Sweet Home A while back, I told you all about the new album “Sweet Home Alabama,” which will be available at Walmart starting July 20. You can read that article here.

randyhouser52 Yesterday, I got to listen to this album, and now I get to tell you all about it. And … I can offer you the chance to win your own copy! I’ve got five copies of this new CD to give away to contest winners!

Before I get into that, however, let me tell you all what I heard when I listened to the album yesterday.

Eric Church  1 Eric Church has the first track on the album – It’s The Ballad of Curtis Loew. The song is just like it was whey Lynyrd Skynyrd did it – and Eric certainly was a good choice to do this opening song. It’s unlike anything I’ve heard Eric do, but he did it really well.

Jamey 2 Randy Houser has the second song on the album, “Simple Man.” My only complaint about this song is that it was too much instrumental and not enough Randy. Long intro at the beginning, and a lot of music between verses. But you what? That’s exactly how it was done originally. If this album is anything, it’s a true tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd!

Uncle Kracker does “All I Can Do Is Write,” Shooter Jennings sings “The Breeze,” and Jamey Johnson got “Four Walls.” I noticed when I  listened to some of these that Lynyrd obviously liked long, instrumental intros to his songs. I’m glad the songs were not changed from the originals.

Ashley Feature We got to slow things down a little with Randy Montana’s version of “Tuesday’s Gone” one of the songs on this album I listened to more than once… or twice… or three times. Love that song, and love the way Randy sings it

EliYoung Mike Eli has got one of the most recognizable voices in country music. I love this kid. In fact, the Eli Young Band was one of my favorite shows at the Appalachian Fair last year. This group sings “Gimme Three Steps” on the tribute album.

Are you starting to notice a shortage of female artists on this tribute album? Never fear – here comes a great one for you! To sing the title track, we’ve got Ashley Ray doing “Sweet Home Alabama.” It’s slower than the original, as I remember it, but this girl is so darn good, that no matter what she did to the song, it would still be great.

Lynyrd Skynyrd Fans — this is a must for your collection. So get to Walmart on July 20, and get a copy the day it hits the shelves. Now, we have another idea … how would you like to win your own copy? It’s easy. We’ve got an entry form below… all you have to do is fill it out, hit the submit button, and you’ll be entered to win one of five copies! The contest will run through July 20, 2010.

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That’s all for today. I’ll talk to you guys later! It’s Tuesday! Hope you enjoy it!
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A while back, I told you all about the new album “Sweet Home Alabama,” which will be available at Walmart starting July 20. You can read that article here. Yesterday, I got to listen to this album, and now I get to tell you all about...