Nashville, TN -- Hit songwriter and chart-topping bluegrass artist, Larry Cordle, began a project several years ago that not many could even attempt: to record an entire album with world-famous artists who have recorded his songs. As if that were not an elite task in itself, he then had to narrow down the list of artists to an appropriate number for just one CD.
A few of the names included in that final list are Garth Brooks, Dierks Bentley, Trisha Yearwood,Ricky Skaggs, Travis Tritt, Kathy Mattea, Diamond Rio, Terri Clark, and Kenny Chesney, with more to be announced at a later date. The project was shelved for some time, but has since been dusted off by Cordle, along with help of Grammy®-winning producer, engineer, and musician, Randy Kohrs.
Larry Cordle scored his first number one back in 1983, with Ricky Skaggs’ version of "Highway 40 Blues," a song that has gone on to be recorded by several other artists (Click Here to watch Skaggs and Brad Paisley perform it on the Grand Ole Opry). The song that has generated the most attention for the Kentucky native, however, is "Murder on Music Row," recorded by Alan Jackson and George Strait, with a few harmony lines from Lee Ann Womack thrown in like traditional icing on the cake. The hard-hitting song won the 2000 CMA Vocal Event of the Year and the 2001 CMA Song of the Year. Yet another version was also recorded as a duet with Dierks Bentley and George Jones. Throughout his songwriting career, over 55,000,000 CD’s have been sold containing songs written and co-written by Cordle.
The project, thus far, is aimed at a more bluegrass audience, though consideration is being given to providing alternate versions geared for mainstream country radio. A definitive release date has not yet been scheduled, but a late 2012 release date is expected. For more information on Larry Cordle, visit www.LarryCordle.com.