McCoy, Doobies releases give tribute
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
– Neal McCoy gives tribute to Charley Pride on "A Tribute to Charley Pride," out on Cracker Barrel. Garth Fundis produced the 13-song deluxe edition. Raul Malo helps out on "I'm Just Me," Darius Rucker on "Kiss An Angel Good Mornin": and Trace Adkins on "Roll on Mississippi."
The Doobie Brothers apparently have gone country with the help of folks like Brad Paisley, Toby Keith and Zac Brown Band. The Doobies reprise their hits with help from various country singers.
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When discussions of great classic country voices and legacies come about, it's always names like Williams, Nelson, Cash and Jennings that get bandied about. And while there's good reason for those, one would be remiss to forget the influence of Charley Pride as well. A three-time Grammy winner with 29 number 1 hits under his belt, Pride's influence to the world of country music is oftentimes overlooked, but no less present. That influence hit heavy with longtime country star Neal ...
Today, Charley Pride may be most known for blazing a trail as an African-American country singer in the segregation era, but he deserves to be remembered as a star country singer, not just a star African-American country singer. He was, after all, one of the most successful acts of his time, with a string of hits that any singer would envy. Pride's run of hit singles listed from the mid-1960s through the '80s, and he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000. ...
After seven years without a studio album, Neal McCoy has been quite busy of late. First came a collaboration with jazz orchestra leader Les Brown Jr., and now comes his first country record since 2005's "That's Life." To help make his return, McCoy has enlisted dome big time players, in the form of producers Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and Brent Rowan.
While McCoy was a reliable hitmaker in the '90s, he was most known for good-natured, novelty songs and an exciting live show. ...