Fans of “Lover, Lover” hit maker Jerrod Niemann can finally rejoice. His sophomore major label album, Free the Music, will finally be hitting stores on October 2. The album has been a work in progress for two years, and features the summer hit “Shinin’ On Me.”
Niemann took his time recording the album and did so in a less-than-traditional manner. He used his live band, rather than studio musicians and also included brass wind horns throughout the record. For Jerrod, the album title is certainly telling. “Free The Music is an album where I wanted to do just that,” says Niemann. “It’s a project honoring many different layers and colors that have appeared in the country genre since recorded music began.”
The album was co-produced by Niemann and Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury producer, Dave Brainard. The album shows off his musical flare, especially on the standout track “Real Women Drink Beer,” which is a unique combo of rockabilly and reggae. He also collaborated with breezy guest vocalist Colbie Caillat on the ballad, “All About You.”
Jerrod Kicked off CMA Festival last Monday, June 4, at his Fan Club Party with Lee Brice to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Nearly 400 fans attended the party, and both Niemann and Brice signed autographs for 10 hours to sign autographs and meet and greet each fan.
Devoted fan Drena Knorr was celebrating her birthday that night and said, “I appreciate the fact that they’re taking time to spend with everyone — that’s one of both artists’ best qualities. It’s been a really long day. All I want to do for my birthday is meet Jerrod and Lee.” She had patiently waiting in line from 1:30 p.m. in the afternoon to 11:30 p.m. that night.
Niemann is currently supporting Miranda Lambert on her “On Fire” tour and will be announcing more tour dates of his own soon. For more info and concert dates, visit www.jerrodniemannofficial.com.