the music slipping away, or we can do something about it. The only way I know to do something about it is to keep singing what I've always loved."

The album's dozen new tracks was recorded at Nashville's RCA Victor Studio B, where Smith recorded most of her chart-topping hits in her first years as a recording artist, include five new traditional country songs co-written by Smith and husband Marty Stuart, the project's producer. Songs come from long favored Smith sources such as Harlan Howard, Foster & Rice, Kostas, Johnny Russell and Smith's longtime collaborator Dallas Frazier. Frazier's song A Heart Like You becomes the 69th Frazier composition that Smith has recorded - breaking his 30 years of songwriting silence.

The disc features her band The Sundowners and, for the first time, her three daughters, Julie, Jeanne and Jodi who add family harmonies on the contemporary hymn Take My Hand.

"I still love to sing as much as I ever did. I could sing at the kitchen sink, and I'd be happy. I feel it is my destiny to sing."

Having become an overnight country sensation in 1964 when her first single, Once a Day became a number 1 hit, the first time a female country singer's debut single accomplished that, Smith enjoyed a string of hits in the following years that have become country standards, including Ain't Had No Lovin', Just One Time, Run Away Little Tears, I Never Once Stopped Loving You and The Hurtin's All Over. Smith had a long career on RCA and Columbia. Her last solo disc was Connie Smith, out in 1998 on Warner. Smith also released four gospel albums and three collaborative discs including "Love Never Fails" in 2003 with Sharon White and Barbara Fairchild.

CD reviews for Connie Smith

Long Line of Heartaches CD review - Long Line of Heartaches
Upon first impression, Connie Smith sounds every bit the 70-plus year old singer she is. She doesn't have the lung power she once did. However, it's the voice of experience, rather than the voice of strength that makes "Long Line of Heartaches" into a winner. Smith is at her best on Johnny Russell's Ain't You Even Gonna Cry, which features little more than Smith's heartbroken voice over an acoustic guitar. It's just such a great song, and the kind of lyric »»»
Connie Smith
Always known for a powerful voice and exquisite material, Connie Smith proves on her first major label release in years that she can still deliver the goods. From the opening notes of the first cut, a classic shuffle called "How Long," this collection, co-produced by husband Marty Stuart and Justin Neibank, offers a compelling example of how to make intelligent, soulful music that combines classic country sounds with modern styles, especially Stuart's "hillbilly rock." Backed by a small ensemble »»»
The Essential Connie Smith
Connie Smith deserves to be ranked with Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette and Dolly Parton as one of the great female vocalists of 1960's Nashville. As a pure singer, she's technically superior to all of them, with a powerful sobbing voice that sounded like her heart was being ripped from her body every time she sang. This CD sticks with the hits (with the exception of the closing hymn, "How Great Thou Art"). As a greatest hits collection, it's not bad, but Smith deserves better. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Life's good for Carll, Moorer – Life's been pretty darn good for Hayes Carll. He released a new disc, the sturdy, "What It Is," and he remarried - to fellow singer Allison Moorer. Carll has enjoyed a two-decade long career as a plainspoken singer, some of it distinctly country, some of it more following in the footsteps of the great Texas singer/songwriters, like Ray... »»»
Concert Review: Evans brings the cheer – What's a country song without drinking? Morgan Evans seems to have gotten the missive loud and clear as a good chunk of his songs incorporate libations into the mix. And when the Australian-bred singer isn't confronting drinking, he's dealing with matters of the heart, but in keeping with the positive attitude he purveyed, love is most... »»»
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