Neal McCoy will be celebrating his 12th on the 6th. That is to say he will be releasing his 12th album, appropriately entitled XII, on March 6th.
The album marks his debut for Blaster Records and is being backed by some of country’s biggest names. It’s produced by CMA’s reigning Male and Female Vocalist of the Year, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert (who had McCoy perform at their wedding), and renowned guitar-slinger, Brent Rowan. Shelton and Lambert even contributed background vocals for the album’s lead single, “A-OK.”
“Neal is not only a friend of mine, but my hero,” commented Blake Shelton about working with McCoy on XII. “Our first priority with this album was that Neal only cut songs that he truly loved and was excited about. That was very important to us.” Miranda Lambert added, “It was a blast seeing Neal and Blake together…had the place laughing all the time. I think fans will hear three different artists coming together on this album with their individual takes on the music.”
Fans will also be hearing the writing styles of many well-known artists who were all eager to be part of McCoy’s XII. Tom Douglas, Rivers Rutherford, Jamey Johnson, Allen Shamblin, Rhett Akins, and newcomers Luke Laird, Brett Eldredge, Geroge Terren and Barry Dean all made contributions.
“It’s like my shows, a little bit of everything that makes music special,” said McCoy. “XII has a little bit of church, a little bit of bar-room, a couple ballads that’ll encourage, and a real Texas thing about finding your groove in the midst of heartbreak with a cold beer and a good jukebox.” Blake and Miranda had definite ideas about what this should be – you almost couldn’t hold ‘em back.”
Here’s the track listing for XII (fittingly there are 12 of them!):
2. Real Good Feel Good
3. Judge A Man By The Woman
5. Shotgun Rider
6. That’s You
7. Crazy Women
8. Lucky Enough
9. Every Fire
10. That’s Just How She Gets
11. Borderline Crazy
12. Van Gogh