It’s been awhile since Billy Dean released some new music — and even longer since he tasted the kind of chart success he enjoyed with his first few albums in the early ’90s — but he’s making plans to change all that.
Dean has partnered with the Naturipe Farms collective for a series of new recordings, starting with a digital EP that’s currently available on iTunes). He also has plans for a full album in the fall. It might sound like an unusual partnership, but country music and farming is a pretty natural fit — and Dean stands squarely behind the company’s mission to help promote the sale of locally grown produce.
He got married to Miranda Lambert, he’s a judge on NBC’s hit competition series ‘The Voice,’ he has a number one country single and one of the year’s best-selling albums — and now he’s a tour guide for the Grand Ole Opry.
It’s an old music business saying that you get your whole life to write the songs for your debut album, and then you get six months to put together the follow-up. But if you have to write on the clock, you might as well have an expert set of ears listening to the results, right?
More than four decades of history went up in smoke on Saturday, when country music legend Cowboy Jack Clement lost his Nashville home in a blaze that also claimed his well-trafficked studio.
The 80-year-old Clement and his girlfriend escaped unharmed, along with their three cats and Clement’s guitar collection — including his prize possession, a 1951 Gibson J200 that was once scratched by Elvis Presley’s belt buckle. “I got my baby,” said Clement. “That guitar means more to me than the house.”
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