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Neal McCoy’s New Album Out March 6th; Track Listing Now!

Neal McCoy.

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.”

Randy Travis Kicks Off 25th Anniversary Tour This Week

randy travis

Randy Travis is celebrating his 25 years in country music with the people who made it possible for the legend to have such longevity:  His fans.  The Grand Ole Opry member is taking his music on the road with stops all across North America.  The silver anniversary tour starts Feb. 10 in Grand Ronde , OR and will make at least 30 more stops along the way.  (For a complete list of tour dates, visit his website here.)

The tour is the latest part of the party celebrating Travis’ milestone.  In June, Warner Bros. Records released of the Anniversary Celebration album.  The 17-track album features guest artists who teamed with Travis to cover his classic tracks and some original offerings.   The guest singers include Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, Kris Kristofferson, Carrie Underwood, George Jones, Zac Brown Band, Lorrie Morgan, Jamey Johnson and many more.

Travis has had 18 #1 singles and 29 top-10 hits.  His lifetime sales are more than 20 million, making him one of country music’s biggest sellers of all time.  His honors include seven Grammy Awards, 10 Academy of Country Music statuettes, 10 American Music Awards, two People’s Choice awards, seven Music City News awards, eight Dove Awards and five Country Music Association honors.

You’d think that after 25 years in the business, there wouldn’t be anything new for Travis to experience.  Not true.  What you’re about to read is from a first for him:  His first interview session via conference call!  It may have been foreign territory for Travis, but he sounded relaxed as he talked about the upcoming tour, changes in the making of music and if he’s finally embracing technology: