Here’s a press release about this great project:
We are excited to be moving forward with you on our Original Songwriter Demos project. As most of you know, Scott Hendricks and Rebekah Sterk in our A&R department are developing the project, and it is a series of albums featuring the original demos of some of the most famous country songs of the past 20 years. Each volume will have 10 demos, and the packaging will include the stories behind the songs as told by the songwriter(s).
We’re especially enthusiastic about the project because we are able to work with the songwriting and country music community to give country fans and aspiring songwriters a glimpse into the creative process, and a chance to listen to what the stars and music executives heard before the songs were hits. As Robert K. Oermann writes in the packaging, it’s a “peek behind the curtain of music row.”
Original Songwriter Demos Volumes 1 & 2 will be released on October 19th, 2010, and Volumes 3 & 4 are scheduled for release in early 2011. Please check out the attached one sheet* for more details, and just email me if you would like me to send you volumes 1 & 2. We’ve already received so many great ideas and critiques from many of you, and if you have any thoughts on how you would like to get more involved in the project, bring it on! I look forward to working everyone!
Volume 1 will include the demos for “The Dance,” “Strawberry Wine,” “Something Like That,” “Independence Day,” “Bless the Broken Road,” “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy,” “I Hope You Dance,” “Amazed,” and “The House That Built Me.”
Volume 2 will give us “Check Yes or No,” “If Tomorrow Never Comes,” “It’s Your Love,” “If You’re Going Through Hell,” “I Swear,” “How Do I Live,” “Ain’t Nothing Bout You,” “Every Day,” “How Forever Feels,” and “Jesus Take the Wheel.”
I intend to add each of these volumes to my CD collection. I’m looking forward to hearing how the demos sounded, and comparing that to the finished product sung by our country music stars.
I’m heading out to West Virginia now. I’ll be back late Sunday night. Everyone within driving distance might want to head on up, too — we’ll have Nick Nicholson on stage at the Fishbone Gill and Grill tonight in Vienna, West Virginia (near Parkersburg). It’s going to be a great show!
Talk to you real soon! Have a great weekend!