To put it simply, John Anderson is one of the greatest country music singers to ever step up to the microphone, possessing one of the most instantly recognizable vocal instruments in the history of the genre.
I had the privilege of chatting with John recently about his upcoming album release for “Goldmine,” released today, May 26th and will mark his first new music in 9 years! He is truly genuine, salt of the earth and couldn’t be more gracious. The highly anticipated new album, which features songs of faith, family, loss, the love of life and more. Track by track, the lyrics are reflective to Anderson’s life and experiences.
“With Goldmine, I thought, first off, I’m going to take my songs into the studio and make a record like I think it ought to be made, without all those other influences,” Anderson says, “I’m more pleased with the sound of this record than I have been in a long time.”
Released on his own record label, Bayou Boys Music, and co-produced by Anderson and his long-time friend, Joe Spivey, the 13-track collection of original material features Anderson’s signature sound. The award-winning and hall of fame songwriter wrote or co-wrote 12 of the album’s 13 tracks.
Goldmine Track Listing and Songwriters:
1. Freedom Isn’t Free (John Anderson/James C. Hicks Sr.)
2. Magic Mama (Merle Haggard)
3. Back Home (John Anderson/Jimmy Stevens/Jeff Farr)
4. Goldmine (John Anderson/Josh Turner)
5. Happily Ever After (John Anderson/James C. Hicks Sr.)
6. I Work Alot Better (John Anderson/Josh Turner)
7. I Will Cross O’er the River (John Anderson)
8. Louisiana Son Of A Beast (John Anderson/Bill Emerson/Jody Emerson)
9. Holdin’ On (John Anderson/Jimmy Stevens)
10. Song the Mountain Sings (John Anderson/Buddy Cannon)
11. On And On And On… (John Anderson/Jimmy Fortune)
12. Don’t Forget To Thank the Lord (John Anderson/John Rich)
13. You All Are Beautiful (John Anderson/James C. Hicks Sr.)
The new album is now available for download on iTunes, Amazon and other major digital retailers. Included on the album is leadoff single “I Work a Lot Better,” which hit radio May11th. The rocking mid-tempo track is in the style of previous chart-topping hits, such as “Money in the Bank.”
“My fans, bless their hearts, hopefully they are ready for some new music from us. I just hope this particular album lives up to their expectations” John stated in our recent interview when asked what he hoped his fans got from the new album. “You know I did work hard on it, and I feel like it’s a real good one, and the whole time I was making it I was trying to make a record that they would enjoy with songs they would want to hear, and hear us play live when they come see us. So I hope we’ve just achieved that and I hope that this record will just step things up to the level that we will see them out on the road!”
Raised in Apopka, Fla., John Anderson grew up listening to both rock and traditional country. In the end, Anderson resisted the call of rock ‘n roll and chose to pursue his country music dreams, and is recognized as one of the greatest country singers to ever step up to the microphone and possesses one of the most instantly identifiable vocal instruments in the history of the genre.
John Anderson has a proven track record of success since he first came to Nashville back in 1971. His career has produced multiple award nominations, including a Grammy nomination, an ACM Career Achievement Award, a CMA Horizon Award, induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, 23 albums and over 60 singles, 26 of which reached Top 10!
With a busy tour schedule through the summer of 2015 and additional dates booked into December. For additional information on John Anderson’s upcoming album and tour dates, visit his official webpage at www.JohnAnderson.com.
Check out John Anderson’s YouTube Mix: