When word hit the other day that Miranda Lambert was rumored to be dating fellow musician Anderson East, many people naturally wondered if the two might record together in the future. I’m not sure if that will ever happen, but it turns out the pair are already featured on a new album together.
Okay, not together exactly, but both do have songs on one new album.
‘Southern Family’ (iTunes) is a new compilation album which features songs from some of today’s most talented country artists including Jason Isbell, Jamey Johnson, Miranda Lambert, and Miranda’s rumored new beau Anderson East.
Producer Dave Cobb told Rolling Stone that a friend mentioned the idea of a concept album to him first and that he originally laughed at the idea. But then he got to thinking about it and decided he really wanted to do it.
The concept is Southern family. It’s everybody writing personal songs about their family growing up in the south. And the second bigger concept is taking all these talented artists and putting them all together. Selfishly, I wanted Chris to be on the same record as Jason Isbell, and Morgane to be on the same record as John Paul White or any of the other people who have done it. We got really fortunate and it keeps growing.
It’s about bringing these artists that are right under the surface. I think the Stapletons and Isbell and all these artists are artists that are going to matter in the future. They are legitimate timeless artists and this scene is bubbling right under a lot of people’s ears. It’s strength in numbers of having so many gifted, talented artists together, unify, and make one record for the right reason.
Morgane Stapleton and husband Chris Stapleton’s amazing cover of You Are My Sunshine (watch) also makes an appearance, which is actually reason enough for me to buy the album.
‘Southern Family’ is available for pre-order now and will be available to purchase March 18, 2016.
‘Southern Family’ tracklist:
- Simple Song – John Paul White (listen)
- God Is a Working Man – Jason Isbell
- Down Home – Brent Cobb
- Sweet By and By – Miranda Lambert
- You Are My Sunshine (with Chris Stapleton) – Morgane Stapleton
- Grandma’s Garden – Zac Brown
- Momma’s Table – Jamey Johnson
- Learning – Anderson East
- Settle Down – Holly Williams
- I Cried – Brandy Clark
- Can You Come Over? – Shooter Jennings
- The Way Home – Rich Robinson