Pride, Vincent/Singletary make music
Friday, July 7, 2017
– Charley Pride is out with his first album in six years today, while one of the leading lights of bluegrass and a traditional country singer joined forces for a duets release.
Pride, who was CMA Entertainer of the Year in 1971, released "Music in My Heart" on the Music City Records label. Billy Yates produced the 13-song set, which includes "New Patches." Yates had a hand in writing five of the songs. "Country" Johnny Mathis penned two of the songs, while Bill Anderson contributed "You Lied to Me."
Rhonda Vincent and Daryle Singletary got together to record "American Grandstand," a dozen-song set mainly of covers. Among them are "After the Fire Is Gone," "Golden Ring," A Picture of Me Without You" and "One," which is the lead single. Vincent and Singletary co-produced the record, which was recorded in Nashville. While considered a bluegrass performer, about two decades ago, Vincent embarked on a country career and even sang on Singletary's debut disc in 1995 on Giant Records.
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